Sunday, May 24, 2015
A Theory of Murder, by Dennis Palumbo
Mea culpa: It took me so long to get around to reading this book that I forgot how I received it. I should say it was a gift from the publisher.
Wish I'd thought of that.
It's Bern, Switzerland, 1904. Hector, a clerk in the patent office, is suspected of a series of grisly murders. Luckily a friend of his, also a patent clerk, is looking into the crimes. And Albert Einstein is a pretty bright guy...
You may know that 1905 was the "Annus Mirabilis" in which Einstein published four papers that turned Physics on its head. In this story we see him pondering on some of these points, providing some of the most amusing moments.
For example, he shows up at Hector's house in the middle of the night:
"My God, Albert, do you know the time?"
"More intimately than most, I promise you."
A very clever story.