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Craziness in the Ivory Tower

“Raphael makes the most of the academic setting of his immensely
enjoyable 10th mystery featuring Nick Hoffman….
Raphael‘s witty prose enhances a crafty plot.
Publishers Weekly
starred review (March 1, 2021)


In the tenth entry in the Nick Hoffman Mystery series, Lev Raphael’s satire of academic infighting, campus turmoil, and administrative malfeasance has never been sharper—or more timely. This latest series entry could almost be ripped from current headlines of an insidious web of police-state surveillance—as well as university admissions scandals. A satire on political correctness, among other topics, Department of Death forecasts the dire fate of English and other Humanities studies, which may surprise many readers. But somehow Raphael manages to keep us laughing as we read. In the spirit of David Lodge, Francine Prose, Richard Russo and Jane Smiley, Department of Death is Lev Raphael‘s most blistering satire yet of the current perversity of academic life.

Lev Raphael is the author of twenty-six books in genres from memoir to mystery.  His work has been translated into over a dozen languages and he’s also the author of hundreds of short stories, essays, and blogs.  He was born and raised in Manhattan but has lived more than half his life in Michigan and reviewed crime fiction at the Detroit Free Press for over a decade.


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Department of Death
A Nick Hoffman Mystery

Lev Raphael
ISBN 1-880284-619-1
256 pages, trade Paperback, $15.95

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