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on Sep. 24, 2012 :
It’s mayhem at Meredith University when the corpse of a philosophy professor is discovered. Barrett Wilson has been shot to death, the police conclude, and it happened when the campus was deserted because of the Christmas holiday. Dr. Charles Douglas, a professor of philosophy specializing in the work of Michael Foucault, and his wife Kate are prompted to help detectives DeVries and Bolster to discover who murdered Barrett Wilson. A number of suspects surface quickly. There is Janet Milford, Barrett’s old girlfriend, Richard Dalton, Barrett’s graduate student and lover at the time of murder, and Chet McKay, a close friend of the deceased interested in epistemology. Charles himself is not completely exempted from suspicion, as he used to have disagreements and heated discussions with his dead colleague.
As the plot unfolds, Charles discovers a mysterious list of rare books, their titles hidden under the listing of an inexistent undergraduate course. The books are collection items of great value. At first nobody can find a company that may have been involved in auctioning or buying these books. Then another murder occurs, followed by a suspicious death. The mystery thickens as a beautiful real estate agent enters the scene. It’s a conspiracy now, and Charles and Kate keep investigating, thus putting their life at risk.
Life on campus at Meredith University, located in the small town of Kingsford, is described with a keen sense of humour; the knowledge-based osmosis that exists in an academic environment is well depicted, as Charles gathers information from colleagues of different departments—often leisurely, over a cup of coffee or at lunch break.
(review of free book)