The Death Lottery
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The Death Lottery

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Libby Myers and the Residue Class are an international bunch of mathematicians famous for their crime-solving prowess. They work by analyzing the patterns underlying a crime, but now they are faced with a killer who brags that there is no pattern to his/her murders.

The brazen murder of the Chinese UN Ambassador brings the case to a boil. Some mathematical aspects of the case cause the US President to call upon the team to tackle the case, in competition with New York's Finest.

The Random Killer not only baffles their brains, but also mocks the entire Residue Class, including even their German Shepherd dog, Heathcliff. As the tally of random murders mounts, the reputation of the Residue Class plummets.

When none of their methods produce results, they begin to doubt themselves. Can true randomness really exist? Can it even foil the brightest mathematicians in the world?

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

  • 1. The First Murder?
  • 2. Incremental Consensus
  • 3. Opposition
  • 4. Desmond, Friendship
  • 5. An American Pickup
  • 6. Annulment
  • 7. A Lesson
  • 8. Josh on TV
  • 9. The Mystery Guest
  • 10. Betrayed
  • 11. Slandered
  • 12. The Letter
  • 13. Fass
  • 14. The First Murder Seen
  • 15. Evidence
  • 16. The Card
  • 17. Justice
  • 18. Murder Details
  • 19. Analyzing the Letter
  • 20. Helen’s Wish
  • 21. Murder Books
  • 22. The First Task
  • 23. Data Mining
  • 24. First Analysis
  • 25. Copy Cat
  • 26. The Leak
  • 27. Who’s the Cat?
  • 28. Second Analysis
  • 29. Prints
  • 30. Videos
  • 31. Cosette’s First Corpse
  • 32. One More Thing
  • 33. Motivation
  • 34. Rejection
  • 35. Dreaming and Shooting
  • 36. On the Range
  • 37. Shooting Practice
  • 38. Getting to Know Roy Wilkins
  • 39. In the Doghouse
  • 40. How Good a Mathematician
  • 41. Randomness
  • 42. Massively Parallel
  • 43. Decoding Sequences
  • 44. The Streets
  • 45. An Escapee
  • 46. Another Missing Murder
  • 47. It’s Over
  • 48. 311 Bleecker
  • 49. Vigilantes
  • 50. Under Arrest
  • 51. Turned Over to Police
  • 52. Lectured
  • 53. Second Try
  • 54. Waiting
  • 55. Shot
  • 56. The Tracker
  • 57. End of the Trail
  • 58. Themba House
  • 59. Desmond Again
  • 60. Watchers
  • 61. The Shelter
  • 62. A Plan
  • 63. Disguises
  • 64. Flaws
  • 65. Searching
  • 66. Inside
  • 67. Sniffing
  • 68. Conversation
  • 69. What Is To Be Done?
  • 70. How Will We Convict?
  • 71. Who Is She?
  • 72. Why Continue?
  • 73. Saving Lives
  • 74. Learnings
  • 75. The Customer
  • 76. Working Together
  • 77. The Limo
  • 78. Finding
  • 79. Saving
  • 80. Police Story
  • 81. Cosette’s Story
  • 82. Sample: The Hands of God
    • Chapter 1.
    • Chapter 2.
    • Chapter 3.
  • 83. Other books by Jerry Weinberg
  • 84. About the Author
  • 85. The Cover Artist

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