Here’s another paperback of a series I used to love quite madly. John Putnam Thatcher is the ‘heavyweight banker and amateur sleuth’ who stars in the series, written in 1991 by two women. one an economist and the other a lawyer, who started writing together in 1961.
Kirkus Reviews called Emma Lathen the ‘acknowledged master of murder among the MBAs’.
There is a lot of fun in lots, lots of cultural contrasts, as we swing from Japan to London to New York, and then north to Alaska – and back again. These two writers have an excellent eye for cultural and personal eccentricities.
It was very enjoyable and savory – until near the end. The ending is enormously sad, even heartbreaking. Folk caught up in the shimmery changes of the paradigm shift, and unable to see their way clearly. Not understanding their essential alone-ness.