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Fatal Equilibrium

ISBN-10: 0262100320

ISBN-13: 9780262100328

Edition: 2014

Authors: Marshall Jevons

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Dennis Gossen is dead, a career in economics cut short by the Harvard Promotion and Tenure Committee and an apparent suicide. When two members of that committee are killed, Gossen's fiancee, Melissa Shannon, finds herself indicted for murder. Once again, Henry Spearman, Professor of Economics at Harvard, finds himself on the track of a murderer and once again Marshall Jevons presents his readers with a captivating murder mystery riddle. Was it Morrison Bell, mathematics star, inventor of devices to defeat the squirrels in his birdfeeders? Or was it owl-like Oliver Wu the distinguished sociologist who harbors deep resentments? Was it Valerie Danzig, supposedly former 'item' with Dennis Gossen? Or maybe Foster Barrett, gourmet Harvard classicist? What about Cristolph Burckhardt, infatuated employer of Gossen's fiancee? Or Sophia Ustinov, Russian emigre, lover of American poetry and Borzoi hounds? Three lives come to an end. And when Spearman begins to piece it together, the murderer and Henry find themselves face to face on a luxury liner in a storm at sea in the fourth and final Fatal Equilibrium. For the reader who follows the clues, the solution to this conundrum is, as usual in the best of this genre, elementary. The difference in this case is that it is elementary economics. The Fatal Equilibrium is a mystery novel that provides a grasp of basic economics on the way to finding out whodunnit. Its predecessor, Murder at the Margin, has already achieved a cult following. In a review of Jevons' earlier book, The Wall Street Journalremarked that "if there is a more painless way to learn economic principles, scientists must have recently discovered how to implant them in ice cream." Marshall Jevons is the pseudonym for the team of William Breit, Professor of Economics at Trinity University and Kenneth G. Elzinga, Professor of Economics at The University of Virginia.
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/11/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Marshall Jevons is the pen name of Kenneth G. Elzinga, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. Elzinga, along with William Breit of Trinity University (1933-2011), has written three other Henry Spearman mystery novels under the Jevons pseudonym: "The Fatal Equilibrium" (Ballantine), "Murder at the Margin", and "A Deadly Indifference" (both Princeton).