The Fatal Equilibrium

The Fatal Equilibrium

The Fatal Equilibrium

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The Fatal Equilibrium is a crime novel written by the pseudonymous author Marshall Jevons. The hero, Professor Henry Spearman, applies economic theory to determine who committed a murder. Spearman uses economic theory as a lens to scrutinize all human behaviour, and his character is based on Milton Friedman, who won a Nobel Prize in economics.

The Fatal Equilibrium is a "British traditional" within the mystery genre. It has no explicit sex or violence. British traditionals are written as cerebral works of the mind, rather than adrenaline (e.g., Emma Lathen, Ellery Queen, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie).

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The narrative focuses on the stories of several Harvard Professors as they deliberate whether tenure should be imparted on assistant professor Dennis Gossen. Gossen is an up-and-coming economics figure, who is hopeful that the Promotion and Tenure Committee will find him of adequate qualification to receiver tenure at Harvard University—a very prestigious accomplishment. The P and T Committee is headed by celebrated anthropologist and Harvard Dean Denton Clegg and consists of distinguished sociologist Oliver Wu, chemist Sophia Ustinov, English professor Calvin Weber, psychology professor Valerie Danzig, mathematics professor Morrison Bell, Classicist Foster Barrett and dominant economics professor Henry Spearman.

Dennis somehow shows up at the door of Henry Spearman, who is not home, and let in by Henry’s wife, Pidge. Because...
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