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The Oxford Murders

Guillermo Martinez

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

A compelling and sophisticated crime novel in the tradition of award-winning Jose Carlos Somoza. Using rules and axioms, there will always be some propositions that can't be proved either true or false... But can this apply to murder?

On a balmy 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.
Then follow more murders - an elderly man on a life-support machine is found dead with needle marks in this throat; the percussionist of an orchestra at a concert at Blenheim Palace dies before the audience's very eyes - seemingly unconnected except for notes appearing in the maths department, for the attention of Seldom. Why is he being targeted as the recipient of these coded messages? All he can conjecture is that it might relate to his latest book, an unexpected bestseller about serial killers and the parallels between investigations into their crimes and certain mathematical theorems.
It is left to Seldom and a postgraduate mathematics student to work out the key to the series of symbols before the killer strikes again.

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Praise for The Oxford Murders

  • 'An enthralling conflict between the heart and the mind'. - OBSERVER

  • Unusual blend of murder most foul and mathematics most pure ... a playful intellectual exercise - DAILY MAIL

  • An intellectual thriller that can be much enjoyed even by those whose grasp of mathematics is limited - THE TIMES

  • If you like your detective stories gore-free, with a strong crossword-solving element, this is for you - THE TIMES

  • 'The plot rattles along ... pausing occasionally to fill the reader in with a bit of necessary theoretical background'. - LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

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Guillermo Martinez

Guillermo Martinez was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, in 1962. He is a doctor of Mathematical Science and a writer. His novel The Oxford Murders was awarded the prestigious Planeta prize and was made into a film starring Elijah Wood.

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