The Headmaster's Wife by Jane Haddam
A Gregor Demarkian Novel (Gregor Demarkian Mysteries)

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Mark DeAvecca is a brilliant fifteen-year-old in his first year at the exclusive private academy, Windsor School. Mark, the son of noted commentator Liz Tolliver, grew up in very different circumstances and could not fit in less well. With its hundred-year-old history, Windsor is rife with tradition, nasty rumors, petty jealousies and long buried resentments. The most savage of those unpleasant undercurrents swirl around the headmaster's wife - currently rumored, with good reason, to be having an affair with Mark's roommate, a street-tough scholarship student. Mark, however, has his own problems - he feels himself slowly losing his grip on reality and the staff widely believes him to be just another prep school burnout headed for an unpleasant end. So when Mark returns from a late-winter ramble about the campus to find his roommate dead, hanging from the ceiling of their room, he's reached the end of his own metaphorical rope.

Even though he's no longer sure about the line between fantasy and reality, Mark is fairly certain that something is going on at the school and there's more to the death than the official declaration of suicide. With nowhere else to turn, Mark calls retired FBI agent Gregor Demarkian to ask for help. Sensing the crisis in Mark's dulled voice, Demarkian arrives to find Mark in dire physical and mental state, and a school only too eager to sweep his roommate's death under the rug. In what quickly becomes one of the most complex and challenging cases in his career, Demarkian must untangle truth from fiction, fantasy from reality, before another life is lost.


About Jane Haddam

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JANE HADDAM is the author of more than twenty novels, but is best known for her books featuring Gregor Demarkian. A finalist for both the Edgar and Anthony Awards, she lives with her family in Litchfield Country, Connecticut. Please visit
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 380 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Familiar character types on the faculty, including hardcore feminists, closet gays and liberal preppies, hide in their dormitory apartments while Mark's mother, CNN ""talking head"" Liz Toliver, leads an expos of Windsor's endemic corruption and hypocrisy.

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I flagged well before the resolution of the story although I stayed with the book because I wanted to know what happened to Mark and I started thinking about skipping some of the last chapters.

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Gregor is more concerned with his lover's revelation to his offhand comment about getting married and he uses the crimes as a way of escaping from Bennis's odd mood.

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