Baker & Taylor
When an eminent Harvard paleontologist is murdered in his lab, Irene Allen abandons her nonviolent existence to help the prime suspect in the murder, a friend who once filed sexual harassment charges against the late professor
Blackwell North Amer
The Clerk of a Quaker Meetinghouse has many important duties, ranging from presiding over interminable business meetings and answering difficult mail to helping keep the budget in balance. For Elizabeth Elliot, a lifelong member of the Quaker Meeting in Cambridge, being Clerk also means solving a murder or two.
Elizabeth is an intelligent and compassionate widow whose life once revolved around simple religious work and such domestic tasks as baking bread. These days, however, she finds herself developing new and somewhat unusual talents - including surreptitiously eavesdropping in hallways, interrogating graduate students about poisonous gas, and rooting out a ruthless killer - as the mild-mannered Quaker feels increasingly called to the grim avocation of crime-solving.
First introduced to us by Irene Allen in Quaker Silence, the capable Clerk has already proven that no obstacle that stands in the way of truth is too daunting for her to overcome. Now that she is familiar with murder investigations, not even mighty Harvard University, the Meeting's powerful neighbor just up Brattle Street, can intimidate her.
When an eminent paleontologist is found murdered in his lab at Harvard, suspicion automatically falls on a young graduate student, the professor's only female advisee, who has, coincidentally, just filed sexual harassment charges against him. Not surprisingly, the university is eager to handle both the murder and the troublesome student quietly and quickly, the matter as an open-and-shut case. Only Elizabeth who befriended the accused just before the murder, is convinced of the young woman's innocence.
Combining wisdom and patience with uncanny perception, Elizabeth carefully threads her way through a web of clues and contradictions to arrive at several disturbing conclusions that prove greed and corruption can thrive anywhere, even in the world of pure scientific research. Lovers of intelligent mysteries will thrill to this singular heroine and her subtle but effective ways of triumphing over evil. With Quaker Witness, Irene Allen once again offers compelling testimony to the possibility of decency and integrity in today's complex world.
When an eminent Harvard paleontologist is murdered in his lab, Irene Allen abandons her nonviolent existence to help the prime suspect in the murder, a friend who once filed sexual harassment charges against the late professor.
New York : Villard Books, 1993
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