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A Deadly Indifference: A Henry Spearman Mystery [Paperback]

Marshall Jevons
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Book Description

Aug. 16 1998 0691059691 978-0691059693

Harvard professor Henry Spearman--an ingenious amateur sleuth who uses economics to size up every situation--is sent by an American entrepreneur to Cambridge, England. Spearman's mission is to scout out for purchase the most famous house in economic science: Balliol Croft, the former dwelling place of Professor Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes's teacher and the font of modern economic theory. A near miss for the American entrepreneur and the shocking and bizarre murder of Nigel Hart, the master of Bishop's College, soon make it clear that the whole affair is risky business. When a second corpse turns up, Spearman is jolted into realizing that his own life is in peril as he finds himself face to face with the most diabolical killer in his experience.


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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Serial Thriller! April 7 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A Deadly Indifference is a well written book. The logic used by Henry Spearman is superb. I am a student enrolled in an economics class and all of the economic facts used in the book are true. This book has more twists and turns than the Texas Tornado.
The book is not dull and boring like most other books are. This allows the reader to become one with the story. Every move, every thought. Henry Spearman is a world-class sleuth. Buy this book! Even if you don't have to do a report on it!
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By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I highly recommend this book. Besides being an enjoyable read, it also teaches some basic economic concepts. Taking place in England in the 1960's, the book has an enjoyable feel.
Perhaps the highest praise I can say for it is that I have read it 3 times. Something I generally never do with murder mysteries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A short review Dec 25 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is a good, clean murder mystery with economics lessons thrown in. The setting is very nice in the universities of Cambridge, England. The characters are developed well, and there are not too many to keep track of. A surprise ending. Worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great mystery!!! July 23 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Mixing economics and murder supplies great entertainment! Jevons is a master storyteller, and I'd like to read even more from this writer(s)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Serial Thriller! April 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A Deadly Indifference is a well written book. The logic used by Henry Spearman is superb. I am a student enrolled in an economics class and all of the economic facts used in the book are true. This book has more twists and turns than the Texas Tornado.
The book is not dull and boring like most other books are. This allows the reader to become one with the story. Every move, every thought. Henry Spearman is a world-class sleuth. Buy this book! Even if you don't have to do a report on it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mystery!!! July 23 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mixing economics and murder supplies great entertainment! Jevons is a master storyteller, and I'd like to read even more from this writer(s)!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A short review Dec 25 2003
By "daveg41" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a good, clean murder mystery with economics lessons thrown in. The setting is very nice in the universities of Cambridge, England. The characters are developed well, and there are not too many to keep track of. A surprise ending. Worth reading.
2.0 out of 5 stars A Deadly Indifference April 7 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is more for economists who are interested in being glorified as classy professionals. There's nothing really special about it other than it's a book about a detective/economist. The plot seems to be focused around the idea that every chapter is a lecture on economics and not necessarily about good or even interesting plot, but if lecture is what you want, it's lecture you'll get here.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery with some easy to grasp economics lessons. June 26 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I highly recommend this book. Besides being an enjoyable read, it also teaches some basic economic concepts. Taking place in England in the 1960's, the book has an enjoyable feel.
Perhaps the highest praise I can say for it is that I have read it 3 times. Something I generally never do with murder mysteries.
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