October 20, 2004
The background for this murderous tale is Harvard Business School,
aka The 'B-School'. Boston
Police descend upon the school when the school's golden boy, Eric MacInnes, the son of a wealthy
dynasty is found dead in a Jacuzzi
after hours in a locked building.
A descendant of the 17th century Dutch painter, Wim Vermeer, is a teacher on The 'B-School' faculty who not only fears
his career is on the line, but is stunned when this “freak” accident
appears to look like an ingenious murder.
He soon finds himself suspect in the case.
Dean Bishop assigns Vermeer
the task of liaison between Harvard and the MacInnes who are demanding
answers. The lead investigator in the case is Captain Barbara Brouillard, nicknamed by
the department as 'Ms. Biz', also known for making up her own rules. She takes a liking to Vermeer, but isn't sure if he’s an asset
or an impediment to her investigation.
Desperate to clear himself and discover the truth, Wim begins his own investigation into the case.
Corpses begin to pile up, when Libby, the MacInnes' daughter, is found
murdered. Both rumors, as well as computer evidence begin to point towards
Wim Vermeer. It doesn’t take long for Vermeer to realize he's been setup for a devious cover-up. With secrets unraveling, and
higher members of the faculty being held responsible, the atmosphere in the halls of the Harvard Business School quickly tense.
Cruikshank’s descriptive settings of Boston, Cambridge and the Harvard
Campus, New York and Puerto Rico help create an interesting debut novel,
although the story is somewhat slow to start. However, there are enough
twists and turns to keep readers guessing.
Reviewed by Betsie