- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised edition edition (July 12, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691000980
- ISBN-13: 978-0691000985
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder at the Margin (A Henry Spearman Mystery) Revised edition Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Harvard economist Henry Spearman finds his Caribbean vacation interrupted by murder in this 1978 mystery novel.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Writing pseudonymously, [William Breit and Kenneth Elzinga] have created Henry Spearman, a Harvard economist (actually a "Chicago' economist affiliated with Harvard), who utilizes the economic way of thinking literally to figure out "whodunit.' If there is a more painless way to learn economic principles, scientists must have recently discovered how to implant them in ice cream.---John R. Haring, Jr., Wall Street Journal
This is a tight little mystery that should hold the interest of any student who enjoys detective stories. At the same time, it contains some basic economic lessons, presented in a way that the first-year student will have no difficulty understanding. . . . Its style is crisp and entertaining, and its cast of characters will delight any mystery lover. . . . What gives Murder at the Margin its sparkle are the shrewd observations about academic life and the authors' ability to transform statements of economic law into deft character analysis.---Sarah Gallagher and George Dawson, Journal of Economic Education
"At last a new kind of mastermind―a rational 'homoeconomics' and libertarian. If Henry Spearman had not existed, God would have had to invent him. Marshall Jevons did, to his readers' benefit."―Paul Samuelson
"I thought the economic argument extremely ingenious and the idea of using economic analysis as a way to solve the mystery most original."―Milton Friedman
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If you're looking for a quick read and really love economics, this may be worth a try. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.