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The new president of Harvard University becomes a prime suspect in the death of Rosezella Maynette Fisher, the opinionated, African American Dean of Students at Harvard Law School, and it is up to economics professor and amateur sleuth Veronica Chase to solve the crime
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In her debut outing as a mystery novelist, Pamela Thomas-Graham introduces the world to a delightful and exciting amateur female detective, Nikki Chase. At 30, Nikki has already eschewed a career on Wall Street to become a professor of economics at Harvard, her alma mater. She is brilliant, beautiful, ambitious, and black--a characteristic Thomas-Graham makes clear from the get-go. "Being young and black at Harvard requires advanced survival skills," she writes. "Seven generations of us have found it exhilarating, perplexing, difficult, and dangerous. For Rosezella Maynette Fisher, it was murder."
When Rosezella, Harvard's most powerful black woman and Nikki's good friend, dies mysteriously on the eve of a new school year, Nikki finds herself compelled to track down all the clues leading to the killer. A cast of richly drawn and complex characters helps and hinders her quest. For advice, she turns occasionally to Raphael Griffin, a cop who has traded the bougainvillea of the British Virgin Islands for the ivy of Harvard Yard. For moral support, she turns to Maggie Daily, a teacher, landlady, and poet whose rich stories and rolling tones provide the book with texture, history, and charm. Like any other good woman detective, Nikki has a love life as perplexing as the mystery to be solved. Her long-lost ex-boyfriend, Dante Rosario, returns to town, bringing with him more sizzle and spark than Nikki is prepared to handle.
Though it's not as dark and creepy as Paullina Simons's 1996 campus-based mysteryThe Red Leaves, A Darker Shade of Crimson captures all the power, tradition, and atmosphere of the Ivy League campus. And while Thomas-Graham does explore the social and political issues surrounding race at Harvard, she manages to avoid the pitfalls of turning a well-crafted mystery into a polemic. --L.A. SmithAbout the Author:
Pamela Thomas-Graham is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, where she received a degree in economics magna cum laude and was awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay prize -- the highest annual honor bestowed by Radcliffe -- as the student "showing the greatest promise" in her graduating class. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, Thomas-Graham was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
At age thirty-two, she became one of the most influential women in American business when she was named the first black woman partner at McKinsey & Company, the world's largest management consulting firm. A leader of the firm's Media and Entertainment Practice, she advises Fortune 500 companies on a wide variety of strategic issues.
A Darker Shade of Crimson is Thomas-Graham's first novel. Her second Ivy League Mystery, Blue Blood, is set at Yale and will be published by Simon & Schuster in April 1999. Originally from Detroit, she divides her time between Manhattan and Westchester County with her husband, writer and attorney Lawrence Otis Graham, and their son.
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Book Description Pocket Books, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0671016709
Book Description Pocket Books, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110671016709