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The God App
by David Chacko
About this Book
Say the department has given you an assignment that no one else wantsa break-in at a small software company in the area. Say that a program has been stolen and that the investigation begins to get its own legs pretty quick, peeling back into the violent past about as fast as it moves into the future. Say that it slowly turns into the biggest case anyone has ever seen in the city of Great Reach. Huge sums of money. Characters much bigger than life. Stakes that can go no higher.
Then you can call it The God App.
About the Author
David Chacko is the author of twenty-two critically acclaimed novels in the mystery and espionage genres. He is also the co-author of one of the groundbreaking texts in the field: Crime and Punishment: An Introduction to Detective Fiction.
Chacko's books have been called "brilliant and scaring" (Kirkus), and "raw-boned and brutal" (The Detroit News). He is known as "a novelist of talent and power" (Playboy), "a writer of power and intensity" (Publisher's Weekly), and his work as "compelling and unexpected" (Newsweek), "a powerhouse charged with artistic and imaginative feats." (Buffalo Courier-Express)
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David Chacko's newest mystery novel, The God App, takes place in the the fictional city of Great Reach which is somewhere north of New York City. A world away, in other words. It's been called a separate countryHedgistanbecause of the hedge funds and other financial firms that settled in the county. They usually don't cause anyone trouble except the taxman, and he closes his eyes, too.
Everyone accepts these things, though they understand that the billionaires pay less taxes than they do. No one thinks of upsetting the status quo, certainly not the Great Reach police volunteer, Greg Louden.
When he's called in to investigate a theft of a financial program at a local software company, Louden can't imagine that events will ramify far beyond his ability to control them. It isn't long before he's rammed back into the past by the vectors of the investigation. What he finds at the heart of the matter is the brutal murder of a university professor. It seems he had invented a program that anticipates major moves in the financial markets.
It takes Louden a while before he sees the program as an infallible predictor of what tomorrow will bring. Just about the time he does, he discovers why the software was stolenand by whom. The deed seems to have been done by a man who is so far above the law that the people who rule our world come to him for their guaranteed return.
The rest of the story follows Louden as he marshals his forces to bring down Michael Harnthe manager of a family of hedge funds, the thief and murderer. He travels all over the east to track down perjurers, junkie lawyers, and corrupt politicians. He gets far too close to his target when he meets and become entangled with Harn's beautiful wife.
But that's still not close enough to bring down the killer. Louden finally has to harness the power of the Internet with the promise of redemption to force the violent conclusion of the novel. It's a shocker, but one that fans of David Chackothe author of twenty-some novelswill be expecting.
The God App was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 1-936154-76-5
284 pp, $15.97