The Mystery of the Invisible Hand: A Henry Spearman Mystery

The Mystery of the Invisible Hand: A Henry Spearman Mystery

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Fictional sleuth Henry Spearman returns to solve a murder mystery involving art and economics

Henry Spearman, the balding economics professor with a knack for solving crimes, returns in The Mystery of the Invisible Hand--a clever whodunit of campus intrigue, stolen art, and murder. Having just won the Nobel Prize, Spearman accepts an invitation to lecture at Monte Vista University. He arrives in the wake of a puzzling art heist with plans to teach a course on art and economics--only to be faced with the alleged suicide of womanizing artist-in-residence Tristan Wheeler. When it becomes clear that Wheeler had serious enemies and a murderer is in their midst, Henry Spearman is on the case.

Was Wheeler killed by a jilted lover, a cuckolded husband, or a beleaguered assistant? Could there have been a connection between Wheeler's marketability and his death? From the Monte Vista campus in San Antonio to the halls of Sotheby's in New York, Spearman traces the connections between economics and the art world, finding his clues in monopolies and the Coase conjecture, auction theory, and the work of Adam Smith. What are the parallels between a firm's capital and an art museum's collection? What does the market say about art's authenticity versus its availability? And what is the mysterious death effect that lies at the heart of the case? Spearman must rely on his savviest economic insights to clear up this artful mystery and pin down a killer.

Author: Marshall Jevons
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 09/07/2014
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.07lbs
Size: 8.53h x 5.79w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780691163130

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/21/2014
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2014
Booklist 10/01/2014 pg. 39
Choice 02/01/2015 pg. 1027

About the Author
Marshall Jevons is the pen name of Kenneth G. Elzinga, professor of economics at the University of Virginia. Elzinga, along with William Breit of Trinity University (1933â "2011), has written three other Henry Spearman mystery novels under the Jevons pseudonym: The Fatal Equilibrium, Murder at the Margin, and A Deadly Indifference.