Hacker - Deb Ralston, Bk 8 Author:Lee Martin Nobody who knew kindly, semi-retired Eric Huffman could believe someone hated him enough to hack him to death, along with his computer, but that's what his wife, Clara, returning from a trip to the beauty parlor, found in their comfortable suburban home. — A tough case for Fort Worth Police Detective Deb Ralston (Hal's Own Murder Case, et... more »c.), who's embroiled, as usual, in domestic turmoil. It gets even tougher when restaurant owner Helen Thorne is killed in the same grisly way. Now it's up to Deb to find the crucial connections.
This in the midst of husband Harry's MBA study program; the uneasy presence in the house of drifter Shane Corbett; the demands of baby Cameron; the over chronicled eccentricities of various household pets; and the grief of son Hal, whose girlfriend Lori, daughter of a fellow policewoman, has been left comatose after a hit-and-run car accident. It takes a while, but all the bits and pieces finally mesh in a windup that shocks but rings true. A cunningly plotted, cozily written, offbeat spin on the standard procedural -- and a welcome addition to an engaging series.« less
Hovering perilously near burnout with the demands of police duty and family life -- specifically toddler, husband, teenager and a friend comatose from a hit-and-run -- Fort Worth detective Deb Ralston now adds grisly ax murder to her twenty-five-hour days.
A man and his computer are hacked to pieces. Eric Huffman had no enemies, no reason to be so violently murdered. Neither did restaurant owner Helen Thorne, but a day later both she and her computer are victims of the same horrible crime. The evidence is thin, but disturbing...since the pattern seems poised to repeat itself in Deb's own household.