"The next bubble to burst will be the education bubble. Make no mistake about it, education is big business and, like other big businesses, it is in big trouble." -Professor Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University, New York Times, Opinion, July 12, 2009.
A young, salt-of-the-earth family is caught up in a cyclone of greed, after Dennis Winecoop accepts a position at Washington, D.C.'s Utopia University. Believing he was hired to advise graduate students in history, Professor Winecoop finds he is teaching a full schedule of "Murder 101." The first lesson, it seems, occurred just days before he was hired, when his predecessor was found grotesquely murdered in his bath. The intrigues of multiple murders are the catalysts that drive this dynamic and compelling tale to a shocking conclusion. The events and characters of Murder Cum Laude reveal the ugly reality of Washington politics and one man's aggressive efforts to uncover the truth.
A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, author Bruce Zortman served as a top secret courier during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded a one-year Taussig Fellowship to the Free University in Berlin. As an NDEA Fellow, he earned his PhD with distinction from UCLA. His 25 years as a professional educator include positions at Santa Monica College and American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Hitler's Theater (1985), an acting textbook, scholarly articles and several produced plays. Presently, he is Commodore of the Tucson Sailing Club.
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A story of corruption that gets out of hand in a bureaucracy that does not function with the best interests of its purpose -education.
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This is possibly the worst novel I have ever tried to listen to. After struggling hard to endure the first seven tedious hours, I finally pushed the flush handle and sent it to the trash can. There was not a single character that I cared about and kept wishing all of them would just be killed and my agony would end. Still it went on and on. The book was made even more horrible by a narrator who talked so fast my ear was always three words behind his droning. After over 500 Audible books, this is only one of two that gets one star across the board. One star is one too many!
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