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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Mustang Press (July 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193519917X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935199175
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A masterful debut mystery novel...Reardon's primary goal in Shadow Campus is telling a page-turning story. And she certainly does that.  But there is a side benefit for readers who'd like to sharpen their own political skills." 
-- Forbes.com


"Hooked me from the beginning." 
-- Laura Stepp, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, author of Unhooked:  How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both.

About the Author

KATHLEEN KELLEY REARDON has authored 10 books.  A professor at the University of Southern California, she is the 2013 University of Connecticut Alumni Humanitarian of the Year.  She is co-founder of 'First Star,' a nonprofit organization that creates dedicated academies on university campuses to help under-represented foster children achieve admission to college.  A featured blogger for The Huffington Post since 2005, Kathleen's writings and research have been covered in hundreds of newspaper & magazine articles and TV & radio news segments.  She's been interviewed on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and CNBC.   Her first book, Persuasion in Practice (now revised), was described by Public Opinion Quarterly as "a landmark contribution to the field" of persuasion. Her initial Harvard Business Review article "The Memo Every Woman Keeps in Her Desk," became a best seller in reprinted form. Her latest HBR article is "Courage as a Skill."  Among her nonfiction books are The Secret Handshake, a frequent Amazon business bestseller, provides a rare and perceptive inside look at the politics of business; It's All Politics, which provides a deeper analysis of workplace politics; and Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation. Her ground-breaking Guide to International Business Gift Giving has been used for many years by the White House Office of Protocol and protocol chiefs for nations and businesses worldwide.  She has consulted for many major corporations, entrepreneurial business and professionals around the world on topics related to communication, persuasion, negotiation and politics at work.  A Phi Beta Kappa, Kathleen Kelley Reardon earned her PhD with Distinction, at UMass Amherst. 

More About the Author

Kathleen Kelley Reardon's newest book, the mystery thriller SHADOW CAMPUS, is her debut novel.

Author of 10 books, she is a professor at USC's Marshall School of Business, a featured political blogger at The Huffington Post since 2005, and the recipient of the 2013 Humanitarian Award from the UConn Alumni Association.

Her first book, PERSUASION IN PRACTICE, (revised edition retitled), was called by Public Opinion Quarterly "a landmark contribution to the field" of research and theory in persuasion.

Her first trade book, THEY DON'T GET IT, DO THEY?, was based on her Harvard Business Review article "The Memo Every Woman Keeps in Her Desk," which became an HBR reprint best seller. Her latest HBR article is "Courage as a Skill."

THE SECRET HANDSHAKE (2000), an Amazon business and nonfiction bestseller, provides a rare and perceptive inside look at the politics of business. IT'S ALL POLITICS (2005) provides a deeper analysis of workplace politics. Other Kathleen Kelley Reardon books for professional people include THE SKILLED NEGOTIATOR (2004) and COMEBACKS AT WORK: USING CONVERSATION TO MASTER CONFRONTATION (2010).

Professor Reardon also wrote CHILDHOOD DENIED: ENDING THE NIGHTMARE OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT (2008) an investigation into the legal, political and societal treatment of foster children in the U.S. The concept she introduced in that book of creating university-based academies to prepare foster children for college (of whom only approximately 3% graduate) has already resulted in the creation of four such academies at major universities, with more on the way. At First Star, the nonprofit with which initiates and develops those academies, she was a co-founding board member is the its Distinguished Research Fellow

Her breakthrough INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS GIFT-GIVING: A GUIDE FOR AMERICAN EXECUTIVES was used by the White House Office of Protocol as a primary reference for many years as well as by chiefs of protocol for nations and businesses around the world.

At USC, Dr. Reardon also served on the Preventive Medicine Faculty for over 15 years and was earlier a professor of Communication Sciences at UCONN. She earned her Ph.D., at UMass Amherst, where she graduated with distinction and won the NCA national dissertation of the year award. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board. She has consulted for many individuals, and companies large and small around the world on topics related to communication, persuasion, negotiation and politics at work.

She has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and Good Morning America. Her research and writings have been covered in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and broadcast news segments.

In SHADOW CAMPUS, she has taken her knowledge of politics in the workplace to fiction and shows us how even at universities often all is not what it seems.

