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Murder at the B-School
Cruikshank, Jeffrey L.
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New York : Mysterious Press, [2004]

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323 pages; 24 cm
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This riveting debut novel probes murder, pretension and conspiracy in the halls of Harvard Universitys famed graduate program.

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Booklist Review

Cruikshank's debut mystery novel is impressive. The protagonist is a Harvard Business School, soon-to-be-untenured assistant professor who is the descendant, many generations past, of the painter Vermeer--but without any aesthetic inclination of his ancestor. Assigned to help investigate the murder of one of his finance students, Wim Vermeer gets caught up in the lives of the rich and famous, is implicated in a second homicide, and, finally, tracks down the killer in a sleepy Puerto Rican village. The main scenery--eastern Massachusetts--rings true, as do the solemn caricatures of the afflicted and affluent MacInnes family. What remains to be a bit more fleshed out, pun intended, is the portrait of the female cop--and, indeed, all the other women in this whodunit. It's not hard to figure out the ending, but the story is engagingly entertaining. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Some fine description helps offset plot weaknesses in this competent first mystery from former Harvard Business School administrator and financial writer Cruikshank (The Greenspan Effect). When Eric MacInnes, a handsome, rich student at the business school, turns up dead in a whirlpool bath in a campus building, Dean Jim Bishop asks Wim Vermeer, a low-level finance professor headed nowhere, to keep the MacInnes family informed about the investigation. That the dean should select the rather lackluster Vermeer for such a sensitive task isn't particularly plausible. Nevertheless, Vermeer goes to the powerful MacInnes family, whose members are predictably hostile when he tries to placate them. Vermeer bumps into Capt. Barbara Brouillard, the Boston police detective assigned to the case, and they agree to work together, an arrangement that again feels forced. Before they've gotten too far, Eric's purported girlfriend, Jeannette Bartlett, jumps off a bridge and another murder follows. The relationship between Vermeer and Brouillard is feasible up to a point, but the leap it later makes leaves the reader behind. The entertaining picture of the world of academic finance and university politics gives the story a bit of an edge. Agent, Helen Rees. (Oct. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The Harvard Business School's head asks Professor Wim Vermeer to act as liaison between Harvard and the old-monied family of a charismatic but lonely student who drowned in a Jacuzzi. While apparently without enemies or friends, for that matter Eric MacInnes is a disturbing case for Vermeer, who becomes the prime suspect himself after another murder. With the help of police detective Barbara Brouillard, however, he uncovers the truth. Finely crafted prose, fully developed characters, and the distinctive atmosphere of Boston surrounds bode well for this new series. Cruikshank lives in Cambridge, MA. [See Mystery Prepub, LJ 6/1/04.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.