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About The Story  

The online serialization of hackoff.com has been read and listened to eagerly by Wall Street insiders, nerds, and mystery fans. Some call it the definitive account of the Internet bubble and subsequent rubble.

Fictional CEO Larry Lazard served time in prison for hacking through bank security systems and liberating credit card numbers. He parleyed this conviction into an online security consulting business which became hackoff.com.

Larry takes his company public. Its stock price soars and collapses. Following a hostile takeover attempt, Lazard is found dead in his office. Sex, power, money, farce, and tragedy mix in boardrooms and bedrooms, the parties of the World Economic Forum, and the smoky stairways of the World Trade Center.

Characters include super-hacker CTO Dom Montain, SI Swimsuit model and CFO Donna Langhorne, outsourcing agent Ahmed Qali, and Detective Mark Cohen investigating Larry's death.

An online chat board provides a Greek chorus of contradictory explanations; analysts spin golden fantasies; traders conjure fortunes at trading desks; and everyone clamors for "friends and family" stock.

If you've always wanted to know what went on inside the companies that went public during the bubble and at the brokerage firms that guided the flow of riches, this is the book you want to read. But, above all, this is a cleverly crafted whodunit. The suspense grows until the last page is turned.

The blook and podcast serialization are available free. A traditional hardcover edition is available from Amazon and an e-book edition suitable for PDAs and other e-readers is available from Mobipocket.