When famous wildlife professor Drew Robbins is found dead on his desk with a Maasai spear lodged in his back, the list of possible murderers reaches every corner of the university. Was it his long-time research associate, jealous about the fame he hasn’t shared? The television producer Robbins had fired from his upcoing nature show? His secret lover from the budget office, the horticulture student who tends his garden, or his fiancee? The origins of the tale go back decades to the wilds of Tanzania where an old man drinks himself slowly to death in The Hyena Bar. Professor Elena Bertoni is tasked with taking over th dean man’s duties, only to discoverf that all is not right. Teamed up with university police chief Desdemona White, the two dig deep to find out the truth. Truth that only murder could reveal.
Famous ornithological artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes was largely unknown when he was commissioned to paint a large mural for the 1892 Columbian Exposition. After the exposition, the nine panels that made up the mural were lost for a century. Now they were being reassembled for a major exhibit in New York. The final panel, the Center Piece, that hung in the biological sciences library at Virginia Western University, was scheduled to be reunited with the others. That is, until it vanished again, stolen in a brazen heist that leaves university police chief Desdemona White with neither clues nor suspects. Enter New York art expert Remy Tremblay, who sets her on the right trail and upends her personal life. White’s colleague and friend, Professor elena Bertoni once again risks her life to secure essential evidence. Evidence not just of theft but also of massive fraud, greed, revenge–and murder.
Here’s something special for the entire Wolfpack family! Larry Nielsen, professor emeritus at NC State, offers 32 entertaining stories about all aspects of life at the university, everything from the marching band to the Free Expression Tunnel and the joy of having a twelve-foot python in class. Nielsen, who was a college dean and university’s lprovost as well as a distinguished undergraduate teaching professor, provides his unique insights–and humorous syyle–to tell about the people, place and events that have shaped NC State over the decades.