Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Coming Soon- David L. Hoof- "Just Machines"


JUST MACHINES
Set not too far in the future, a legal system hopelessly overwhelmed by caseloads looks to computers to avoid the classic problem of justice delayed becoming justice denied. Under this system, there are no judges or juries, just machines implanted in the benches where judges used to sit. Now the law is reduced to lines of codes and mandatory sentences, the rulings swift and irreversible. In such a system it is helpful to have a former NSA programmer on your staff, especially if your client is a real scoundrel, an investment advisor who makes Bernie Madoff look like a lotto payoff. As often when humans write programs, there are holes and loopholes, too. It’s all a matter of knowing when to file, before someone patches the error. But to an idealistic young man, the scoundrel’s trophy wife is just a bit too tempting. And if he is paid handsomely for keeping this momzer free, it seems only right that he should be punished, and terminally, by some other means. Even the defendant’s wife agrees, because, after all, the pre-nup ensures that she’ll get nothing out of a divorce. Perhaps machines can manage the mechanics of law ineffably, but real justice, well that’s often a very human, and terribly personal, concept.



The award-winning author of screenplays, short stories and seven published novels sold in thirty-five countries, David L. Hoof has also written nonfiction and written scientific articles and papers appearing in peer-reviewed professional journals that cover areas as diverse as nanotechnology to nuclear proliferation. He was taught creative writing with the Writers Digest School and at Georgetown University. His novels and stories include satires, thrillers, suspense mysteries, historical mysteries, action adventure, horror and dabblings in the paranormal . Three novels, the ecohorror Landfill, the rollickingly irreverent satire Triple Jeopardy, and the historical mystery, Little Gods, will join several intriguing short stories in Trestle Press’s impressive 2012 line-up. Deeply interested in the music and magic of the English language, he can be reached at david.hoof@rcn.com or via Facebook. Among his friends and inspirations he counts William Goldman, Elmore “Dutch” Leonard, Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, James Lee Burke and Dennis Lehane. He lives with his wife, Marsha, in Washington, DC, and is at work on his next novel, which should be complete by mid April, this year..

For more see:(1) Authors Guild web page at www.littlegods.net (2) Wikipedia article, David L. Hoof

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