Burning Down the House

Burning Down the House

by Lev Raphael

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Burning Down the House by Lev Raphael

Welcome to the hothouse world of academia where egos bruise as easily as peaches and vendettas grow like weeds. Cheerful, sarcastic professor Nick Hoffman never wanted to be a sleuth, but circumstances at the outwardly bucolic State University of Michigan keep forcing him to solve crimes and save himself from prison or worse. Now, at Christmas time, he's caught between rival factions in his department over who should be the next chairperson and even over what kind of Christmas tree the office should have. His life spirals out of control thanks to an unexpected sexual attraction, and a blur of anonymous threats, stalking, and assault. Is murder next? Nick's only hope is doing something he's never imagined possible--buying a gun. Acclaimed mystery writer Lev Raphael scores another bull's-eye in his academic mystery series that takes readers behind the scenes of a world that prides itself on scholarship and fellowship, but is often just a ship of fools.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013940345
Publisher: Lev Raphael
Publication date: 02/13/2012
Series: The Nick Hoffman Mysteries , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 768 KB

About the Author

Lev Raphael is living his dream. In elementary school, when he discovered the magic of story-telling, he decided to become an author. He’s now been publishing in genres from memoir to mystery for over three decades. He’s seen his work translated into a dozen languages, analyzed in scholarly papers and books, taught at colleges and universities, and discussed at academic conferences. Raphael has done hundreds of invited readings from his books at venues on three continents, from The Library of Congress to The Jewish Museum in Berlin. His literary papers were purchased for the Michigan State University Library Special Archives and he recently began teaching creative writing there as a distinguished visiting author. He blogs on books for The Huffington Post and reviews for WKAR FM, the NPR station in East Lansing. He is a former radio talk show host and has reviewed for The Washington Post, Boston Review, Jerusalem Report, Lambda Book Report, and the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. He reviewed for the Detroit Free Press for about a decade, and he had a crime fiction column there as well. Raphael is currently working on three new book projects: a memoir, a historical novel, and a mystery. His web site is Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LevRaphael.

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Burning Down the House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The State University of Michigan at Michiganopolis is a strange place to be. More so if you are associate professor Nick Hoffman, wanting tenure while knowing that every faction of your department despises you. The administration hates him because he¿s a net for trouble. In the years he has been teaching there he has been directly involved in quite a few homicide investigations, beaten up to many times to mention, and been the victim in an arson episode. His name has been featured quite prominently in the papers but publicity involving the University has been negative.

Although Nick is trying to stay out of the limelight he just can¿t seem to manage it especially when the voluptuous Juno Dromgoole comes to him for help. Someone is stalking her and sending her threatening phone calls and letters threatening violence towards her. Soon the threats turn nasty leaving them determined to find for themselves who it is conducting this reign of terror.

BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE is an intriguing amateur sleuth novel starring a very likable and vulnerable hero who has the most amazing capacity to give of himself to those he cares about. The antics of the college professor, human beings who are supposed to be an example, are so bizarre that they come across as believable. Lev Raphael has written another fascinating installment in the Nick Hoffman saga.

Harriet Klausner

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nursery. ~Striking