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Thursday, June 1, 2017


What makes for a great mystery? 

An author who knows his stuff, sees the world through a slightly warped frame, and seduces the reader with great story telling.

I met Ray at a writers' conference several years ago and was immediately taken with his quick wit and sharp insights. He had just won the coveted Derringer Award for a short story and he had released the first in his Tucker mystery series. On June 8, his fourth book, Hacked, will be launched. With summer coming, you'll have time to binge read to learn what makes Aloysius Tucker a compelling character. 

What is #Tuckergate? Follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out.

HACKED by Ray Daniel

Someone is murdering hackers and the Internet thinks Tucker is doing it. 
Hacked is the fourth book in the Tucker series of first-person, wise-cracking, Boston-based, mysteries featuring hacker/sleuth Tucker.

Aloysius Tucker vows vengeance when a hacker terrorizes his ten-year-old cousin online. But the situation goes sideways fast, threatening to take Tucker off-line for good. #TuckerGate

Promising his cousin that he’ll get an apology from an Internet bully, Tucker finds himself in a flame war that goes nuclear after a hacker is murdered. Now more hackers, the whole Twitterverse, and a relentless bounty hunter agree on one thing—Tucker is the killer and he must be stopped.
With death threats filling his inbox, Tucker battles Anonymous, Chinese spies, and his own self-destructive rage while chasing a murderer the online community has named the HackMaster. Can Tucker clear his name and build a case against the killer before the death threats come true?

Publishers Weekly says in a starred review that Hacked is "outstanding" and "supremely readable".

"This outing, despite some nasty revelations about cyberbullying, is the most upbeat of the [Tucker Mysteries]."—Kirkus Reviews
"Lock down your social media accounts, put some tape across your webcam, and close your blinds before you settle in to read this, because Ray Daniel—like his wry, world-weary hacker protagonist, Aloysius Tucker—is damn good at what he does. Hacked is more than just a thrilling story—it's also a timely takedown of internet outrage culture, and a harrowing exploration of the very consequences of online bullying."—Chris Holm, Anthony Award-winning author of The Killing Kind


Ray Daniel is the award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction. His short stories “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. 

Daniel’s work has been published in the Level Best Books anthologies Thin Ice, Blood Moon, and Stone Cold.

For more information, visit him online at and follow him on twitter @raydanielmystry.

TERMINATED: Uber-geek Tucker and his beautiful wife, Carol, developed controversial security software together until the day he was fired and she was murdered. Now, six months later, another software engineer is dead, bringing new clues to light in Carol's cold case.

CORRUPTED MEMORY: Tucker didn't know he had a brother until the guy was found murdered in front of Tucker's house.

CHILD NOT FOUND: Tucker takes Cousin Sal's daughter sledding on Boston Common and loses her. Now Tucker must survive a gang war to get her back.