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Marshall Jevons is a fictitious crime writer invented and used by William Breit and Kenneth G. Elzinga, professors of economics at Trinity University, San Antonio and the University of Virginia, respectively.

It was Breit's notion to write a mystery novel in which an amateur detective uses economic theory to solve crimes. Elzinga was enthusiastic about his colleague's idea and not only encouraged him to proceed but also decided to take an active role in writing the book. Over the next twenty years, on top of their academic schedules, Breit and Elzinga co-authored three mystery books featuring Harvard economist-sleuth Henry Spearman. The first Henry Spearman Mystery, Murder at the Margin, came out in 1978, and was followed by The Fatal Equilibrium (1985) and A Deadly Indifference (1995).

When, in 1978, after a three-year collaboration, the two economists' first foray into crime fiction was eventually published by Thomas Horton and Daughters, there was no indication on the book cover as to the true identity of the authors. Rather, Elzinga had concocted a fanciful biography of Marshall Jevons which read:

Marshall Jevons is the President of UtilMax, Inc., an international consulting firm headquartered in New York City. A former Rhodes Scholar, he holds advanced degrees in economics, biochemistry, and oceanography. Mr. Jevons is an Olympic medal holder in kayaking whose hobbies now include rocketry and the futures market in cocoa beans. He is a native of Virginia but prefers to call 'home' the Queen Elizabeth 2. This is Marshall Jevons' first novel.


However, in subsequent editions of the book, Breit and Elzinga's authorship was recognized. Murder at the Margin has since been used as supplementary reading in many introductory courses in economics. In commercial terms the novel was a success, and MIT Press approached the authors to suggest they write another Henry Spearman Mystery which they would publish. Thus, in 1985, The Fatal Equilibrium became the first mystery novel to be published by a university press. One year later, a mass market paperback was issued, prompting Marshall Jevons to comment that “there are few pleasures more satisfying than seeing one's own paperback in a book rack at an airport newsstand”.

The name Marshall Jevons derives from the surnames of two 19th century English economists, Alfred Marshall and William Stanley Jevons.

A blog about economics called "The Bayesian Heresy" has also adopted the pseudonym.

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Total Books: 18
Murder at the Margin A Henry Spearman Mystery
A Deadly Indifference A Henry Spearman Mystery
The Mystery of the Invisible Hand A Henry Spearman Mystery
Asesinato en el margen / Murder in The Marge
2005 - Asesinato En El Margen / Murder in the Marge [El Libro De Bolsillo - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788420639574
ISBN-10: 8420639575
Genres: Business & Money, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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quilibre fatal
2002 - Quilibre Fatal (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782717843651
ISBN-10: 2717843655
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Meurtre  la marge
2002 - Meurtre La Marge (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782717843668
ISBN-10: 2717843663
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A Deadly Indifference  A Henry Spearman Mystery
1998 - A Deadly Indifference a Henry Spearman Mystery [Henry Spearman Mysteries] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691059693
ISBN-10: 0691059691
Genres: Business & Money, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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A Deadly Indifference A Henry Spearman Mystery
1995 - A Deadly Indifference a Henry Spearman Mystery (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780786702008
ISBN-10: 0786702001
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Murder at the Margin A Henry Spearman Mystery
1993 - Murder at the Margin a Henry Spearman Mystery (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691033914
ISBN-10: 0691033919
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Murder at the Margin
1993 - Murder at the Margin (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780691000985
ISBN-10: 0691000980
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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The Fatal Equilibrium
1986 - The Fatal Equilibrium [Henry Spearman, Bk 2] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345331588
ISBN-10: 0345331583
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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The Fatal Equilibrium
1985 - The Fatal Equilibrium (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780262100328
ISBN-10: 0262100320
Genres: Business & Money, Engineering & Transportation
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Murder at the Margin
1978 - Murder at the Margin (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780913878163
ISBN-10: 0913878162
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Murder at the margin
Murder at the Margin (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780913878156
ISBN-10: 0913878154
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Murder at the Margin
Murder at the Margin (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780913878422
ISBN-10: 0913878421
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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The Fatal Equilibrium [In Japanese Language] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
Asesinato En El Margen
Asesinato En El Margen [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788420607801
ISBN-10: 8420607800
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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