In Silicon Valley, product ideas are stolen every day. Hundreds of millions of dollars of intellectual property and countless hours of R&D lost in a millisecond. It’s a high risk, a high reward business, but is it worth risking your life?
Kate Crawford is about to make it big as one of Silicon Valley’s overnight millionaires. She has her hands on a secret new product that will catapult software company Obsidian to rock start status. Kate’s future seems set until assigned a new account the week before the IPO. That new account, Fortunato, has a product nearly identical to the one she is about to launch. Exasperating the situation is Fortunato’s Logan Sinclair, heir to one of the biggest fortunes in Silicon Valley and the man suspected of having a role in the death of Kate’s older sister 20 years earlier.
With millions of dollars on the line, will Kate untangle the web of lies surrounding her sister’s death and her own career or become another casualty in a conspiracy that lies at the root of her very existence?
“Privileged Corruption, by Ursula Ringham, is an intriguing and suspenseful novel that fans of techo-thrillers will love. Having navigated the often treacherous waters of Silicon Valley myself, I found the plot, characters, and technical detail believable and page-turning. Fans of Michael Crichton will be thrilled.”
–W. Craig Reed, bestselling author of Red November and Tarzan, My Father
Ursula Ringham is a high-tech consultant by day, author by night, and a wife and mother of two. She grew up in the Silicon Valley, specifically Palo Alto, Calif., in a family heavily immersed in real estate development and local politics. At age 20, she took a summer job with a then small software company, Adobe Systems, Inc. A graduate of the University of California at Davis with a degree in International Relations, she eventually ended up working in Apple’s Developer Relations group. Today, she stays engaged in the high-tech industry as a marketing consultant and enjoys writing and developing fiction in her free time.