Kath Russell. A Pointed Death (2010) 337 pp. [tpo]
When San Francisco techno genius Nola Billingsley finds her former employee, an amoral creep who stole secrets, murdered, she doesnt exactly shed tears. Instead, she begins a flirtation with the inspector assigned to the case. With her shorthaired pointer Skootch watching her back, Nola and her group of techno pals try to help solve the murder, bringing into play Nolas feisty feminism and idealism, and putting both her life and her love affair at risk. Finding a link between the Chinese government and American thieves, she bands with a group who believes that biotech people should protect their industry from any evil abusers. Could there be a government plot afoot, and can she save the world even as she tries to salvage her love life?
Setting: San Francisco