The Mystery of the Invisible Hand: A Henry Spearman Mystery

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Henry Spearman, the balding economics professor with a knack for solving crimes, returns in The Mystery of the Invisible Hand—a clever whodunit of campus intrigue, stolen art, and murder. Having just won the Nobel Prize, Spearman accepts an invitation to lecture at Monte Vista University. He arrives in the wake of a puzzling art heist with plans to teach a course on art and economics—only to be faced with the alleged suicide of womanizing artist-in-residence Tristan Wheeler. When it becomes clear that Wheeler had serious enemies and a murderer is in their midst, Henry Spearman is on the case.

Was Wheeler killed by a jilted lover, a cuckolded husband, or a beleaguered assistant? Could there have been a connection between Wheeler's marketability and his death? From the Monte Vista campus in San Antonio to the halls of Sotheby's in New York, Spearman traces the connections between economics and the art world, finding his clues in monopolies and the Coase conjecture, auction theory, and the work of Adam Smith. What are the parallels between a firm’s capital and an art museum’s collection? What does the market say about art’s authenticity versus its availability? And what is the mysterious "death effect" that lies at the heart of the case? Spearman must rely on his savviest economic insights to clear up this artful mystery and pin down a killer.

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Marshall Jevons is the pen name of Kenneth G. Elzinga, professor of economics at the University of Virginia. Elzinga, along with William Breit of Trinity University (1933–2011), has written three other Henry Spearman mystery novels under the Jevons pseudonym: The Fatal Equilibrium, Murder at the Margin, and A Deadly Indifference.
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Princeton University Press
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Published on
Sep 7, 2014
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781400851959
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Language
English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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年輕有為的哈佛大學經濟系助教授丹尼斯.高森,獲得了系上提名,正要展開終身教職的審核,但是擺在他眼前的卻是死路一條──高高在上的教評會駁回了提名,而高森自殺身亡。


一個機會成本問題:

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還是效用問題?

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【媒體名家推薦】


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