Ivory Tower: a novel

· Atmosphere Press

About this ebook

Ivory Tower is a campus crime thriller about Margolis Santos, a charismatic film professor in her prime, who risks her career and life to uncover sexual corruption inside her university’s football program where rich boosters pay sorority girls to have sex with star recruits.

Embroiled in a sex scandal of her own, Margolis’s life goes into a tailspin. She unthinkingly sleeps with a student from another school, and when the parents find out, they threaten to sue her University. To protect its reputation, the conniving university president, Art ‘Lightning’ Lane, takes revenge on Margolis and has her fired.

At rock bottom, Margolis decides to make a documentary to expose the exploitation and violence at “The U.” The trouble is, her husband, Frank Sinoro, is the head football coach, while her daughter, Brie, loves the sorority. So Margolis has to make a choice: she has to find a way to protect her family, while also saving the women on campus and, eventually, her own soul.

Publisher's Weekly made Ivory Tower and Editor's Pick and said that it is "a smoothly written first novel…Jenkins has made an impressive start as a novelist.”

“A fast-paced thriller that tackles contemporary issues with confidence and insight. Jenkins gives voice to a wide variety of characters, demonstrating how complex real-world conflicts often are. This is a book you won't want to put down, won't want to end, and will be glad you read.” 

–William Bernhardt, author of The Last Chance Lawyer and the Ben Kinkaid series

"This is an engrossing, evenly paced drama about how a woman lost in her own world discovers a real sense of purpose in helping other women. Suspense fans with an interest in current events will thrill to this riveting, insightful deep dive into corruption at an elite university."


“Timely and fearless, Ivory Tower is a resonant meditation on power, family, and sexual predation that rings particularly poignant in today's social climate. Tackling many of today's most controversial and essential issues facing collegiate campuses and broader society, Ivory Tower pulls no punches, painting an at-times scathing picture of authority, corruption, and modern morality. A hard-hitting and insightful work of contemporary fiction.”

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About the author

Grant Matthew Jenkins holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of four books, including Poetic Obligation, and the father of four children.

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