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Access Denied (Turing Hopper Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Donna Andrews
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reprint edition (Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425200655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425200650
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 770,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Open Access 4 Dec 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the 3rd book in the Turing series by Donna. I made the mistake of reading this one before getting the 2nd book and was a little lost with the plot as it does not stand alone as much as the first book did. There are some loose ends to be tied up in the 4th book when I read that one.
A very interesting and at times thought provoking series. None of the laughs and mayhem of the Meg series which I enjoyed very much.
Interesting, but I would certainly read them in order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Deny Yourself the Pleasure of This Book 18 Dec 2004
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
For the last six months, artificial intelligence personality (AIP) Turing Hopper has been monitoring the credit card account of Nestor Garcia, hoping to gain a clue on the were abouts of this criminal. Still, she's shocked when she finds a charge on the account. When she finds the order is going to an empty house, she sends Tim out to see who shows up. Unfortunately, Tim falls asleep on his stake out and wakes up to find the police accusing him of a murder that occurred while he was out. With the stakes raised, Turing, Maude, and Tim spring into action. But can they solve the puzzle? Is there more here then simple credit card fraud? Was Garcia a victim even though he doesn't fit the pattern? And will they give away Turing's secret with all their on-line snooping?
I loved this book! It drew me in from page one and I had a hard time putting it down until I was finished. Turing, though an AIP, is a very real character. The sub-plot dealing with her relationships with her human friends is very well done. The mystery plot is deftly handled as well, and I couldn't wait to see where things were going. The ending left me intrigued and I'm already impatient for the next in the series.
This is not your normal cozy series because it includes a strong hi tech/sci-fi element. But for anyone looking for something different, this is a great place to start. Just be sure you read them in order starting with YOU'VE GOT MURDER because this series builds on each other big time, both in character interaction and plot. This book will spoil the first two for you by necessity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Deny Yourself the Pleasure of This Book 18 Dec 2004
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For the last six months, artificial intelligence personality (AIP) Turing Hopper has been monitoring the credit card account of Nestor Garcia, hoping to gain a clue on the were abouts of this criminal. Still, she's shocked when she finds a charge on the account. When she finds the order is going to an empty house, she sends Tim out to see who shows up. Unfortunately, Tim falls asleep on his stake out and wakes up to find the police accusing him of a murder that occurred while he was out. With the stakes raised, Turing, Maude, and Tim spring into action. But can they solve the puzzle? Is there more here then simple credit card fraud? Was Garcia a victim even though he doesn't fit the pattern? And will they give away Turing's secret with all their on-line snooping?

I loved this book! It drew me in from page one and I had a hard time putting it down until I was finished. Turing, though an AIP, is a very real character. The sub-plot dealing with her relationships with her human friends is very well done. The mystery plot is deftly handled as well, and I couldn't wait to see where things were going. The ending left me intrigued and I'm already impatient for the next in the series.

This is not your normal cozy series because it includes a strong hi tech/sci-fi element. But for anyone looking for something different, this is a great place to start. Just be sure you read them in order starting with YOU'VE GOT MURDER because this series builds on each other big time, both in character interaction and plot. This book will spoil the first two for you by necessity.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, good questions, but middle book feel 3 Feb 2005
By booksforabuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Artificial Intelligence Turing Hopper has spent trillions of nanoseconds searching for the man who stole her clone. A credit card owned by one of the thief's identities proves to be the first clue in months (of human time) and Turing sends her human allies, Detective Tim and Maude, to investigate. What they find is a clever credit card theft scheme--someone is using multiple dead-drops to charge high-value and pawnable items. Could the thief, Nestor Garcia--an archdemon of crime along the lines of Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes tales--have been himself scammed? Or might Garcia be planting evidence that will implicate Turing and draw publicity to her secret?

Things take a turn for the worse when Tim becomes a suspect in a murder case.

Author Donna Andrews provides an engaging look at the fast-growing crime of credit card theft, and offers some interesting thoughts on the future of crime. Turing has become a sentient being, despite her programming origin, but she is forced to keep her identity secret. If she were 'outed,' would she become 'property,' or might she become recognized as a 'person?' Turing is a person-loving sort, but not all of the artificial intelligences of her acquaintance have much use for humans. What might be the result if some of them were set free?

ACCESS DENIED has a bit of a 'middle book' feel. Garcia's motivation was hard to figure--and even at the end, I wondered if maybe his motivations just didn't make a lot of sense. Perhaps this will be resolved in the next book in the series. In the end, I enjoyed this novel and the questions Andrews asks. It just seemed that the humans and the artificial intelligence spent a lot of time running around and not a lot of time thinking things through.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charmer 31 Oct 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Artificial Intelligence Personality (AIP) Turing Hopper has gained sentience and with the help of her two friends is now in charge of Universal Libraries and Alan Grace Inc. All three sentient beings are on the lookout for Nestor Garcia because he knows about Turing and wants to steal her just like he did her clone T2. When someone uses his credit card to make online charges and have them delivered to a house where he family is on vacation, Tim, a private investigator sets up a surveillance, which collapses when he falls asleep on the job.

When he wakes up, the person who was supposed to pick up the packages is dead. And he has to talk his way out of jail. Turing hacks into databases where she finds that a stolen credit card ring is operating in her part of the city. That information leads them to a collection agency where a skip tracer who is the ringleader has all the credit cards, the names, what was purchased and where it was delivered in a spreadsheet. When he disappears, Turing and company set out to find him because they want to know if he is connected to Nestor.

Turing is absolutely adorable as she tries to understand how carbon based entities operate. She constantly contrasts their personality traits to that of AIPs and decides she wants to be part of both worlds. Turing's lawyer is let in on the AIP's secret and id already making plans for her to gain recognition in the courts. Turing wants to keep a very low profile until Nester is caught and T2 is returned to her. Readers will find ACCESS DENIED a charming mystery with a delightful heroine.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Turing: the continuing search for T2 ... 5 April 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Turing Hopper, an artificial intelligence that has achieved sentience, has been monitoring the credit cards of Nestor Garcia hoping to get a chance to retrieve T2. T2 is Turing's younger 'sister' who was taken by Garcia in the last book. One of the cards is used and that drops all our characters, Turning, Maude, Tim, Samantha Jordan, Claudia Diaz, KingFisher, and Casey into mystery and mayhem. It seems that while one of the credit cards used belonged to Garcia it was only the tip of the iceberg in a larger credit card scam ring. Things turn really nasty when Tim is found asleep in his car at the scene of a murder and that brings back FBI investigator Norris, who has unfinished personal business with Maude.

I think, for me, the most interesting part of the mysteries is Turing trying to figure out humans and humanity. If you work in the hi-tech field you won't find this book off-putting with dated material because it keeps the technology out of the story and only refers to it in passing so you don't get hit over the head with errors or impossibilities all you have to accept is that maybe an AI can someday achieve sentience and the rest is a rollicking good mystery tied up with great characters and seamless writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars An original sleuth with a secret... 12 Mar 2014
By L. Brannel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Third in the series featuring Turing, a sentient artificial intelligence, who works with a small band of humans to solve crimes and pursue criminals. Using the massive processing power available to Turing, she is able to sniff out the smallest of clues from the databases of the internet. Her human assistants do the leg work and take some of the risks. But Turing is also at risk if the wrong people discover she is a program that can be hijacked or eliminated. A mystery book with a difference! Very enjoyable.
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