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   Double Negative, by David Carkeet  
 
  Novel, first publication in 1980
 
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      Dedicated to the study of toddlers and their development of verbal skills, the Wabash Institute should be staffed by kinder, gentler scholars, but instead is home to a nest of sublimely cranky academics. When one of them is bludgeoned to death, Jeremy Cook – the Institute’s premier scholar and the book’s socially clueless hero – becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Cook resolves to solve the case, even if it means taking time off from his hobby of teaching imaginary words to the Institute’s tiny “subjects.” While gleefully skewering academia, Carkeet – himself a professor of linguistics – also provides a spectacularly ingenious puzzle.
    Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery of 1980.

     
     
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