In this detective vel set in a small, intense seminar, eight students study what their professor regards as the central mystery of human nature: the uniqueness of the individual. One morning a woman student who has been fighting this idea and disrupting the seminar keels over, poisoned. The detective who takes charge is himself a writer who finds this tight little world of academic criticism and theory fascinating, baffling, yet somehow sympathetic. Together he and the professor explore the minds and writings of the people in the seminar in order to track the murderer, then ather body is found, pointing them in a different direction.
Norman N. Holland has written eleven books, widely known for their clarity, wit, and zest. He has also ventured into film criticism in print and on television, programmed instruction, computer databases, Internetting, and lecturing not only in such familiar places as London, Paris, Rome, or Berlin, but in Sapporo, Benares, and even Kathmandu.