A Deadly Indifference


The most ingenious of amateur sleuths–Harvard professor Henry Spearman, who uses economics to size up every situation–is back as he plunges into his most puzzling and dangerous adventure yet.

Spearman and his wife Pidge are on an unusual mission. They are in Cambridge, England to scout out the most famous house in economic science: Balliol Croft, the former dwelling place of Professor Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes’ teacher and the fount of modern economic theory. A foundation headed by Chicago entrepreneur Morris Fain hopes to turn Marshall’s home into an institute for the study of free enterprise.

It soon becomes clear that someone is intent on keeping Fain–and others–from acquiring Balliol Croft. The shocking and bizarre murder of Nigel Hart, the Master of Bishop’s College, and the mysterious events leading up to this crime make it clear that any attempt to acquire Alfred Marshall’s residence is risky business. When a second corpse turns up, the body of a young woman who had connections with Balliol Croft in the past, Henry Spearman is jolted into realizing that not only Fain’s life but also his own is in peril.

Using economic theory in thoroughly engaging ways, the sleuthing professor investigates murder against the incongruent background of the gothic spires and heraldic emblems of King’s College Chapel, punts gliding on the River Cam, and students emerging from the portals of ancient college quadrangles. As he unravels the deadly events at Cambridge, Spearman finds himself face to face with the most diabolical killer of his experience.


Praise for A Deadly Indifference


“Henry Spearman’s adventure in the world of political economy has more twists and turns than a real live presidential campaign.  By putting economics into a mystery, Marshall Jevons has taken the mystery out of economics and supplied as many surprises as any mystery buff could demand.  I love it!” -Mary Matalin, Republican Strategist


“What a fascinating concept – one that the authors have once again pulled off in an ingenious and highly entertaining way.  Who said that economics is a dismal science?  Certainly not the ‘whodunit’ hands of Marshall Jevons.” – Irvine R. Levine, NBC News