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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. 
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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: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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An alleged suicide attempt, a fatherless baby, and a buried memory set the stage for this story of academic intrigue. Shadow Campus accurately exposes the truth about women educators in a man's world (yes, I know for a fact that this really goes on!) and how the stress and struggle for tenure is enough to send someone over the edge. With style and an ear for human dynamics, Katheen Reardon's first novel succeeds in drawing readers in immediately and not letting them go until the last page. Highly recommended!
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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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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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Shadow Campus by Kathleen Reardon
**** 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.
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