Freshman Murders
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Freshman Murders

About the Book

Freshman Murders is a "Nerder Mystery," which means that the detectives who solve these crimes are nerds–brilliant individuals whose social skills may not equal their skills in mathematics, computers, and science.

On the terrified campus of Hurlesburg U., Mathematics Professor and former NSA problem-solver Josh Rosemont, finds a young woman’s body in the woods. He is paralyzed by her resemblance to his murdered daughter. As the murders continue, he is enraged into action by an obstructive Dean. Teaming with his cop-turned-anthropologist wife, Carmela, and his four genius grad students, he sets out to prevent another murder.

Blending every skill and trick of their professions, Rosy's team hounds a twisted trail of false clues to uncloak the Dean’s sex scandal, decipher incriminating evidence in a billion-dollar swindle, and thwart the serial killer–a deranged student who believes raping and killing a potential suicide is not really murder.

But did they catch the real killer?

About the Author

Gerald M. Weinberg
Gerald M. Weinberg

I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the nine-volume Quality Software series.

I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Where There's a Will There's a Murder, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books that are not yet on Leanpub may be found as eBooks at <>; on Amazon at; and at Barnes and Noble bookstore:

Early in my career, I was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. I won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for my writing on software quality. I was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and chosen for the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

But the "award" I'm most proud of is the book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.

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Table of Contents

  • Certainly Dead
  • He could use your help.
  • Rosy’s Residue Class
  • Where the bodies go
  • Let’s have a tour first.
  • Ten dots. Twenty-two lines
  • Secret key encryption
  • Bad Kermit
  • More anthropological than mathematical
  • The mystical Mobius symbol
  • Dried sunflowers
  • Does she really eat grasshoppers?
  • Washed by the Word
  • Stop rationalizing!
  • How can you sit there playing dominos?
  • It’s much faster with a tiny clue.
  • One-tenth of a septensexagintillion
  • Crazy Harry was a mad bomber.
  • Forty-One!
  • It uses fuzzy logic
  • But you didn’t? Why not?
  • She wouldn’t kill a mosquito.
  • The hidden universe inside your head
  • There’s erased and then there’s really erased
  • No bacon here
  • The second interview
  • Falling further behind
  • Does C0421X mean anything to you?
  • Everything is connected to everything else.
  • It’s just a bunch of numbers.
  • How about mathematics disorder?
  • Sunk deeper than the Titanic
  • The VAX operating system
  • Psychobabble for suicide.
  • A misuse of our profession.
  • Maybe I need a Good One.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Where is Sonia?
  • It’s for your own good.
  • Time to attend to your faculty duties
  • The problem is the data.
  • The NYC list
  • Better than Nancy Drew
  • Not that dog thing again.
  • That’s how we write big numbers.
  • Try to picture the janitorial process.
  • Where’s Elsmere?
  • Don’t forget your crayons.
  • You can drink some of it, too.
  • Bugeaters
  • What took you so long?
  • I know where they went.
  • Five million dollars.
  • Are we making any progress?
  • Mahna Mahna, Do doo be-do-do
  • It’s not the list.
  • Archimedes. Bernoulli. Cantor. Dodgson.
  • We’re saved!
  • They’re not in the lodge?
  • That was just a demonstration.
  • I think this is a note.
  • Upper Ohweetakah Dam
  • Good thinking, Doris.
  • He doesn’t know topology.
  • The English is a different story.
  • I think I broke my leg.
  • My God. What a monster.
  • You, little girl, are one nasty kitten.
  • I’m going to deliver them personally.
  • I’ll make you a rich man.
  • Of course I’ll talk to the Commander-in-Chief.
  • We might split it fifty-fifty.
  • The explosives are becoming unstable.
  • I have a lot to lose.
  • Have you given up?
  • The land of OJ and Martha Stewart
  • There’s still time to stop it.
  • Stupid is a two-edged sword.
  • One of those TV vans is broadcasting!
  • It’s your turn not to peek.
  • They can’t wait.
  • Dr. Awkward
  • You sold out.
  • Other books by Jerry Weinberg
  • About the Author

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