A fine hardcover copy with bright silver spine lettering. Tight binding. Lightly faded, but otherwise clean, unmarked pages. Very good jacket in removable mylar. NOT ex-library. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0094700109. ISBN/EAN: 9780094700109. Inventory No: 019864.
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This talky, often slow-moving murder mystery is somewhat redeemed by its evocation of Cambridge University as it is now and as it was earlier in the century. Young viscount David Glen Tannock is found dead in his lodgings at Clare College, apparently of an allergic reaction to penicillin. An old family friend, barrister Sir Patrick Scott, investigates the death, which seems to involve a secret intellectual society to which both men belong, made up of active members (called Apostles) and alumni (Angels). After the poisoning of another Apostle, a brilliant young scientist, the barrister is certain that one of the society members is the murderer. Among the Apostles in question are a Russian defector, whose father was executed by David's father during WW II, and an unduly curious American. But discretion is de rigueur. One Angel is a politician about to become ambassador to Russia; others hold high positions in the university. Sir Patrick must unravel a mystery more than 50 years old to find a cold-blooded killer. The class-conscious and cerebral barrister, who narrates the tale, may not be the most attractive sleuth, but he does maintain a civilized discourse. Appiah, a professor at Duke, is a graduate of Cambridge.
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Somebody's poisoning members of the Apostles, a Cambridge secret society--titled undergraduate David Glen Tannock by penicillin; eminent physiologist Charles Phipps; and has-been topologist Godfrey Stanley by some especially foul neurotoxins--and sending them death- notes with little classical tags. David's barrister cousin Sir Patrick Scott finds Cambridge so thick with suspects and motives--did David's tutor, Peter Tredwell, kill him after a homosexual come-on, or was philosopher Vera Oblomov avenging her father's killing years ago, or was American arriviste Dale Bishop protecting the tell-all book he was hatching on the Apostles?--that the final choice of one among many (reached with the help of an obliging database) carries no special weight. Aggressively literate and fawningly Anglophilic, though the storytelling is enervated and the detective a noble cipher. First of a promised series. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0094700109