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meet the hacker.

I just read two thrillers, both feature characters who play the role of the hacker: a whiz who cracks codes, breaks into protected areas and retrieves critical information.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, is a stark, lyrical, knuckle biting gem by a man who should have written 12 more, but died of a heart attack shortly after publication. Probably the best thriller I’ve read in 5 years. No lie.

About Face, by Donna Leon. The 18th in her celebrated series. Not her best, but its got a great ending and, as always, features the talented Signorita Ellettra for whom pass codes and firewalls are a mere delay in the quest for information and data.

The Girl: A+

About Face: A –

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