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Fatal Encryption (Alex Bellamy mystery) Perfect Paperback – April 15, 2008
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FATAL ENCRYPTION is a corporate caper with plenty of twists and turns, and an assortment of appealing characters to keep you guessing. Debra Purdy Kong's newest novel offers a well-plotted mystery reminiscent of the classic whodunits. A great beach read! --Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling author
About the Author
Award-winning writer, Debra Purdy Kong, resides in Canada's pacific northwest. After earning a diploma in criminology, she published more than eighty short stories, essays, and articles for publications that include Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, NeWest Review, Dandelion, Lynx Eye, and several mystery magazines. First introduced in Debra's novel, TAXED TO DEATH, Alex Bellamy's story picks up eighteen months later in FATAL ENCRYPTION, where his life isn't going exactly as planned.
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I first met ALEX BELLAMY in "TAXED TO DEATH", when he was a young Auditor for REVENUE CANADA. After he and his partner stepped on some well-connected toes, and Alex solving a couple of murders, he was summarily discharged from Revenue Canada. So, between 1995 and 2008, he eeked out a meager living as a free-lance computer analyst, resolving a host of mundane problems for computer illiterate clients. He had been toying with the idea of starting his own Cyber Tech firm but lack of money was holding him back.
Fast-forward to 2008, with a stack of bills piling up on his desk at home, his girlfriend Lena coerces him to attend a Halloween Party in a costume she hand made for him. She dressed as "Miss Piggy", he was relegaterd to appear as "Hermit the Frog", much to the glee of the men at the party, and much to his humiliation. Lena has been trying to get him to accept a position as the Chief Computer Analyst for her employer, McKinley Depatment Stores, a staid old family buiness with a chain of upscale department stores in British Columbia. The department store had fallen victim to a disguntled analyst who had "frozen" their antiquated computer system, wreaking havoc to the entire chain, and causing severe financial problems. The stores' problems were enhanced by feuding siblings about to inherit control.
ALEX BELLAMY finally acquiesses and accepts the position on an interim basis. When one of the store's IT employees is murdered that Halloween night, what follows is a cyber crime novel filled with a colorful cast of characters that jump off the pages. It takes ALEX 36 Chapters to where the reader will sigh a tremendous relief at the end of this taught, suspensfull novel.
I KNOW there will be MORE of ALEX BELLAMY and I am anxious to read what Author DEBRA PURDY KONG will have ALEX doing next to make me put my writing aside, close my door and spend a few hours reading and enjoying her picture-perfect descriptions of the supporting cast and the colorful scenery of where the action takes place.
FATAL ENCRYPTION took Debra Purdy Kong thirteen years, yes . . . THIRTEEN YEARS to bring Alex back to us, I hope she hears me, I can't wait! If I could, I would give this ALEX BELLAMY NOVEL more than FIVE STARS. but Amazon won't let me, I guess. DEBRA PURDY KONG IS A MASTER STORY TELLER.
All in all, it is a wonderful story that keeps us guessing until the very end. Watch out! The culprit is not who you think it is! Recommended for those who love a good, intelligent, mystery.
Half-way through and I just don't care. I can't relate to any of the characters - even though I'm a computer tech-guy. The things that seemed important to the characters are not things important to me I guess.
I should have done the Kindle preview - first (and last!) time that I didn't take the time to do that - oh well.
Maybe it's a good story to someone else - maybe the characters are compelling to someone else. Just not to me. At all.