Technically Dead

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
152 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2015
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Author Biography

William Meisel is an industry analyst covering the commercial uses of speech and language understanding technology. Meisel’s latest book is a novel, Technically Dead, which takes place in a near future predicted by his 2013 non-fiction book, The Software Society: Cultural and Economic Impact. Meisel blogs on related topics at He writes a monthly paid-subscription industry newsletter, Speech Strategy News, and organizes the annual Mobile Voice Conference in his role as Executive Director of the Applied Voice Input Output Society. Meisel has a B.S. in Engineering from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from USC. He began his career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at USC and published the first technical book on “machine learning” (Computer-Oriented Approaches to Pattern Recognition, Academic Press).

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Technically Dead is a murder mystery written by William Meisel. Edward Hoskins was found dead from a gunshot wound in his house in Beverly Hills. He had been shot in the stomach and had crawled over to the telephone to get help. Police Detective Nikki Sharp has been assigned to the case. She's called in her consulting/civilian partner, Archie, a gifted high-tech sleuth whose background with the NSA and experience in cyberspace make him an invaluable asset to the police department in their investigations. Hoskins had declared bankruptcy some time before his death when his company, Involvement, Inc, a formerly hot and promising tech startup, lost ground after the hacking of customers' credit card information and denial-of-service issues crippled his business. His competitor, George Michalopoulos, profited from Hoskins' loss and bankruptcy. As Michalopoulos was listed on the victim's calendar on the evening of his death, Nikki and Archie have started investigating him as their most likely suspect.

William Meisel's police procedural mystery, Technically Dead, is well-plotted and very entertaining. Archie's lack of familiarity with social niceties makes him a refreshing and original character, and I particularly enjoyed his interactions with his computer assistant, Erasmus. Nikki and Archie decide to throw caution to the winds and see where their mutual attraction takes them, adding a strong thread of romantic uncertainty to the plot, which does not distract overmuch from the mystery at hand. Meisel's plot is strong and credible, and the reader is presented with a number of likely culprits and scenarios to consider along with the detective and her sleuthing partner. Technically Dead is recommended for fans of the police procedural and tech genres.

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