- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (September 5, 2006)
- ISBN-10: 0425209024
- ASIN: B001PIHWTI
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
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Delete All Suspects (A Turing Hopper Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, September 5, 2006
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Anything computer related is over Tim's head, so he immediately turns to his friends. While Artificial Intelligence Personality (AIP) Turing Hopper tries to gain access without leaving any traces, Maude Graham sorts through the clutter in the basement room Eddie lived in hoping to find a password that will help them gain access without hacking.
Tim and Claudia, meanwhile, track down and interview Eddie's friends. What they uncover is a trusting guy who let too many people have access to his system. Several friends seem to be taking advantage of that trust. But did one of them run him down to keep Eddie from turning them over to the authorities? Or is something else to blame for Eddie's accident?
This series has been a favorite since book one. Once again, Donna Andrews delivers a great mystery with engaging and well-developed characters. Since this series builds on each book, you really must read them in order to fully understand the people and relationships here. Even though enough background is given to bring new readers up to speed, this necessitates spoiling previous books in the series.
AIP Turing continues to be the best-developed character in the series. Even though she's not human, Ms. Andrews brings her hopes, desires, and wants to life in a realistic way. Turing takes up a new hobby this time around, pets. Watching her want what humans take for granted and the trials she puts her human friends through to get them provides for some nice comic moments.
This isn't to say that the humans aren't well developed as well. Maude and her struggle between loyalty to Turing and her desire to become closer with her boyfriend Dan is well handled. I find myself rooting for them to stay together even if I can't see how the two of them can work things out. Tim's insecurities are equally endearing. He and Claudia make a great team. Since point of view shifts seamlessly between these three characters, they are the best developed in the series, but that's not to the detriment of the others, including the new characters.
The plot, as always, is top notch. Things seem to be straightforward for quite a while, but there are several twists to watch out for that I never suspected were coming. While this book doesn't deal exclusively with series nemesis Nestor Garcia, that storyline gets a nice twist as well. The ending was once again a bit rushed, but a second, slower reading helped me straighten everything out in my mind.
This series continually entertains. Adding that to its unique premise, it will easily entertain science fiction and mystery fans equally. YOU'VE GOT MURDER is the best place to start to fully enjoy it.
Andrews has made Turing into a dectective and with the help of her human friends she has solved several difficult cases prior to this one. Although Turing can pull computing power from anywhere, and can hack into anything she does have ethics and morals built into her program so she uses her skills only to help her human co-workers solve crimes. It is during these investigations that, although Turing does her best, sometimes she has difficulty understanding her friends both human and machine.
Delete All Suspects involves the web hosting business of Eddie Stallman. P.I., an acquaintance of Tim Pincoski, who also works for Turing's company. He is hired by Eddie's grandmother and landlady to find out who ran him down in a hit-and-run car accident. Tim is also asked to check into Eddie's business and try to keep it going. The police think it is just an accident, despite an eyewitness' description, and have no interest in Eddie's business. Tim becomes increasingly dubious that it was an accident so he involves both Turing and Turing's partner and human friend, Maude Graham.
Turing is unable to break into Eddie's network because Eddie has protected all his business files, but eventually Maude discovers paper clues in Eddie's messy basement office. Irate phone calls from his clients lead Turing, Maude and Tim to the conclusion that Eddie has been hosting web sites and that he may have also been involved in pornographic and gambling sites.
As clues mount up, more questions than answers continue to puzzle Turing and her friends. Evidence is mounting that Eddie might have also been involved in Internet drug sales or credit card "phishing." There are 2 more murders and the investigation becomes more difficult and hazardous.
In Delete All Suspects, Turing's growth as a sentient being is evident. She is retrospective and finds that her understanding of human behavior is limited and begins to ask questions of Maud in an effort to understand her better . In a humorous section, Turing adopts a cat as a pet, but finds that Tim has to take care of it since she can't.
Andrews also does a great job with her human characters. Maude, Turing's partner and friend, has to struggle between loyalty to Turing and her desire to become closer with her boyfriend Dan without devulging Turing's secret. Tim, is also gaining maturity and leaving his insecurities behind. I am glad to see that Claudia, the attorney, is going to stay as part of the team. Andrews chooses to shift point of view between the three main characters, so their internal monologs further the plot and character development.
This is a great series, immaginative and well written. My hat is off to Andrews who has done an admirable job of conbining science fiction and mystery. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series so you can enjoy all the books and "growing pains" of Turing.
It would probably be less confusing to read them in order, as a villain and several protagonist characters seems to reappear or be mentioned later in the series. This story uses an identity theft theme.
I think this probably is the last book in the series. as it was published nearly 8 years ago.
It is a cute series and the characters who are Turing's friends are a great combination.
The only bone to pick is enough already with Turing's 'twin' who has been kidnapped by the bad guys. After 4 books, we need a new turn for Turing.
Good light book.