Friday, January 19, 2007

To Read: The Oxford Murders

Another recommendation via Bookgasm. Guillermo Martinez' The Oxford Murders is a "high-minded mystery" about a murder that was predicted before it happened in a letter that contained "a time, an address and a bizarre symbol."

When a math legend decides that the symbol has mathematical origins, and another letter with a new symbol arrives, the story's protagonists determine to try and predict the next murder. It all sounds clever and fun, but what really got my attention is that it's a "compact" book at less than 200 pages. I'm becoming impatient with overly long, wordy books, and as Bookgasm's Rod Lott says, "it’s refreshing to see a novel – and a complex mystery, no less – that says what it needs to say and gets out."

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