Dead on the Internet

The MIT Murders

by Johnny Barnes



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/06/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 540
ISBN : 9781434378064

About the Book

Dead on the Internet


          It’s a case of murder and mystery at MIT. 

          Intelligent thinking machines and cyberspace are investigated on the college campus at one of America’s most prestigious and illustrious institutes of higher learning.  Cutting edge robotics labs attempt to blend artificial intelligence and micro-organisms with man’s propensity for greed and lust.  This third Jack Kelly mystery leads to the basic question of existence and survival.

          MIT graduate students are brutally murdered and ex-Boston Police Homicide detective Jack Kelly is hired by the father of one.

          The murdered students are part of a group that works at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  The lab has recently developed a prototype for an all-purpose domestic robot that is expected to revolutionize modern society.  Science fiction has become a reality.  The Prototype Project has developed a moving intelligent machine that is wirelessly connected to the internet at all times.  The robots think, adapt, research, network, and they learn. Governments and their agencies, as well as the world’s major corporations are interested in manufacturing, developing, and servicing the domestic robots.  The human-like robots will soon become essential to every modern home and business on the planet.  These all-purpose domestic assistants are going to be very big business.  And there are moral and philosophical questions to be answered. 

          One AI Lab grad student, Tom Peters, has left the pack and with money supplied by Las Vegas card counters and methamphetamine sales has started an escort service which is a thinly veiled prostitution ring.  With his cold cash and connections to a very rich and influential group he realizes the huge sums of money and power that can be derived from the control of The Prototype Project. 

About the Author

About the Author


        Johnny Barnes has been writing true crime reports for 11 years as a paralegal and private investigator in and around Boston and another 18 years as a detective and full time police officer.  He has been a SWAT team member and an FBI trained hostage negotiator.

        Johnny relied heavily on his years of experience as a private detective and police officer when he composed his Jack Kelly novels, Dead Men Talk, Sleep When I’m Dead, and Dead on the Internet.

Born in New Bedford, Mass, Johnny spent many years in the Boston area.  He attended Marlborough Academy, Southeastern Massachusetts University, Berklee School of Music, Harvard University Extension School, several police academies, as well as years of in-service training.

For many years Johnny moonlighted as a record producer, nightclub manager, working musician, and songwriter.  He periodically releases CD’s of guitar driven originals or classic blues arrangements. 

Johnny sails his boat out of Buzzard’s Bay and likes to spend most of his summers anchored off the Elizabeth Islands fishing, reading and listening to jazz and blues.