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When an Argentine math student discovers the smothered body of his landlady, conventional wisdom points to a family member with the most prosaic of motives. But then renowned logician Arthur Seldom, author of a book on the mathematics of serial killers, tells of a strange note left in his mailbox. The note indicates that the murder is the first in a series linked by a mysterious pattern. Each new death is accompanied by a different mathematical shape. It seems that the serial killer can be stopped only if someone can crack the next symbol in the sequence. The leading Oxford logician and the math graduate team up on a quest to crack the cryptic clues.
©2005 Guillermo Martinez (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Should be read for atmosphere and fascinating applications of logical sequences to crime-scene investigation." ( Booklist)
"Math and murder mingle in this intriguingly cerebral mystery....a stylish, intellectually meaty whodunit." ( Publishers Weekly)
"[This] elegant, fashionable, award-winning novel mixes murder with modern mathematical theory....Soft-spoken, smart, and satisfying." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Meh

I read a lot of books, particularly murder mysteries. This one described every female in a smarmy, creepy, sexualized manner that detracted from the otherwise iinteresting read. Unfortunately, it ruined the book for me as I am a woman, and not particularly interested in hearing how female breasts are pleasing to the narrator, outside of any meaning for the plot. It interrupted my interest in who-did-it.

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  • Nelly_dog
  • 03-01-09

Disappointing

The inclusion of mathematical theories in a mystery novel was a neat idea. Unfortunately the mystery element was nothing special and worked out in quite a silly and disappointing way. As an audiobook for British listeners it is also rather frustrating. A central character is a Scot, however the narrator's Scottish accent is abysmal.

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