According to the publisher, Olson graduated Harvard and has a master's degree from NYU's Interactive Technology Program. He's taught there, too, about Massively Multiuser Media (cyber games). He was there around 2006-2007 to "concentrate on writing fiction." In the interim he's apparently moved to Los Angeles, where a "coming out" party for the book took place the other night. I hope it was a costume party and someone posts pics soon.
One can only imagine the antics that took place. I could not recommend this book as a satisfying mystery, but once I did have to stop reading and take a shower and another time, change the sheets. I also enjoyed many of the plays on words from the world of computing, though the thinly-veiled references to existing companies and organizations seems a bit childish.