Former Los Angeles detective Peter Decker is living and working as police chief in Greenbury, a small town in upstate New York. A local college student, Eli Wolf, is found dead in the forest, an apparent suicide – or is it?
Decker investigates with the help of visiting Harvard law school student Tyler McAdams, (who was introduced in Murder 101) and is staying with Peter & Rina, ostensibly to study for his final exams without distraction, but the distractions mount as the investigation continues.
Wolf was Mennonite and estranged from his father. He’d been in a bad car accident several years earlier resulting in some kind of brain damage that left him obsessed with math to the exclusion of a family or personal life. Wolf’s one social connection is another math student who has had a crush on Tyler since they were teenagers, but that doesn’t leave her out as suspect.
There was not enough Rina and way too much math theory here and it slowed the story down considerably. Math geeks will love it while fans of the series may be disappointed.
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10/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE THEORY OF DEATH by Faye Kellerman. William Morrow (October 27, 2015). ISBN 978-0062270214. 384p.