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Gerald M. Weinberg (Jerry) writes "nerd novels," such as The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, and Mistress of Molecules—about how brilliant people produce quality work. His novels may be found as eBooks at or on Kindle. Before taking up his science fiction career, he published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He also wrote books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series. He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, and software engineers). Early in his career, he was the architect for the Mercury Project's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. Winner of the Warnier Prize and the Stevens Award for his writing on software quality, he is also a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame. The book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) honors his work for his 75th birthday. His website and blogs may be found at http://www.geraldmweinberg.com.
on April 30, 2013 :
Where There's a Will There's a Murder is a great page-turner and an excellent mystery, filled with fascinating characters and superb plotting. Almost-sixteen math genius Libby Myers as the main character is a true delight, with her fascinating cerebral musings, vegetarian diet, fear of drowning, and penchant for petty, souvenir kleptomania. She and her crime/problem solving team of eccentric geniuses are kind of like The Big Bang Theory meets CSI, jetting all around the world in their own unique way to figure things out. Don't miss this great read, wait for the next installment eagerly, and read Book One in the Residue Class Series also. This is Book Two.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 22, 2012 :
Where There's a Will, There's a Murder (A Residue Class mystery), by Gerald M. Weinberg
This book is the latest in a series of mysteries featuring a Mathematics professor and his genius protégés. The story is told by a particularly precocious protégé.
While the crew tries to locate the heir to a sizable estate, the likely heirs are murdered one by one. So in order to locate the heir, they must solve the murders and nab the culprit.
In writing this novel, Weinberg indulges in some mild satire, making the read all the more entertaining. So be alert when reading.
I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 25, 2012 :
Weinberg’s Residue Class novels hearken back to the Sherlock Holmes stories where the joy of the writing isn’t brute action (although there are a couple scenes of that in Where There’s a Will…), but rather clever deduction. Even more, Weinberg relishes how all things of this world work, from foreign languages and customs to the computer black boxes of sports cars and, particularly in this novel, the almost farcically-complex rules of estate law. It’s like traveling the world while having an intense chat with a bunch of really interesting, intelligent people.
And when those people also have delightful quirks and character growth, like Weinberg’s narrator here – a charmingly-naïve female fifteen-year-old math-genius kleptomaniac named Libby – you know you’re in for a delightful series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)