Sunday, December 23, 2018

Ten mysteries that explore the treacherous world of social media

Molly Odintz is the Associate Editor for CrimeReads. She grew up in Austin and worked as a bookseller at BookPeople for years before her recent move up to New York City for a life in crime. She likes cats, crime novels, and coffee.

At CrimeReads she tagged ten "mystery novels to make us even more afraid of technology than we already are," including:
The Watcher in the Wall by Owen Laukkanen

Laukkanen’s series characters, FBI Agents Windemere and Stevens, track down a killer who’s posing as a suicidal teen and using social media to convince teens to kill themselves. Laukkanen’s series has explored contemporary issues from the start—his first, The Professionals, involves a gang of unemployed millennials who turn to heists in order to pay off student loans—but The Watcher in the Wall, and its lingering questions about how to prove guilt when words delivered via the internet are the cause of death, is his most intriguing yet.
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--Marshal Zeringue