The Fool's Run

The Fool's Run

Paperback - 2008
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John Sandford , the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Prey novels gives suspense an ingenious twist as he takes readers into the mind games of two irresistible con artists plotting the perfect sting...

Kidd is a computer whiz, artist, and professional criminal. LuEllen is his lover, and his favorite partner in crime. Their playing field in on the cutting edge of high-tech corporate warfare. This time they've been hired by a defense industry corporation to destroy its business rival through computer sabotage. If Kidd and LuEllen can pull it off, they'll reap millions. It's the sting of a lifetime. One false move and it's a lifetime sentence. As the takedown unfolds, everything goes according to plan. But their string of successes turns into a noose when the ultimate con artists find themselves on the wrong end of the ultimate con...
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Books,, 2008
Edition: Berkley premium ed
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9780425155721
Branch Call Number: FIC SAN
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 19 cm


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Aug 13, 2018

This is a rather amazing novel written in 1989 when the computer world was much less cared about or understood by the general public and internet access was basically unknown. No smart phones or even cellular phones, a pager was an advanced communications device. Only the military and a few large corporations even had portable communications systems. Computers were very expensive and very speed and memory limited. Yet the author has managed to write almost a science fiction story about advanced computer hacking and sophisticated writing of code that may be commonplace today but in 1989 were unknown to the general public-I know my first computer in 1980 was a TI99-as in 99 bytes of memory- on that I learned to write basic and fortran aided by my schools mainframe. Great foresight by the author, I'm impressed.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 18, 2017

Kidd & LuEllen #1. Meet Kidd, computer whiz, artist and criminal. He and LuEllen have the con of a lifetime ready to run, unless someone else is conning the con.

Jul 23, 2014

Got hooked on Kidd and LuEllen after reading Empress File. This is the first of 4 Kidd's series by Sandford (aka John Camp). Though technologies were as in 1989* vintage, the story (on corporate espionage, computer security, house breakins, jet fighter design, military complex ...) was just right for the general readers to enjoy the workings of computers hacker's then. (* originally published in 1989 by John Camp. See summary)

Jul 16, 2012

Entertaining and well-written but unfortunately much of the "surprise twist" is no real surprise if you've read the cover describing what the book is about

Jan 20, 2012

It took me about 60 pages to get into this book but I truly enjoyed it. It's got a fairly original story line with a believable plot. Looking forward to the next 3 in the series.


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Jul 23, 2014

There are some viruses, more complicated than the straight-out bombs, that may change a system's programming in more subtle ways.
Our first virus was not subtle. It was a bomb, pure and simple. Forty-five days after being inserted in the Whitemark computer system (viruses can count), it would explode. Any Whitemark program containing a virus would be thoroughly and irretrievably jumbled. Nothing would come out of the company's computers but garbage.

Jul 23, 2014

There are Christmas card viruses, for example, that insert graphic Christmas cards in every text file they find. When somebody opens the computer file, the first thing that appears is the Christmas card.
The disease viruses are a different story. They are killer bugs. They erase information, jumble it, destroy expensive, one-of-a-kind custom programs.

Jul 23, 2014

He was good at what he did, but he lived on dreams. Dreamers lose track of what's going on around them; dreamers try to outrun bullets and outshoot cops. They move from one act to the next with no assessment of consequences.


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Jul 23, 2014

Making his fiction debut under his own name--he used the pseudonym John Sandford for his detective novel Rules of Prey , published in July by Putnam--Camp offers a different brand of intrigue, with a multitalented hero as narrator. Artist, cat lover, student of karate and the tarot and freelance computer criminal, Kidd is jack of varied-enough trades to stoke many future adventures. In this one, he's hired by a dying tycoon to befoul the elaborate information systems of a rival aerospace outfit, ostensibly to avenge the company's theft of plans for an innovative defense design. With an attractive burglar as his sidekick, Kidd creates mayhem by stealing information, gathering dirt on the company's employees and implanting "viruses" (information-destroying programs) in their computers, but the real enemy turns out to have a different identity. The author's brisk style makes even the welter of technical information that he provides interesting, and the novel's climax is witty and almost cinematic. Whether as Camp or Sandford, he's a welcome addition to the ranks of suspense novelists. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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