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Shadow Campus Paperback – July 22, 2013
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**** Review by Bob B.
A Relevant, Interesting, and Intriguing Mystery
August 28, 2013
It's often said that we write about what we know best. And so, Kathleen Reardon has written a fast paced "keep the reader guessing" novel about a university campus. A highly respected professor at Southern Cal with New England roots, Reardon's first novel features (not surprisingly) a female professor (Meg Doherty) at a fictional southern California university who grew up in Connecticut. Meg's brother Shamus, also a major character in Shadow Campus still lives in Connecticut. The family is Irish, with Irish names, much like the Reardons.
As someone who spent over 40 years in higher education (first as a faculty member, and then as a non-academic administrator) I can identify with character Susan Harris' comment "Academics is far from bereft of politics." It is reminiscent of Woodrow Wilson's famous comment that he "learned all his politics while on the faculty at Princeton." Consequently, Shadow Campus portrays the real-life challenges, and the political nature of decision-making, faced by female professors as they seek to gain promotion, tenure, and respect. To a lesser extent, it also lays out the continuing and conflicting priorities between classroom teaching (emphasizing students) and research/publication.
Academia is fond of projecting itself as a bastion of liberal and diverse thought, free inquiry, and receptivity to different ideas. In reality, however, it can be far from that. One needs only to look at how campuses have increasingly become bastions of left-wing politics, with little tolerance for any student, faculty, or organization that does not embrace the prevailing leftist political, cultural, and social beliefs.Read more ›
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The person that wrote it works where I work, so I'm glad I finally had a chance to read it.Published 6 days ago by Diane Flores
It was a good read but full of "dichos" that did not connect to the specific action. I would recommend to someone who reads mighty fast.Published 3 months ago by Santino
I had to read this book for one of my doctoral classes. I have heard that the tenure situation in universities can be really cut throat but nothing like this book describes... Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Anthony
This is a wonderful mystery. I'm not usually a mystery book reader, but it was one of those books I hated to put down and loved picking up. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by buzz wilms
A wonderful , thrilling novel. Held my interest from page one. I was disappointed when I finished this book. I hope there are more novels from Kathleen Kelly Reardon. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
There is lots of high-stakes drama in this addictive novel, along with subtly drawn characters that feel very real. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Dorie Clark
Nice dialogue, accurate campus politics, good mystery, and engaging characters. I hope Reardon writes a series with these characters--I will definitely come back for morePublished on October 11, 2013 by K. C. King
The story line is intriguing with many twists and turns and a surprise at the end. An incredible choice of words delights and gives a wonderful sense of the people, places and... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Andrea Hopkins
What I really liked was the balance of realistic detail about academic life and the creative take-off from that detail. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by conventionally unconventional