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Highly entertaining and well written.
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It is easy reading and a book that you prefer to not put down till you are finished.
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Easy to read, kept me entertained and the plot had some nice twists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gunther Purdue on July 25, 2013
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I had the good fortune of reading this book in manuscript form and highly recommended it! Highly entertaining and well written. A wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon at home or a sunny day on the beach. Travels well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loves to read on August 6, 2013
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Not since "Who Is Afraid of Virginia Wolf" have we seen such virulence on an academic campus. In this rabid context, murder seems the logical next step, not a fictional aberration. As nasty and dangerous as the mean streets of a crime-ridden city, the quiet ivory towers are seen as riddled with deceit, deans build potential blackmail files on unruly faculty, sex is demanded and offered as part of the tenure decision process, and large scale financial fraud threatens the careers and lines the pockets of the most powerful administrators. And yes, the occasional hanging or fall down an elevator shaft might be a suicide, or an accident, but maybe not. In this overheated, politicized atmosphere, everyday conversations and recognizable characters ring true, not overdrawn, as if the reader were there, negotiating an appointment with a pompous, arrogant dean or floating around a spectacularly beautiful faculty house, sipping cocktails with donors, deans, and nervous, ambitious young Assistant Professors -- watching pipe smoking, self-satified senior professors strut their stuff. Fun, a page turning romp through academic life, with a plot that twists preconceptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Weber on September 9, 2013
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I like mysteries and psychological thrillers. Shadow Campus was excellent in developing a story and the characters from the beginning and you really were not sure till the end how it was going to end. The author painted a detailed story, atmosphere, and knowledge of the environment and the people who professionally reside in that environment. A good story is not always about just a specific situation that happens, but about relationships, character development, and other side story lines that compliment the big picture which Shadow Campus did. There was a balance of serious character interaction, as well as humor, saracasm, sensitivities, politics, the world of academia, etc. that kept the story line compelling. I liked that a number of the characters had some complex traits which enriched the story and also kept you guessing as to who done it. It is easy reading and a book that you prefer to not put down till you are finished. I hope there are more novels to come from this author. E.Weber, Los Angeles, CA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Leo on September 17, 2014
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Worthy of the mafia are the plots, lies and cruelty lurking in the halls and offices of academia as revealed in this thriller by Kathleen Kelley Reardon. When Meghan, a young female professor seeking tenure is found hanging in her office, the police quickly dismiss it as a suicide attempt by an overstressed young woman who can't compete in the rigorous arena of the male-dominated business school of a prestigious California private university. Shamus, Meghan's estranged brother and next of kin, is notified and he rushes to her bedside, only to discover that he has just become an uncle. Yes, a premature infant was delivered from his comatose sister. Totally baffled, Shamus resolves to discover what really happened to her. His search leads to far more hidden intrigues and machinations than he ever wanted to know about. This "who-done-it" by Reardon keeps readers in suspense until the final shoot-out. A book you can't put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on September 25, 2013
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I was intrigued by the title of this book. I wanted to see how the author framed the lives of "academics" in some kind of a thriller story. I wasn't disappointed. I loved meeting all the different professors -- some who were pompous, arrogant, and difficult and others who were simply working hard and trying to do their best to succeed and eventually gain tenure. I think I know all of those people in my own job at the university!!! Seriously, the author was able to make all of these folks come alive -- I'm pretty sure I know these people from somewhere!!! At the same time, I enjoyed the main character (not an academic at all), Shamus, who provides us with some perspective on what is going on, what is happening to his sister, and why and how all this matters. All the pieces of the puzzle come together in the end. A really good read. You will not be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KT on August 18, 2013
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As a university academic it was fun to read a mystery situated in my day-to-day world. Murder doesn't happen often in academe, but Reardon's book well captures university life, including the fear of displeasing senior others. The main character, Shamus, a New England house builder comes out to California when his business-school, assistant-professor sister ostensibly attempts suicide. Shamus investigates, working to find out if his sister's suicide attempt was actually a murder attempt. As Shamus is doing so he is also working out complexities in his relationship with his sister and their deceased parents. Shadow Campus is a great read. I am hoping that this is but the first of a new mystery series featuring Shamus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marketing Professor in Connecticut on October 24, 2013
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I am a tenured associate professor in a business school, and I can tell Reardon is an insider in that world too. The details and politics of the fictitious business school were spot on. Entertaining, light, and fun, this book is what I hoped it would be. The only troublesome parts were an early reference to Seamus as an architect, when he is a construction project manager; crediting Frank Lloyd Wright with designing Wayfarers Chapel, when it was designed by his son, Lloyd; and a handful of annoying typos. Otherwise, a good read.
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