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Delete All Suspects

by Donna Andrews

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Series: Turing Hopper Mysteries (4)

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"After a hit-and-run leaves Eddie, a young techie, in the hospital, his grandmother hires Turing's PI friend Tim to find out who did it. The grandmother thinks the collision had something to do with Eddie's business, which he runs out of their computer-filled basement. But before Tim and Turing can investigate Eddie's business, they have to figure out what it is. While Turing tries to break into Eddie's computers - without leaving tell-tale clues - Maude scours the paper-cluttered basement for information and Tim interrogates the reclusive techie's few friends." "A little investigation reveals that Eddie lets his scummy friends use his subterranean computers anytime they like. Some are running highly unsavory websites, while others may be using legitimate-looking spam to con people out of their credit card numbers. Nothing Turing and company can't handle, though." "Until the feds show up, looking for a dangerous online vigilante who's also using Eddie's computers, leaving Turing and her friends caught in the middle. They can't let the vigilante continue - but they can't tell the FBI everything they know without revealing Turing's identity to the world. So they become vigilantes themselves, hoping to make sure the original vigilante has logged in for the last time. And what started as a simple hit-and-run becomes a deadly game of computer-and-mouse."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Turing Hopper is an AIP – Artificial Intelligence Personality. She and her human friends operate Allen Grace, a firm that mixes private investigation and computer consulting. A young man who has a home office providing web-hosting services is seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, and his grandmother hires the Allen Grace crew to make sure his business is operating while he recovers. But, they quickly uncover some rather unsavory, unethical and downright illegal activity.

This is book four in the series, but I didn’t feel I was missing anything. There’s obviously a recurring “villain” (think Professor Moriarity) who remains unseen – at least in this segment. I thought this was a pretty interesting and fresh premise. I believed in Turing as a “personality” all her own, rather than just a series of codes. However, the plot is pretty awkward and I guessed the perpetrators much more quickly than either the humans (including police and FBI) or the AIP. The final solution is totally unrealistic, and I’m left dissatisfied.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
Fourth and - to date - final mystery in the Turing Hopper series. According to her website, Donna Andrews is planning to write more, which is a relief - the plots vary in quality, but the characters only go from strength to strength! (Still loving Maude, although not sure about her love interest, FBI agent Dan Norris).

'Delete All Suspects', as with the other three novels, is well paced but believable - the technobabble is neatly explained by Turing (she's a computer, she's allowed to know everything), and her human assistants provide the standard detective fare (misjudging people and finding themselves in danger). It is easy to work out two of the 'twists in the tale' before the characters do, but the mystery - a hit-and-run 'accident' of a small-time web host - keeps building in tension right until the end. Then, unfortunately, the continuing saga of Turing's 'little sister', or clone, T2 butts in again and the drama sort of fizzles out. This should be covered in one book and then left alone. Although, without T2, the actual solution to the puzzle might have been a little bland.

The body count is always surprising - no last minute reprieves here - and Turing's computer log could do with trimming still (she adds more to the story in dialogue, whether with people or her fellow AIPs than with introspection), but it's good news that this isn't Turing's final case. (And perhaps another sequel will pick up on Turing's 'slip of the processor' in front of new team member Claudia, which seemed to pass without comment here.) ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Mar 28, 2009 |
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"After a hit-and-run leaves Eddie, a young techie, in the hospital, his grandmother hires Turing's PI friend Tim to find out who did it. The grandmother thinks the collision had something to do with Eddie's business, which he runs out of their computer-filled basement. But before Tim and Turing can investigate Eddie's business, they have to figure out what it is. While Turing tries to break into Eddie's computers - without leaving tell-tale clues - Maude scours the paper-cluttered basement for information and Tim interrogates the reclusive techie's few friends." "A little investigation reveals that Eddie lets his scummy friends use his subterranean computers anytime they like. Some are running highly unsavory websites, while others may be using legitimate-looking spam to con people out of their credit card numbers. Nothing Turing and company can't handle, though." "Until the feds show up, looking for a dangerous online vigilante who's also using Eddie's computers, leaving Turing and her friends caught in the middle. They can't let the vigilante continue - but they can't tell the FBI everything they know without revealing Turing's identity to the world. So they become vigilantes themselves, hoping to make sure the original vigilante has logged in for the last time. And what started as a simple hit-and-run becomes a deadly game of computer-and-mouse."--BOOK JACKET.

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