Now that the years have passed and everything's been forgotten, and now that I've received a terse e-mail from Scotland with the sad news of Seldom's death , I feel I can break my silence (which he never asked for anyway) and tell the truth about the events that reached the British papers in the summer of '93 with macabre and sensationalist headlines, but to which Seldom and I always referred - perhaps due to the mathematical connotations - simply as the series, or the Oxford series.
The last shred of flesh had disappeared, and as far as the eye could see, the road stretching ahead of me was clean, clear, innocent once more.
An intellectual mystery in which mathematical symbols become clues in a sequence of murders.
On a summer's day in Oxford, a young Argentine mathematics student finds his landlady — an elderly woman who helped decipher the Enigma Code during World War II — murdered. Meanwhile, leading Oxford logician Arthur Seldom receives an anonymous note bearing a circle and the words, "the first of the series."
Murders begin to pile up — an old man on life-support is found dead with needle punctures in his throat, a percussionist at Blenheim Palace dies before the audience's very eyes — seemingly unconnected except for notes appearing in the math department, for the attention of Seldom.
Seldom guesses that the murders relate to his book about the parallels between investigations of serial killers and certain mathematical theorems. As he and the young student are drawn further into the game, it is up to mentor and student to solve the puzzle before the killer strikes again.
A series of crimes: are they related, and are they indeed all crimes? (ed.pendragon)
Two mathematicians must join forces to stop a serial killer in this spellbinding international bestseller
A paperback sensation in Argentina, Spain, and the United Kingdom, The Oxford Murders has been hailed as "a remarkable feat" (Time Out London) and its author as "one of Argentina's most distinctive voices" (The Times Literary Supplement). It begins on a summer day in Oxford, when a young Argentine graduate student finds his landlady-an elderly woman who helped crack the Enigma Code during World War II -murdered in cold blood. Meanwhile, a renowned Oxford logician receives an anonymous note bearing a circle and the words "the first of a series." As the murders begin to pile up and more symbols are revealed, it is up to this unlikely pair to decipher the pattern before the killer strikes again.
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On a summer's day in Oxford an old lady who once helped decipher the Enigma Code is killed. After receiving a cryptic anonymous note containing only the address and the symbol of a circle Arthur Seldom, a leading mathematician, arrives to find the body.… (more)