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The Agatha Award-Nominated Author of Quieter Than Sleep

Professor Karen Pelletier has made a name for herself as one of the leading scholars of literature at exclusive Enfield College. But when an offhand comment sets off a firestorm of controversy, she finds herself embroiled in a scandal that began with a notorious novel from the 1950s — and ends with a very real murder....

When a New York Times reporter ends an interview with Karen by asking her to name the best novel of the twentieth century, she glibly picks the steamy potboiler Oblivion Falls, a long-forgotten tome that caused a sensation forty years ago.

After Karen’s comment renews interest in Oblivion Falls, the book quickly climbs onto the bestseller charts — and now everyone wants to know what became of the book’s long-vanished author, Mildred Deakin. The reporter who broke the story finally tracks her down — and is rewarded for his efforts by being shot dead in the writer’s driveway.

When Mildred is arrested for murder, Karen feels obligated to investigate further. And what she discovers, as she probes the long-forgotten publishing drama surrounding Oblivion Falls, is almost as shocking as the book itself — and far more deadly.

Synopsis:

A long-obscured controversial novel from the 1950s enjoys a brief, tempestuous resurgence when iconoclastic English professor Karen Pelletier names it as one of the greatest books of the century, but Karen soon finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation involving the novel's reclusive author. Reprint.

About the Author

Joanne Dobson is the author of three previous Karen Pelletier mysteries — The Raven and the Nightingale, The Northbury Papers, and Quieter Than Sleep, which was nominated for an Agatha Award. An associate professor of English at Fordham University, she lives in Westchester County, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307768100
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - General
Author:
Dobson, Joanne
Author:
Joanne Dobson
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
English teachers
Subject:
Women college teachers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20011002
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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"Synopsis" by , A long-obscured controversial novel from the 1950s enjoys a brief, tempestuous resurgence when iconoclastic English professor Karen Pelletier names it as one of the greatest books of the century, but Karen soon finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation involving the novel's reclusive author. Reprint.
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