Academic journal article et Cetera

The Fractal Murders

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Fractal Murders

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Mark Cohen. The Fractal Murders. New York: Mysterious Press, 2004.

Pepper Keane, a private investigator who collects old-time rock and roll and likes to read philosophy, is hired by Jane Smyers, a University of Colorado math professor, to look into the deaths of three colleagues who had nothing in common other than their field of expertise - fractal geometry: a discipline that analyzes shapes to identify patterns and predict behavior in complex systems. Although the FBI has found no connection in the deaths of the three professors, Smyers believes that there is more than a random chance that they are related. Our hero proceeds with the case on that assumption.

Pepper is not a smooth James Bond type character. He is a maverick who lives in a small town near Boulder, Colorado, with two rescue dogs and a low-grade depression. In the end this likable PI will get his man in an ending twist that I found satisfying and believable.

General semanticists might appreciate the fact that one of the clues in the story involves a professor who uses E-Prime (a form of English excluding any form of the verb "to be") to write her articles. …

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