Death of a Department Chair
2007 Book & Jacket Design Honoree, the Association of American University Presses
“A tidy mystery with enough ambitious careerists and theorists to staff a dozen dysfunctional lit departments. Miller knows where the academic bodies are buried both literally and figuratively, and she touches up a traditional mystery with some lively, non-traditional angles.”
A witty, provocative take on the classic murder mystery
In Death of a Department Chair,
protagonist Miriam Held recounts the events of the previous fall
when she was suspected of killing Isabel Vittorio, the chair
of her department and her former lover. The controversial and
contrary Vittorio was, at the time of her death, attempting to
block the hire of a brilliant African American female professor.
Already under siege for her attempts to increase diversity on
campus, Miriam is forced to defend her reputation and her life.
As she searches for the truth, Miriam amasses evidence that leaves
few friends and colleagues free from suspicion. Both a classic
whodunit and a witty satire, Death of a Department Chair dramatizes
how communities can create the very climate of mistrust and paranoia
that victimizes them.
“Everything moves fast in this mystery
romp about desire and academic greed. Lynn Miller gives us not
one but two deliciously insensitive villains and one first-rate
heroine, not to mention a jumble of realistic crazies that anyone
who's ever majored in anything at any university will recognize.
A page turner whose witty and caring author makes us curious
not only about who done it but who, amazingly enough, managed
to hold off and not do it."
—Carol Bly, author of My
Lord Bag of Rice
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LC: 2006008064 PS
256 pp. 6 x 9