For the LA Books Examiner there’s nothing cooler than discovering an excellent new author before everyone else and then recommending the new book to all of your family and friends. Well, friends, here’s your chance. Author Reece Hirsch, a powerful new voice in the legal thriller genre, will be reading and signing his acclaimed debut thriller The Insider at The Mystery Bookstore in Westwood at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 13th.
The Mystery Bookstore
1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles
About the Author
Reece Hirsch is a nationally-recognized expert in privacy and security legal issues, and a partner in the San Francisco office of the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Reece earned his law degree from the University of Southern California and a B.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Prior to law school, Reece worked as a journalist in Atlanta for several years, including a stint as an assistant editor of a business magazine. For three years, he edited and published an arts and entertainment magazine in Atlanta. Reece lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Kathy and their dog Simon.
*Photo of Reece Hirsch by Jamie Westdal.
About the Book
In the early 90s, the National security Agency (NSA) developed a powerful encryption device known as the Clipper Chip, which was to be used to encrypt telecommunications transmissions. The encryption software was to be made available by private businesses and individuals. However, the Clipper Chip was designed to provide government agencies with “key access” to all encrypted transmissions for law enforcement and national security purposes. Criticized in Congressional hearings based on privacy concerns, the program was ultimately abandoned in 1995 – or was it?
In The Insider by Reece Hirsch, the author explores the notion that the Clipper Chip program went forward through an undisclosed deal between the NSA and a private software company, and that the NSA continued to secretly monitor the communications of private citizens in the ensuing years. The book also considers what might happen if the encryption keys that permitted government access to the vast volume of personal communications fell into the wrong hands.
That’s where corporate attorney Will Connelly comes in. Will has just made partner in his law firm and everything seems to be going well for him until…well, read for yourself in the first chapter of The Insider by Reece Hirsch at Frank Mundo’s LA Books Examiner.