Tech Thriller Mike Trigg in Conversation with Crime Writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins!

Thursday, September 5, 2024 - 7:00pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Join tech exec turned author of tech thrillers, Mike Trigg, to learn about his second novel, Burner, an all too plausible contemporary tale that examines the social and personal consequences of our technology-obsessed culture. Mike will be in conversation with mystery and crime writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

Registration is on Eventbrite. The purchase of Burner waives the $5 registration fee.

BUCKEYE CRIME WRITERS is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this program.

What if your social media addiction jeopardized the person you love? 

Inspired by the explosive events of our polarized political climate, Burner is an all-too plausible contemporary thriller that examines the social and personal consequences of the lost sense of identity, trust, and truth itself that characterizes our technology-obsessed culture.

Shane Stoller has just been arrested for domestic terrorism, accused of being the mastermind behind the online profile Burner_911—the anonymous leader of a massive populist movement. Chloe Corbin has just been abducted by Burner_911’s followers in a lawless uprising on the streets of San Francisco, targeted as the socialite daughter of a tech billionaire. What nobody knows is that Shane and Chloe are secretly in love despite coming from opposite worlds. Plagued with regret but unable to communicate with his followers from prison, Shane tries desperately to find a way to save Chloe from the forces he has unleashed. From her own captivity, Chloe becomes more sympathetic to Burner_911’s cause—and transitions from victim to conspirator in an effort to free herself and exonerate Shane.

Part tragic love story, part mind-bending psychological thriller, Burner dives headfirst into the modern zeitgeist of politically motivated disinformation, toxic internet subcultures, and our continuing need for belonging, purpose, and love in an age of distorted online personas.

Mike Trigg is the author of Bit Flip, released in August 2022, a fast-paced, high-tech thriller set in the Silicon Valley. His work has been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Literary Hub. He has been a contributor to TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, and Fast Company, and frequently posts on his author site, www.miketrigg.com. Mike was born in Kentucky and raised in Wisconsin. He earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley. Over his twenty-five-year career in Silicon Valley, he has been a founder, executive, and investor in dozens of venture-funded technology start-ups.. He lives in Menlo Park, California, with his wife and two sons.

Freelance writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins is the author of seven books in the Andy Hayes private eye series from Ohio University Press, featuring a former Ohio State University and Cleveland Browns quarterback turned investigator, including the Shamus Award-nominated An Empty Grave. He's also the editor of Columbus Noir, the 101st title in Akashic Books' award-winning series of short mystery fiction anthologies. Andrew's short mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Magazine, Mystery Tribune, the anthology The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2021, and other magazines and anthologies. Andrew's nonfiction book, No Winners Here Tonight, is the definitive history of the death penalty in Ohio.