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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Shooting for Tenure by Brian Forsyth

This was a good mystery.  Much like a bull fighter and his cape distracting the bull, the author layered the plot in subtle deception, luring false speculations to the true perpetrator of violence.   Solveig’s over arching prejudice against all in the law profession is balanced by the sheer goodness of Gregory.   The oil and water conflict permeates the tone of the novel where Solveig is struggling for tenure.

The sheer strength of Solveig’s prejudice is hard to resolve with the image of a likeable, knowledgeable academic.   However prejudice while reasonably easy to acquire is all to often difficult to dismiss.   A former student sues the university and a rival uses the law suit to try and deny Solveig’s tenure.   There are some blatant stereotypes and the author has Solveig wield them like a club. 

Overall I liked the story but I had some difficulty with the emotional irascibility of the main protagonist.

It all tied together is a well kept secret ending.

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