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Publish And Perish
     

Publish And Perish

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by sally wright
 

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A college professor dead under mysterious circumstances. A secretary who hates the victim with lethal ferocity. A vengeful former student. To university archivist, Ben Reese, the sudden death of his old friend and colleague Richard West, Chair of the English Department, looks like murder, but in a small buttoned-down private college, can it ever be proved? Not until

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A college professor dead under mysterious circumstances. A secretary who hates the victim with lethal ferocity. A vengeful former student. To university archivist, Ben Reese, the sudden death of his old friend and colleague Richard West, Chair of the English Department, looks like murder, but in a small buttoned-down private college, can it ever be proved? Not until an attack on his own life tells Ben all he needs - and fears - to know aobut a brilliant, sociopathic killer. . . .

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Linda Bridges
“[In Publish And Perish] she plays fair with her clues. She also takes us through scenes of physical agony and moral squalor, domestic tranquility and down-to-earth common sense; and when the murderer is finally run to ground - still blaming everyone but himself for what he has done - “why” falls into place with “how.”
Ralph McInery
“Sally Wright, in Publish And Perish, has wrought a novel of exquisite wit and charm. Alternating between Oxford and the U.S., the story skewers some of the more subtle absurdities of academe via a mystery story that combines the best of the two traditions, American and British. With this novel, Sally Wright both publishes and flourishes.”
Marilyn Stasio
“Sally S. Wright puts a clever twist on the campus mystery [in Publish And Perish] . . . a story that has a good deal to say about a certain species of scholar who is doomed in modern academe.”
Sheree Brown
“Wright’s cunning achievement in this work lies in her well-wrought characterization of her conflicted hero sleuth, Ben Reese. This detective story dares to venture from an exclusively rationalistic approach: Reese in an erudite investigator who, in addition to relying on his considerable cerebral acumen, admits to having a soul . . . Like both Sayers and Lewis, Wright’s first novel proves she is adept at sculpting multifaceted characters . . . Reese cannot be confined to th

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013247444
Publisher:
Sally Wright
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Series:
ben reeese mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
842,777
File size:
613 KB

Meet the Author

Sally Wright, a 2001 Edgar Finalist, has studied rare books, early explorers, painting restoration, WWII tech-teams, the Venona Code, and more, to write her university-archivist-ex-/WWII-Scout books about Ben Reese, who's based on a real person. Sally and her husband live in the country with various animals and too many gardens to take care of.

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Publish and Perish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DonnaFletcherCrowDC More than 1 year ago
Exquisitely written with every detail in the right place. Ben Reese is a hero you love meeting on the pages of the book, but he doesn't stay there, he's far too real for that. An intellectual scholar with the physical abilities of a commando fighter, Ben is still a very human man with longings and vulnerabilities. Add to that clever plotting by a villain that calls forth all of Ben's skills and settings so well-developed you can live in them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like any mystery writer, I¿ve been asked a lot of questions about where I get my ideas and how I plan a book. I could say dreams, eavesdropping, and perceptions I really care about - and that would be true. But it may be more helpful to say character, setting, and plot. Which is true in a larger context. For instance. Publish And Perish grew out of character. Out of Ben Reese. Out of a conversation I had in Blind River, Canada in 1973 with a university archivist I¿d known for years. My husband and I were standing on a dock on the edge of a large dark lake, watching the sun set and listening to the loons, talking with a professor I¿d known but never studied under, an archivist at a university who understood all sorts of arcane stuff I¿d never heard of. I knew his wife better. An English professor who¿d made pointed remarks years earlier, when she¿d heard about me in someone else¿s class, telling me cryptically that I wasn¿t working hard enough when I knew better - which was so undeniably true my only explanation was ¿youthful rebelliousness.' Anyway, this archivist was the right age to have been in World War II, and I asked if he¿d fought in the war. ¿Yes, in Europe.¿ ¿What did you do?¿ ¿Materials evaluation.¿ ¿Materials evaluation?...¿ I didn¿t let it drop, being the way I am, and eventually he told me he¿d been a behind-the-lines scout, a member of ¿The Nighttime Special,¿ who got sent out night after night, in groups of two or four, to take German command posts, photograph their documents, develop the photographs back at Intelligence and help analyze what they said about German troops and materials, and the strategic implications of both. Right at that moment - talking with that archivist as the sun set - I said, ¿Boy, you¿d make a great character in a mystery novel. A mild-mannered archivist who¿s also an ex-World War II scout.¿ He looked dubious. And I didn¿t start the book for years. I was pregnant with our first child, and had another two years later, and then worked at raising them while I wrote biography articles and avant garde novels (novels that got rejected by some very kind and well known editors - which was very little compensation at the time). But I¿d never forgotten my archivist friend. And when I finally decided to write a novel that might have a market in the real world, I named my archivist Ben Reese and began to give him a life - a past, and a family, and a childhood. I placed the book in 1960 next, when he was in his late thirties, because it worked well with Ben¿s life, and gave me a chance to contrast (by implication if nothing else) what American life was like then with what had become of it by the nineties. I interviewed my professor friend several times about being an archivist, and what he did in the war, even though he almost never talks about the war (hoping, like many people who faced what he faced, to put it behind him and move on). Then I said to myself, ¿Okay, what do I do with this? What kind of story would make sense with this fictional Ben Reese I¿ve got, whose life (and looks) are in my three ring binder? It would take place in a university. Obviously. At least the first book. But what kind of murder would make sense? What kind of pressures and conflicts would actually occur there in real life?¿ Publish And Perish is the two hundred page answer to that question - the answer that presented itself, at least, when I sat down and got to work.
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RGB1 More than 1 year ago
I read Out of the Ruins and thought this would be as good, but it wasn't.