A Deadly Indifference: A Henry Spearman Mystery

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Harvard professor Henry Spearman, who uses economics to size up every situation, is back as he plunges into his most puzzling and dangerous adventure yet. Spearman and his wife Pidge are on an unusual mission. They are in Cambridge, England to scout out the most famous house in economic science: Balliol Croft, the former dwelling place of Professor Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes' teacher and the fount of modern economic theory. A foundation headed by Chicago entrepreneur Morris Fain hopes to turn Marshall's home into an institute for the study of free enterprise. It soon becomes clear that someone is intent on keeping Fain - and others - from acquiring Balliol Croft. The shocking and bizarre murder of Nigel Hart, the Master of Bishop's College, and the mysterious events leading up to this crime makes it clear that any attempt to acquire Alfred Marshall's residence is risky business. When a second corpse turns up, the body of a young woman who had connections with Balliol Croft in the past, Henry Spearman is jolted into realizing that not only Fain's life but also his own is in peril.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Deborah Stead
Readers will find themselves effortlessly picking up the economic principles strewn about by the authors as clues.... The corpse, when it appears, is a show stopper.
The New York Times Book Review
Readers will find themselves effortlessly picking up the economic principles strewn about by the authors as clues.... The corpse, when it appears, is a show stopper.
— Deborah Stead
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Distinguished Harvard economics professor Henry Spearman, who can hold his own against the academic backstabbers at Cambridge University, proves he can also survive among more literal killers. Set in 1965, his third appearance (after The Fatal Equilibrium) finds Henry and his genial wife, Pidge, in Cambridge. He's there to advise Chicago businessman Morris Fain in the purchase of Balliol Croft, the historic home of the great economist Alfred Marshall, to provide housing for visiting American scholars. Events go awry with alarming speed. The house is sold to another bidder, Cambridge economist Nigel Hart. An attempt is made on Fain's life, and Hart is murdered in a particularly bizarre fashion. Then a young actress is killed. Spearman, an engaging pedant who applies his favorite economic theorems to every phase of life (romance; map reading; car buying) ultimately uses some complex variations of supply and demand to find an extremely devious killer. This lively, carefully crafted mystery surely offers the greatest good to the greatest number of readers. (July)
From the Publisher

"Readers will find themselves effortlessly picking up the economic principles strewn about by the authors as clues.... The corpse, when it appears, is a show stopper."--Deborah Stead, The New York Times Book Review

"This lively, carefully crafted mystery surely offers the greatest good to the greatest number of readers."--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691059693
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/1998
  • Series: Henry Spearman Mysteries Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 398,281
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall Jevons is the pen name of Kenneth G. Elzinga, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia, and William Breit of Trinity University (1933-2011). Together they wrote two other Henry Spearman mystery novels under the Jevons pseudonym: "The Fatal Equilibrium" (Ballantine) and "Murder at the Margin" (Princeton). Elzinga, as Marshall Jevons, most recently wrote "The Mystery of the Invisible Hand" (Princeton).
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