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Obedience: A Novel

Obedience: A Novel
Author: Will Lavender
ISBN 13: 9780307396389
ISBN 10: 30739638
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $15.00

When the students in Winchester University’s Logic and Reasoning 204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If after being given a series of clues and details the class has not found her before the end of the term in six weeks, she will be murdered.

At first the students are as intrigued by the premise of their puzzle as they are wary of the strange and slightly creepy Professor Williams. But as they delve deeper into the mystery, they begin to wonder: Is the Polly story simply a logic exercise, designed to teach them rational thinking skills, or could it be something more sinister and dangerous?

The mystery soon takes over the lives of three students as they find disturbing connections between Polly and themselves. Characters that were supposedly fictitious begin to emerge in reality. Soon, the boundary between the classroom...

The New York Times - Marilyn Stasio

Obedience, a first novel by Will Lavender, is so slithery it ends up eating its own tail—which is not a bad thing for an academic mystery posing a puzzle so tricky that even the main characters wonder if the whole thing is a hoax…Authentic puzzle mysteries are an endangered species in these hectic times, so it's a genuine, if slightly perverse, kick to follow every byzantine clue in this bizarre game…If you solve this one without peeking at the last chapter, it's an automatic A.