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Meghan Doherty, a young business professor on the eve of tenure, is found hanging and nearly dead in her Pacific Coast University office. Her brother and only living relative, Shamus, a builder by trade, must leave his small New England town to be in Los Angeles for a sister he has kept at a distance since a childhood event he can neither forgive nor forget.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Blue Mustang Press
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This is a fast-paced book that you won't want to put down, as there are twists and turns at several corners. The character development is not extensive, but anyone who has spent much time in the adademic world will have no trouble imagining the personalities. Even as a work of fiction, there are many things in this book that ring true to anyone who has spent time as a business school faculty member, pariticularly in earlier generations. Kudos to the author for such an interesting first novel.
I really enjoyed this, and am hoping for a sequel. The descriptions of the university, and some of the characters in it, were perfectly done. I liked the brother-and-sister protagonists, and can see some interesting conflict between the two in future installments.