The Grrrl of Limberlost

THE Grrrl OF LIMBERLOST                      ANNIE PEARSON
Posted: Aug. 18,2013

18276075Samsara Byron is back in Seattle, working to save the world.

A murder in a Seattle coffee house. A murder on her father’s decaying boat dock on Puget Sound. All of this has nothing to do with Sam, she insists. She’s heroically fending off a criminal attack on the world’s cyber infrastructure—if she could only get anyone to answer the phone on Christmas day.

After escaping exurban life on Limberlost Island a decade earlier, Sam became a rock star among anti-hacker security programmers: appearing at BlackHat conferences in vintage t-shirts and combat boots; investigating international security conspiracies with the FBI and NSA.

Now Sam is dragged sideways by chaos back on Limberlost Island: her brother accidentally embroiled her flaky father with gun runners; the boy next door came home as prodigal son, hiding from Eastern European gangsters; a porn farmer thinks he’s in love.

Meanwhile, the local weather guru promises that the large cold air mass headed for the Puget Sound Conversion Zone will dump record snow. Seattle is always paralyzed when it snows.

The Grrrl of Limberlost follows three self-absorbed voices through the frenzy and terror in their daily lives, mired in family losses and betrayals, while weaponized malware threatens to ruin Christmas. The key mystery: which voice is the unreliable narrator?

This light comedic suspense novel tries to include romance, but hardly anyone has time for it. It does contain in explicit sex scenes and the sort of language you’d expect from gangsters, porn-farmers, and retro Riot Grrrls.

Annie Pearson’s Rain City Comedy of Manners series explores misadventures in contemporary Seattle among people whose work drives their hearts’ desires, often in conflict with other love affairs. When bad things happen to quirky people, can they survive the wretched comedy of romance under grey skies?


A fast paced book with different story lines that all connect at the end. It works to. The author does a good job with the characters and how they all come together. The story line about computers and codes works. She makes you feel like it is easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book and I think most people will as well.

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