have these cravings for following clues, exercising curiosity, and making
inferences. Few, among other things, those good murder mysteries can cater.
Hence, this challenging, but brilliant workout.
We've heard of murder by numbers before,
but, perhaps, murder by mathematical
theorem is quite unique. It is said that pure Mathematics offers proof of
absolute truth. But what if the truth eludes any rational calculations; can it
be concluded as a perfect crime?
perfect crime, he wrote, wasn't one that remained unsolved, but one where the
wrong person was blamed.
mathematical geniuses, a veteran university professor, and a young
post-graduate from Argentina, was brought together to solve a series of murders
in the university town of Oxford. The murderer left symbols with a time stamp
for these geniuses to find. The challenge is to find the next symbol in the
series, before the killer strikes again.
this book, despite its digression, here and there, to prove a theory. The story
is less ostentatious that it sounds. The author’s prose is very much
straightforward, but delectable, nonetheless. Much is left for the readers to
speculate, including the protagonists’ motives and character. He drags the
readers through divergent possibilities, where logic and convenience is
stretched, bringing us closer to the truth, but never quite reaching it. We
have to keep guessing until the end.