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Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back-and mouth-as he explores a battle of college culture turned lethal in one of the “madly amusing mysteries of Virgil Flowers” (New York Times Book Review) of Sandford.

Two feuding groups squared off on the frontline of science and medicine at the local state college. Everybody takes their opinions to lengths that may seem ridiculous but can fairly disagree with highly educated sound thinking people and good intentions, right? 

A renowned and confrontational scholar then winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is called in to investigate… and as he investigates the latest political turmoil, he soon realizes that he is dealing with people who are fundamentally insane on this particular issue. A murderer is hiding among this band of wildly impassioned, diametrically opposed zealots, and it is up to Virgil to pick the assassin out of the pure maniacs.