Who has more power than the president of the U.S? Who can make gifts as tax deductions, then demand their gifts back? Who set up a state financed prostitution ring?
Only Charm Hope, amateur sleuth, health spa technician and college student, knows. Charm's sass makes everyone around her crazy, but her smarts and intuition become indispensable to the Suffolk County Police when part of a body washes up on Long Island.
A hilarious send-up of university bureaucracy and politics, this literary suspense novel, set on a fictional campus, follows Charm as she untangles clues to the mysterious disappearance of its unpopular president.
"Men and women must have their adrenals stimulated from time to time. That's why we've made the VPS treatments compulsory. Violent Passion Surrogate. Regularly one a month. It's the complete physiological equivalent of fear and rage. All the tonic effects of murdering Desdemona and being murdered by Othello, without any of the inconveniences."
"Sympathetic magic plays a large part in most systems of superstition. If one wished to kill a person, an image of him is made and then destroyed; and it is believed that through a certain physical sympathy between the person and his image, the man feels the injuries done as if they were done to his own body, and that when it is destroyed he must simultaneously perish."
"I worry that humanity has been 'advanced' to the present level of incompetency because evolution works on the Peter Principle."