Cinnamon Bay Plantation was the ideal Caribbean island getawayor so it seemed. But for distinguished Harvard economist Henry Spearman it offered diversion of a decidedly different sort and one he'd hardly anticipated: murder.
While the island police force is mired in an investigation that leads everywhere and nowhere, the diminutive, balding Spearman, who likes nothing better than to train his curiosity on human behavior, conducts an investigation of his own, one governed by rather different lawsthose of economics. Theorizing and hypothesizing, Spearman sets himself on the killer’s trail as it twists from the postcard-perfect beaches and manicured lawns of a resort to the bustling old port of Charlotte Amalie to densely forested hiking trails with perilous drops to a barren offshore cay.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Edition description:||With a New foreword by Herbert Stein and a new afterword by the author|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About 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 A Deadly Indifference (Princeton). Elzinga, as Marshall Jevons, most recently wrote The Mystery of the Invisible Hand (Princeton).
Table of Contents
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- FOREWORD. Murder at the Margin, pg. vii
- 1, pg. 1
- 2, pg. 11
- 3, pg. 19
- 4, pg. 26
- 5, pg. 36
- 6, pg. 41
- 7, pg. 49
- 8, pg. 58
- 9, pg. 76
- 10, pg. 84
- 11, pg. 95
- 12, pg. 111
- 13, pg. 139
- 14, pg. 151
- 15, pg. 165
- 16, pg. 174
- 17, pg. 185
- AFTERWORD, pg. 199
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I thought the economic argument extremely ingenious and the idea of using economic analysis as a way to solve the mystery most original.
At last a new kind of masterminda rational 'homoeconomics' and libertarian. If Henry Spearman had not existed, God would have had to invent him. Marshall Jevons did, to his readers' benefit.
"At last a new kind of masterminda rational 'homoeconomics' and libertarian. If Henry Spearman had not existed, God would have had to invent him. Marshall Jevons did, to his readers' benefit."Paul Samuelson