Orange Crushed

Orange Crushed

by Pamela Thomas-Graham
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Orange Crushed by Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham's beguiling and atmospheric Ivy League novels simmer with hot button issues -- and unveil layers of malice and murder inside the life academic. Harvard economics professor Nikki Chase is intent on becoming the first tenured African-American woman in her department. But with her affinity for solving crimes, she may make her name in a place where the highest levels of human intellect can court the lowest impulses of the human heart.


A working weekend at a Princeton conference is just what Nikki needs to deflect the pre-holiday pressures -- both professional and personal -- that are closing in on her back in Cambridge. And there will be down time, too, at a party honoring professor Earl Stokes, her old friend and mentor. Rumors abound that Stokes, a Princeton superstar, may depart for Harvard, a change that would stir up as much controversy as his new bestselling book on race issues. When Stokes's body is discovered among the smoldering ruins of the not-yet-completed black-studies building, a shattered Nikki refuses to accept the police findings that the death was accidental. And among the ashes she will uncover a murderous agenda with ominous implications for not only the Princeton campus but Harvard as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684845289
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: Ivy League Mysteries Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Pamela Thomas-Graham is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College and a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Now president and CEO of CNBC Television, she divides her time between Westchester County and Manhattan. This is her third novel.

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Orange Crushed 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not an author I will read again. Sub-mediocre writing. Author introduces 20 characters in the first 40 pages of the book. Book addresses racial profiling however, the author then makes all but 2 of her caucasian characters preppy blonds. Who is profiling whom? Story wasn't much either. Maybe written for ivy league alums, otherwise can't see any value.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, just as I have enjoyed the other novels in this series. FINALLY! An interesting, intelligent African American female sleuth who sheds light on the experience of people of color at predominantly white institutions. As a product of Harvard and other historically white private institutions, I can definitely identify with Nikki's experiences as an African American woman. Juicy stories lines and subtle insights into the African American experience, makes this an enjoyable read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing that this book had been picked for The Today Show's 'best pick', I was startled to find that it wasn't at all what I expected. The author apparently thinks the reader needs to be constantly told that black women can be very intelligent (something I already knew) and that all white people are ignorant, anti-blacks, and bores, which I know is not true. Somewhere in the book was a mystery, but it was lost in the diatribe by the author. Last time I buy a book on the say-so of The Today Show!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harvard University Economics Afro-American professor Nikki Chase is presently at Princeton to give a paper at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She isn¿t looking forward to doing it but if she wants tenure, this is one of the prices she has to pay. While there shevisits her brother Eric and his new girlfriend Kayla as well as her mentor Professor Earl Stokes, head of the African-America studies and the economics department of the New Jersey school......................................... Internationally renowned Earl has written a best seller, Color Counts, which is one of the reasons Harvard wants him to chair the Economics Department. Nikki would love that since she doesn¿t get along with the current acting head of Economics. Earl isn¿t sure what he wants to do especially since Princeton is building an African-American study center. All plans go up in smoke when the building burns to the ground and Earl¿s body is found, the victim of murder. Unable to leave well enough alone, Nikki investigates and if she is not more cautious could become another murder victim...................................... The Broncos and Syracuse U are not part of this tale. Instead academic politics can get ugly even leading to murders as demonstrated in ORANGE CRUSHED. The heroine plunges head long into the investigation in order to forget her break up with a man she cares about and in the process finds herself attracted to Earl¿s son. The protagonist has solved homicide cases before (see A DARKER SHADE OF CRIMSON) but this investigation is her toughest because the suspects all wear masks pretending to be something they are not. Pamela Thomas-Graham has written a fantastic academic mystery...................... Harriet Klausner