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Double Negative by David Carkeet
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Apr 10, 2009

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While leafing through a Bas Bleu catalog, I stumbled upon an intriguing review of this book. Looking for something new and different, I decided to give it a try. Although not an example of superb murder mystery this original approach to the mystery genre worked for me.

The murder occurs at the Wabash Institute, a language research center, where lettered linguists study language development in toddlers. All of the six PhD's are suspects. One of them, Jeremy Cook, leads the charge in trying to solve the case, along with the help of a socially stunted but professionally effective police detective. And along the way the reader gets exposed to the earnest, if somewhat disfunctional, world of linguistics academia.

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