- Publisher: Abacus
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 18mm | 181g
- Publication date: 5 January 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0349117233
- ISBN 13: 9780349117232
- Sales rank: 109,903
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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Guillermo Martinez was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, in 1962. Since 1985 he has lived in Buenos Aires, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematical Science. He has written several highly acclaimed novels and books of short stories. The Oxford Murders, which was awarded the prestigious Planeta prize, is the first of his works to be published in English..
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 'Well crafted and deeply entertaining.'