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Nemesis

Smith, Rosamond (Oates, Joyce Carol)

ISBN 10: 0525248811 / ISBN 13: 9780525248811
Published by Dutton, 1990
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by author on a bookplate on title page (signature only--as Joyce Carol Oates). Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 024651

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Title: Nemesis

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A series of unexplained deaths in an academic community could be the work of a killer looking for revenge when an eminent professor, accused of raping a male graduate student, escapes unpunished for his crime

From Publishers Weekly:

The pseudonymous Smith's third elegant and sensational thriller ( Lives of the Twins; Soul/Mate ) is set in an affluent Connecticut suburb whose cultural hub is its conservatory of music. Here pianist Maggie Blackburn--34, lonely, diffident, austerely beautiful in her coronet of silver-blond braids--performs and teaches, selflessly devoted to her students. After the fall term is launched at a bibulously festive faculty party with a guest list of eccentrics, the predatory Pulitzer-winning composer-in-residence, aging, gay "glamorous-thuggish" Rolfe Christensen, rapes graduate student Brendan Bauer, a stammering, naive ex-seminarian. Outraged Maggie befriends Brendan, who is accused of murdering Christensen via a pre-Christmas gift box of lethally laced chocolates. When the bondage/knifing murder of another gay colleague further implicates Brendan, Maggie turns sleuth. The plot fuses the lurid and literary to focus on such issues as sexual harassment, styles of masculinity, the menace of AIDS. The romantic angle is gratifying, as is the bounty of musical imagery. The gifted Rosamond Smith is Joyce Carol Oates.
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