Dominance by Will Lavender
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THE PROCEDURE HAS BEGUN . . .

Fifteen years earlier. Jasper College is buzzing with the news that famed literature professor Richard Aldiss will be teaching a special night class called Unraveling a Literary Mystery—from a video feed in his prison cell. In 1982, Aldiss was convicted of the murders of two female grad students; the women were killed with axe blows and their bodies decorated with the novels of notoriously reclusive author Paul Fallows. Even the most obsessive Fallows scholars have never seen him. He is like a ghost. Aldiss entreats the students of his night class to solve the Fallows riddle once and for all. The author’s two published novels, The Coil and The Golden Silence, are considered maps to finding Fallows’s true identity. And the only way in is to master them through a game called the Procedure. You may not know when the game has begun, but when you receive an invitation to play, it is an invitation to join the elite ranks of Fallows scholars. Failure, in these circles, is a fate worse than death. Soon, members of the night class will be invited to play along . . .

Present day. Harvard professor Alex Shipley made her name as a member of Aldiss’s night class. She not only exposed the truth of Paul Fallows’s identity, but in the process uncovered information that acquitted Aldiss of the heinous 1982 crimes. But when one of her fellow night class alums is murdered— the body chopped up with an axe and surrounded by Fallows novels—can she use what she knows about Fallows and the Procedure to stop a killer before each of her former classmates is picked off, one by one?
 

About Will Lavender

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Will Lavender is the author of the novel Obedience, which was translated into fourteen languages and was a New York Times bestseller. He is at work on his third novel, The Descartes Circle.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The premise of the class, the police’s fawning reliance on a professor to solve their case, the mystery of exactly who Fallows might really be and the cast of weird characters come together in a story that often calls for the reader to suspend all rational thought.

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Fisk, the Jasper dean who specializes in goading Aldiss’s students, tells Alex: “He wants everyone who is watching — and the nine of you are not the only ones watching, you have to know that — to believe he is merely teaching a literature course.

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In 1994, as an undergrad at Vermont's Jasper College, Alex Shipley was part of a controversial night class, Unraveling a Literary Mystery, taught from prison by literature professor Richard Aldiss, who was serving a life sentence for murdering two female grad students 12 years before.

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Examiner

The nine students chosen were handpicked, and Aldiss taught the class from his prison cell, where he was imprisoned for the murder of two female grad students 12 years earlier.

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Mysterious Reviews

The game the characters are playing from the novels by Paul Fellows — and two of the principles of the game are that you don't know you're playing until after it has started and you don't know who else is playing — depends on attention to detail.

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Bookmarks Magazine

But when one of her fellow night class alums is murdered— the body chopped up with an axe and surrounded by Fallows novels—can she use what she knows about Fallows and the Procedure to stop a killer before each of her former classmates is picked off, one by one?

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Chamber Four

Dominance is one of those books, like a bad one-night stand, that fills you with shame every time you remember another detail.

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BG Daily News

The characters in Will Lavender’s suspense novel Dominance are former students from Jasper College where in 1994 they attended one of the most unusual classes ever convened: Unraveling a Literary Mystery, taught by a convicted murderer from prison via videoconference.

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