Double Negative by David Carkeet
A Novel

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The Edgar Award nominated classic-"intelligent, unpredictable...and extraordinarily funny" (San Francisco Chronicle)

Dedicated to the study of toddlers and their development of verbal skills, the Wabash Institute should be staffed by kind, gentle scholars-instead, the center is home to a nest of supremely cranky academics. When one of them is bludgeoned to death, Jeremy Cook-the Institute's premier scholar and the novel's socially clueless hero-becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Cook resolves to solve the case, even if it means taking time off from his hobby of teaching imaginary words to the Institute's tiny "subjects."

While gleefully skewering academia, Carkeet-a professor of linguistics-also provides a spectacularly ingenious puzzle. "Mystery stories that have a really original solution to the crime are very rare," said the New York Times Book Review, "but Dr. Carkeet has found one."

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR




 

About David Carkeet

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DAVID CARKEET is the author of six novels. Among his honors are an Edgar nomination, a James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation, an O. Henry Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was born in Sonora, California and lives in Montpelier, Vermont with his wife and two daughters.
 
Published February 23, 2010 by Overlook. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Murder at the Wabash Institute, a center for the study of language acquisition in infants and toddlers—an offbeat milieu played chiefly for wry laughs as tetchy, vulnerable Jeremy Cook (the Institute's ""resident genius"") helps goofy, shrewd Lieut.

Sep 01 1980 | Read Full Review of Double Negative: A Novel

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Dr. Jeremy Cook becomes the prime suspect in a double murder at the linguistic development institute where he works in Double Negative , a debut novel PW called ``a first-rate thriller.'' Cook appears

Apr 29 1991 | Read Full Review of Double Negative: A Novel

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