The Fatal Equilibrium

Dennis Gossen is dead, an apparent suicide, after his career in economics has been cut short by the Harvard Promotion and Tenure Committee. When two members of that committee are killed, Gossen’s fiancée, Melissa Shannon, finds herself indicted for murder. Once again, Henry Spearman, Professor of Economics at Harvard, finds himself on the track of a murder, and once again Marshall Jevons presents his readers with a captivating murder mystery riddle.

Was it Morrison Bell, mathematics star, inventor of devices to defeat the squirrels in his birdfeeders? Or was it owl-like Oliver Wu, the distinguished sociologist who harbors deep resentments? Was it Valerie Danzig, supposedly former “item” with Dennis Gossen? Or maybe Foster Barrett, gourmet Harvard classicist? What about Christolph Burckhardt, infatuated employer of Gossen’s fiancée? Or Sophia Ustinov, Russian emigré, lover of American poetry and Borzoi hounds? Three lives come to an end. And when Spearman begins to piece it together, the murderer and Henry find themselves face to face on a luxury liner in a storm at sea in the fourth and final Fatal Equilibrium.

For the reader who follows the clues, the solution to this conundrum is, as usual in the best of this genre, elementary. The difference in this case is that it is elementary economics. The Fatal Equilibrium is a mystery novel that provides a grasp of basic economics on the way to finding out whodunit.


Praise for The Fatal Equilibrium


“It is hard to conceive of a more pleasant or painless way of imbibing sound economic principles than reading this fascinating, absorbing, and well-written mystery story.”

-Milton Friedman


The Fatal Equilibrium” is a deft portrayal of sinister goings-on in academe, nicely seasoned with insights into the ‘dismal science’ of economics.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.”

-Michael M. Thomas


“Both economics students and mystery fans will love it, learn from it and look for more.”

-Herbert Stein


“Not quite your average pulp thriller…sort of a profit-maximizing Miss Marple.”

The Wall Street Journal