Book Review: Speculation by Edmund Jorgensen

Speculation coverTitle: Speculation
Author: Edmund Jorgensen
Genre: Mystery

What would you do if you were faced with the choice between ten million dollars and a sealed envelope with no idea of its contents? For Andrew Wrangles, that is the ten million-dollar riddle. And the answer is not as easy as you might think, especially if the envelope contains a clue to the disappearance of a good friend.

If there were such a sub-genre as philosophical mystery, Speculation would be the poster-child for it. That isn’t to say that it’s moralistic, preachy, or boring, though–far from it. It’s fascinating as a character study, and the mystery keeps you guessing until the end. It is both highly cerebral and very well written, so it would appeal most to people who prefer a higher caliber of prose.

The main character, Andy, is a philosophy professor, and his voice and recollections are understandably academic. But the author weaves these references in deftly with the story. You don’t need to have read Immanuel Kant to follow the thread of the narrative. But if you have read Kant, you especially will appreciate the degree of skill this author has.

In short, this book has “book club bestseller” written all over it. It’s easily accessible yet makes you really think. The characters are all well drawn and complicated. The mystery is engaging, leaving enough questions, twists, and reveals along the way to keep the reader engaged. But mostly it’s a character study of a man with a choice that brings all his loyalties into question.

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About the author: Edmund Jorgensen was born in Chicago. He studied classical languages and has maintained a love for all things Greek and Roman. He fell in love with his wife in Mexico; they now reside, happily but considerably more chilly, in Watertown, Massachusetts. Edmund is currently hard at work on his second book, a set of interconnected short stories. Connect with Edmund on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.

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About Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, her two neurotic dogs, and her precious prince--er, cat.
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