Unauthorized Access - a thriller by Andrew McAllister


Unauthorized Access will be free for three days: March 6, 2013 to March 8, 2013.

Unauthorized Access tells the story of Rob Donovan and Lesley McGrath, a young couple in Boston whose lives are turned upside down by the jealousy of a supposed friend. The first successful cyberattack in American banking history starts the action and ratchets tensions up to a fever pitch, but the story is really about trust between the main characters. Some characters have earned loyalty but can't seem to find any, while others are trusted when they shouldn't be. 

There's plenty of action, but my favorite parts of the book are the poignant scenes of interpersonal tension; the joyful acceptance of a diamond ring ... only to have the couple's entire future thrown into furious doubt when trouble erupts, and the man who is racked with guilt when he must visit the grave of a young person who died all too soon.

Finally, here are two true stories about the writing of this book. I personally visited every location in Boston that is mentioned in this book. If the characters eat in a restaurant, you can bet I was there checking out the decor and the menu. I also learned firsthand about the suspicious nature of jail guards in Boston. I wanted to be authentic when I described visits to the Suffolk County Jail, so I dropped by the real deal and struck up a conversation with a guard who happened to be outside having a smoke. I explained I was an author and proceeded to quiz him about details of the jail's interior. After a few minutes he gave me a knowing look and said, "There's no book, is there?" That was the end of the interview!

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