Monday, April 14, 2008

The Burnt House

As the third largest city in California and the tenth largest in the United States, San Jose didn’t get much respect. Mainly noted from the sixties Hal David and Burt Bacharach song ‘Do You Know the Way to San Jose?’ – a name they used because it fit the lyrics rather than for any other specific purpose – the city wasn’t the sleepy little burg that most people assumed. It was a megalopolis of a million people with skyscrapers, museums, parks, colleges, and lots and lots of high-tech headquarters. San Jose and its burbs of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara made up the heart of Silicon Valley – the core of everything electronic and technical.
There were about a dozen people who lived in the area who were not associated with Apple, IBM, Intel, Adobe, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, etc., etc., and Raymond Holmes was one of them. The man was self-described as a real-estate developer.

Faye Kellerman in ‘The Burnt House’ (www.harpercollins.co.uk)

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