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I've always loved reading mysteries. It was probably inevitable that my first book would be a whodunnit. 'IT Can Be Dangerous' opens with a murder in a conventional London City office and explores what the startled body-discoverer did next.
I've been a computer programmer for years, so a programming office was the natural environment to set the book in.
I was born in Dublin. I've lived in Ireland for most of my adult life except for a year in Sydney (the one in Australia) and two years working in the City in London.
I've had my writing broadcast on Irish national radio station RTE1. At work, I specialise in C++ real-time software development and, more recently, .NET.
I have a degree in Politics and Philosophy and a First Class Masters in Applied Computing for Technologists.
I've taught both creative writing and computer courses.
There's a bit of a theme here....
In 'IT Can Be Dangerous' I got to blend writing and programming into my favourite genre - crime fiction. I put a lot of work into making the programming sections accessible though so don't be intimidated... if you're a mystery fan, this is the book for you!
on June 06, 2014 :
This book is a sharply acerbic and insightful detective story which brings together several tropes of the current zeitgeist - blending comedy reminiscent of "The Office" with the careful plot structure of the great detective writers and achingly cutting edge knowledge a la Douglas Coupland - all the petty office politics and daily drudgery any office worker faces are mercilessly lampooned and cleverly enlivened with vignettes on the glamour of working in London and the likeability of the main character. Added to this the insights into the culture of some of the best paid workers in the world - computer programmers - is fascinating and not only does not debunk the myth of the computer genius but actually inadvertently and amusingly reveals the reasons why they are so well rewarded. This book is a great read carefully crafted without a wasted phrase or an unnecessary paragraph and i'd be surprised if you don't finish it in a weekend so find yourself a few hours to relax and enjoy !
(reviewed the day of purchase)