Thursday, July 20, 2006
A Student of Living Things by Susan Richards Shreve
Set in Washington, D.C., this novel opens with the murder of a college student, Steven Frayn. His sister, Claire, is standing nearby when he is gunned down on the steps of a university library. Claire then meets a mysteriously charming student named Victor Duarte, who claims to know who killed her brother and convinces her to assume an alias and begin a correspondence with the assumed killer. Part mystery, part love story, this novel also addresses some political and ethical subjects.