Published: 01/04/2013
ISBN: 9781780884035
eISBN: 9781780887005
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Badger, Boomer and Bathroom Bob
by John Wilson

“Well, dean,” he said, “it looks like you’re running a crime factory here. What the hell is going on?”

The befuddled and beleaguered dean of a small, struggling law school is confronted by the apparent embezzlement of financial aid funds, the murder of two students under bizarre circumstances, the rape of a young secretary, declining applications for admission (no surprise, under the circumstances) and an unhappy, mutinous faculty. Predictably, his job is in jeopardy.

The institution where he works – improbably named Crabshaw School of the Law and located in a renovated brassiere factory – is populated by a quirky, engaging group of professorial misfits with student-conferred nicknames like Boomer, Junker, Mattress Head and Bathroom Bob. The dean must deal with them and also with Allison Fetherheft, a forbidding, immensely obese female Provost, who the students usually refer to as Dean Dreadnaught. The crimes and problems are interrelated, but the clues to their resolution point in different directions – if they point anywhere at all. Twisting and turning, punctuated by bouts of unexpected humor and farce, the story rollicks along to its final resolution.

Badger, Boomer and Bathroom Bob is a pacy murder mystery, shot through with satire and humour, that leads to an unanticipated and startling conclusion. Author John Wilson reads widely in a number of genres. This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoyed watching Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther, as well as fans of crime and suspense fiction.

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It's literate and entertaining, and I'm impressed on all scores. In particular you have a gift for Dickensian names (Prigley, Fetherheft, Heidelschmidt), and the set pieces are great: the chaos of graduation, and above all the deterioration of the faculty meeting from impeachment to pencils. When comes the next one? Do let me know.

by Hamilton Robinson


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