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The author's two previous books, The Oblong Dots and The Zero Mass Machine, were technological thrillers. His third book, The Farnsworth Murders, departs from the technical genre and puts the reader in the middle of a confidence game and murder. The setting is a small town in Ohio, and the story is presented in a charming almost-noir style, complete with a huge mansion, a butlers, a cook, and a gardener. J. R. Murphy is a retired electrical engineer who finds time to read, write, and ride bicycles. He lives with his wife in Morgantown, WV.

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James Murphy (1937 - ? ) was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia. After moving around until James was 4, his parents finally settled down on North Florida Street, where he lived through high school. In 1956 he entered the USAF, then returned to his hometown when discharged in 1960. Even though he had failed public speaking and english while in high school, he began his working career as an announcer at a local radio station. He took a job for a brief time in Weston, then moved to Fairmont as an afternoon announcer at WMMN, the local CBS outlet. In 1966, he signed on as afternoon jock in Morgantown, West Virginia.
After finishing a course in engineering at Capitol Radio Engineering Institute, and obtaining his FCC license in 1967, he began working as a broadcast engineer, and remained with WAJR in Morgantown for the next 20 years. After a brief stint teaching and running a small business, he returned to WAJR for another 5 years. In 1990 he began working as a field engineer with U.S. Cellular. When he retired in 2003, he was working as a performance engineer with Dobson/ AT&T cellular.
In his retirement, he now writes, reads, and enjoys bicycling. The Oblong Dots was his first novel, published in 2010. In 2011, his second novel, The Zero Mass Machine, was published, and in 2011 he published The Farnsworth Murders.

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