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# The Fractal Murders

by
Mark Cohen

Jane Smythe, a math professor specializing in fractal geometry, is shocked to learn that three professors with the same specialty have died amid mysterious circumstances. That's where Pepper Keane, an ex-Marine turned PI with an encyclopedic knowledge of rock 'n' roll, comes in. He finds himself attracted to Professor Smythe and is determined to discover the root of these
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Published
July 31st 2007
by Mysterious Press
(first published 2002)

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Mark Cohen – 1st book

Mysterious Press, 2004 – Hardcover

Math professor Jayne Smyers asserts that the probability of three other professors, experts in fractal geometry, must be related, despite what the FBI says. So she hires investigator Pepper Keane, a former Marine JAG and prosecuting attorney, to look for the link, and the killer.

*** Pepper is intelligent and fully dimensional, a man still on the search for who he is. There are wonderful relation ...more

The saving graces were the elements of fractal geometry and philosophy, which set this book apart from the literally thousands of uninspiring murder-mysteries out there. On a scale from "Ugh" to "Wow!," it gets an "Eh."

RATING: 3.5/C+

GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 2004, 311 pgs

TIME/PLACE: Present, Colorado

CHARACTERS: Pepper Keane, former Marine & lawyer, now PI

COMMENTS: Hired by a math professor who specializes in fractal geometry. She refuses to believe that 3 recent deaths by colleagues across the country could be coincidental.

Also, it was a really good book. At first I wasn't sure about Cohen's style, but after a chapter or two, I was completely at home. I enjoyed reading this book a lot.

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pretty slow for a mystery, but it picked-up at the end.

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This was a bit outside what I would normally pick up, but I enjoyed the Whitman College connection! Nothing like reading a mystery about a murdered math professor at the college where you majored in math. I even brought it to work one day because I couldn't wait to get to the bottom of the mystery!

If you get me talking about color theory or fractal mathematics, I will talk for ever. This book may let you have an "ahhhh ha" moment with mathematics. please consider reading it.

When a local mathematics professor contacts him to look in to the deaths of three other mathematics professors, all of whom specialize in a very narrow field of mathematics called Fractal Geometry. At first glace they appear to be non-related incidents but as Pepper starts looking closer he finds some very disturbing information.

Pepper is an interesting ...more

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Nonetheless, the action that ensues in THE FRACTAL MURDERS is guarantee ...more

This was not most well-written book I've read, especially the awful dialogue, but the personality of the main character made it quite an enjoyable read.

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