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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (July 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345331583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345331588
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a low-cost way to learn some economics, it achieves a delightful equilibrium." The Wall Street Journal

From the Inside Flap

At Harvard, tenure decisions are a matter of life -- or death.

For Dennis Gossen, the economics department whiz kid currently being considered for tenure, it's definitely death. When he's turned down by the high-and-mighty Promotion and Tenure Committee, Gossen commits suicide.

A Question of Cost Accounting...

Or does he? It's hard to imagine why a young man with a brilliant scholarly future -- at Harvard or not -- would come up with an equation in which the opportunity cost of killing himself (a high price, considering his potential earnings) would be outweighed by the emotional cost of failing to receive tenure.

... Or Utility?

Then two members of the P and T Committee are murdered, and it becomes clear to Professor Henry Spearman of the Economics Department that the killer must be on the committee. But which of his illustrious colleagues would have significantly increased his -- or her -- utility (i.e., happiness) by murdering a faculty member or two? Or three?

Customer Reviews

Enjoy the mystery and the science.
Richard Frantz Jr.
I also admit that if I had not been a tad interested in economics this book might have been a bit boring because lots of the emphasis is on economics.
Cavgirl90
I do wish there was more mystery at the end, but the novel is a very short read.
Jeffrey Shek

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book as it was assigned by co-author Ken Elzinga for his Econ 201 class at the University of Virginia. This book is very good. Short but still interesting, it has tons of economics in it. If you love econ you'll chuckle as you read, seeing all the places where the very principles you have learned about are spotlighted. If you're interested in econ you should definitely pick up this fun, quick and informative read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Rossander on July 16, 2001
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Fatal Equilibrium reminded me of early science fiction (written by scientists about scientists for an audience of other scientists). This book is definitely written by an economist about economists. If you're part of that clique, it's a great book.
Not everyone will consider it light reading, though. If you don't have at least one econ class somewhere in your background, some significant parts of the book (and the plot) will go over your head. There were sections that felt like they were cut-and-pasted right from the author's lecture notes. I kept hoping that the book would be more like Larry Niven's work - grounded in theory, but first and foremost, a gripping story with compelling characters. I'd rather absorb my knowledge along the way than be lectured to.
I enjoyed it and I'll read it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Breslin on November 1, 2000
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This book was assigned to me for my Econ 201 class at UVa (virginia), and lo and behold, the author's real name is the professor for this class. Would this mean that one could say he is manipulating the market, and causing an immediate surge in demand during the otherwise weak sales-periods? Or is he simply using his power to dictate the syllabus to earn royalties? Cynicism aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I am a big fan of economics, and felt it was intriguing enough to read. The book manages to deftly intertwine many econ concepts and definitions throughout it, which is always useful for the beginning economist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annag Chandler on May 2, 2000
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Of the three books to date in this series, I find the first to be the most interesting and closely plotted. Be prepared for the insertion of economic analyses in the most unexpected places; but if you like your mysteries to be more mental and less bone-crunching, vulgarity-spewing mayhem, the Henry Spearman series is a set of entertaining reads for an evening or two.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cristian Calderon on May 25, 2001
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Marshall Jevons collaborates both a great mystery novel while presenting economic applications that people face in the world. Henry's explanation on the ecnomics of love and romance can be seen as strange, interesting, but most of all, comical. I truly recommend this book for those who plan on taking economics in college or are interested in the field of study. My economics class at the University of Chicago read this book which many enjoyed. After completing the book, we were asked to analyze the economics this book contains at a "deeper" level. Humanities clashed with economics without causing any type of argument among literature and economics majors.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
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This book's plot is a set on a college campus, and is oriented around the field of economics. Students of economics will be particularly enamored with this book. However, it is an excellent story that will please all fans of good mystery - whether they know anything about economics or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Monroe Kullberg on November 30, 2007
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An intriguing page-turner -- Mr. Jevons has commenced a new genre: An Academic Thriller ! : )
Who knew learning could be so much fun. Thank you for this great series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Shek on June 6, 2007
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If Milton Friedman liked it then hey - gotta argue with him right? :)

This is a great book. Its interesting and provides a lot of thought behind it. At the same time, its not challenging in any way. Thankfully, the book is explained well, the concepts are explained even better. Even if you don't understand basic economics concepts (which you should), the book will explain to you quite well in a very fun context.

It will leave you a bit curious and wanting a bit more at the end, yet the writer has weaven a great story with an economics setting. A bit dark and gloomy at times though.

I do wish there was more mystery at the end, but the novel is a very short read. I believe the writer didn't want to neccesarily bore the readers with too much economics. If you like mysteries, read this book! It'll give you a little thought and a lot of fun.
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