Maureen Robb. Patterns in Silicon (2004) 304 pp. [tpo]
Lea Sherwood, ebullient chef-owner of San Franciscos newest restaurant, Panache, is the toast of the city—until a controversial Silicon Valley CEO dies of poisoning at her table. Branded a suspect in the murder of her old flame, Lea soon resolves to investigate on her own. Her pursuit of the killer pits her against rogue executives, wannabe millionaires, and cocky software wizards. It also leads her into a treacherous underworld of the Valley, where industrial espionage and financial fraud flourish, and greed reigns. As her life spins out of control, Lea risks all to confront the killer—and the dark side of the human heart.
Setting: Mill Valley; San Francisco; Silicon Valley