REVIEW FROM AMAZON.COM:
At last a new kind of mastermind--a rational 'homoeconomics' and libertarian. If Henry Spearman had not existed, God would have had to invent him. Marshall Jevons did, to his readers' benefit.
I thought the economic argument extremely ingenious and the idea of using economic analysis as a way to solve the mystery most original.
The premise that an economist is capable of solving a murder mystery by using economic analysis appears at first glance to be absurd.
However, this story is one where that concept is made thoroughly believable. The hero, analyzes all aspects of behavior in terms of maximum return on expenditure. And when people appear to be violating that principle, he is led down a dangerous path that allows him to find the killer.
Written by two economists, this book can also be used as a supplemental text in introductory economics. It is a refreshing way to study economics and mathematics without appearing to do so.
A real twist is in the end I realized there was a bigger picture I didn't suspect. Overall, its a great murder mystery that takes economics to a whole new level.
The fusion of economics and criminology is just impressive in this witty satiric tale although there are high traces of clique stereotypes from the era when the book was written (racial tensions) the book operates solely on economic reasoning. For those Sherlock Holmes out there looking for a good use of their time this book will be worth your opportunity cost. I managed to stay awake to read the whole book through.
If you want to enjoy economics fused with a Sherlock Holmes character, definitely check this book out. I highly recommend it especially for Microeconomics students.