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Double Negative

David Carkeet

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-300-2
Trim Size: 5 3/8" x 8"

March 2010

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The first of the three beloved New York Times Notable Books that feature linguist Jeremy Cook in various trying circumstances, David Carkeet’s Double Negative is a classic of the mystery genre. Nominated for an Edgar Award when first published in 1980, Double Negative has seen five issues by American publishers. Overlook is thrilled to keep this comic plot-twister in print with this new issue, lightly edited by the author.

Dedicated to the study of toddlers and their development of verbal skills, the Wabash Institute should be staffed by kind, gentle scholars—instead, the center is home to a nest of supremely cranky academics. When one of them is bludgeoned to death, Jeremy Cook— the Institute’s premier scholar and the novel'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. “Mystery stories that have a really original solution to the crime are very rare,” said the New York Times Book Review, “but Dr. Carkeet has found one.”

The “intelligent, unpredictable… and extraordinarily funny" classic by an Edgar Award nominated author – San Francisco Chronicle

“The dialogue is crisp and witty, and the plot as unusual and engaging as any from the Golden Age of the classic detective story.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Double Negative is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of work. It is a murder mystery told with a very personal kind of light-hearted charm.” —New York Times Book Review

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