Two local authors share their new novels.
On Bill Rundle's computer screen was a message from a dead man. Justin Marsh, his graduate research assistant at MIT's Cognitive Computing Lab. Justin was inventive, curious, and brilliant beyond any student he'd ever had. On an early morning walk by the Charles River the day before, Rundle had discovered Justin's body lying in the water, oddly mutilated--the left eye was missing. But now, somehow and from somewhere, a computer belonging to Justin had come to life to send his posthumous email. Attached were over six thousand lines of what looked like jumbled code--or was it? What secret did it hold? Either way, Rundle couldn't make sense of the message, why Justin had sent it, or why those six thousand lines of seeming gibberish may have cost him his life...
Helped by a colleague, Rundle learns it's a program for piloting an America's Cup yacht. Under suspicion himself for Justin's murder, and despite threats, Rundle sets out to uncover the real killer. Suspects linked to an America's Cup team include a Russian Mafioso, an aggressive Japanese millionaire, a Boston-based entrepreneur, even the head of Rundle's own lab. When another colleague is found dead, Rundle deciphers a complex clue that leads him to a deadly climactic encounter.
Holding a PhD in experimental psychology from Brandeis University, Richard Bolt was a founding member of MIT’s noted Media Laboratory, where, as a senior research scientist, he led groundbreaking research in multi-modal human/computer interaction. Since retirement from MIT, he has turned his hand to mystery and suspense writing. He and his wife Olga make their home in Arlington, Massachusetts.
What do you do when when your daughter brings home her fiance and he's a reanimated corpse? Not only that, but he was to convert to Judaism, while some are trying to prevent the wedding from ever taking place? Daniel M. Kimmel, the comic mind behind Shh! It's a Secret and Time on My Hands, answers these questions and more in his latest novel, Father of the Bride of Frankenstein.
Film critic and professor Daniel M. Kimmel has taught film and media classes at Emerson College, Boston University, and Suffolk University. His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network, received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I'll Have What She's Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his law degree from Boston University. He is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award presented by the New England Science Fiction Association for contributions to the field of science fiction.