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New high-tech thriller has local connection

Names are changed, but many of the settings in Ursula Ringham's new book, "Privileged Corruption," are based on real life locations in the Menlo Park and Palo Alto area, says the author.

Ms. Ringham, a resident of the Willow Glen area of San Jose, is the daughter of former Menlo Park mayor and council member Chuck Kinney and his wife, Marilyn. Raised in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, she attended Castilleja, and graduated from UC Davis.

"Privileged Corruption" is about the inner workings of a software startup on the eve of its IPO, says Ms. Ringham, an alumnus of both Adobe and Apple. The story is set in the fictitious town of Oakview, said to be modeled after Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

"Privileged Corruption" marks Ms. Ringham's literary debut and is a self-published book available on Amazon.com and iBooks ($14.99).

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