It started a long while back in Cupertino, CA when my friend Gary wore a Napster T-shirt to work. Engaging conversation regarding intellectual property ensued: What rights did consumers have to make copies? What rights did the creators have to control their work? How were artists to be compensated? How were listeners going to be able to make use of the incredible digital playback devices being developed at the time? How did the Internet play into all of this? Would people listen to lower quality compressed audio files? (We know the answer to that last one.)
It was a long conversation that continues to this day.
Over the years that small seed grew into my second novel, Mash Up, featuring Qigiq, the no-nonsense Alaskan detective from RATS, and his new partner Kandy Dreeson: a hard-charging, fast-driving detective in San Francisco. Kandy and Qigiq’s first case together begins with the arrival of an Amazon box at the apartment of a college musician who hysterically claims the creepy contents belong to her cello-playing, recently-gone-missing roommate. The novel is set in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, with visits to New York City.
Here’s more information from the dust jacket:
Qigiq faced failure before, but the last time felt different—like the world had packed its technology bags and left him behind. So he trades his Fairbanks job for a temporary assignment with one Kandy Dreeson: a young, talented, rule-bending, seat-of-her-pants, detective on the San Francisco police force. Kandy energetically embraces the role of helping her new partner from Alaska learn how criminals use modern technology to commit crimes that didn’t exist until the 21st century.
Their first case begins with the arrival of an Amazon box at the apartment of a college musician who hysterically claims the creepy contents belong to her cello-playing, recently-gone-missing roommate. After Qigiq’s life is threatened, more musicians receive “gifts,” and a new kind of virus is detected on the World Wide Web, Qigiq worries he is once again in over his head.
Follow Qigiq and Kandy on this riveting escapade as they strive to avoid very real-life stalkers while unraveling a web of cyber-clues: a shocking video on YouTube posted by F112358, a mysterious Internet-virus that appears to attack music fans, and the curious power of a craigslist ad.
(And my thanks to Gary, I’m wondering if he still has that shirt somewhere…)