Defining Virtue

Zack Virtue is unemployed, his boss is dead, and his ex-girlfriend has a crazy scheme to get rich by stealing his boss’s treasure, which may or may not exist. The only things to look forward to are a date with a coffee shop waitress and a community art show.

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When we talk about Silicon Valley, we think of startups, burst bubbles, and a tech industry that leads innovation around the world. However, if someone mentions the Silicon Valley of the North, we get a slightly different picture. Sure, there’s the world-leading innovation and startups, but there’s also something a little off … something a little too Canadian about it. We get sleepy small towns, fascinating history, and more money than we know what to do with. On top of it all, we’re just as connected as the biggest cities in the U.S. And you may not know it, but here is where mobile messaging was invented.

Weird things happen up here. And, invariably, they happen to Zack Virtue.

Zack Virtue is a 30-something slacker with dreams of making it big as an artist before his money runs out. He’s also ex-military, accidentally deployed to Gulf War 2, and is suffering from PTSD. To make matters worse, his old boss, a billionaire high-tech icon, is murdered, and he looks good for it. With his ad-hoc team, comprised of a coffee-shop waitress, an ex-girlfriend, and a genius software developer, Zack tries to clear his name, and uncover the secret treasure, hidden in the clues left by his old boss. Being harassed by the police is bad enough, but could one of his friends be the murderer?


“Genuinely spooky… sparks the imagination while also igniting the reader’s empathy.” — Everyman Journal