Crime and Punishment: A Mystery Tour

However similar mystery novels may appear to be, they embody both the distinct personality of the sleuth and, as well, the setting, cultural and otherwise. We will become acquainted with five quite different personalities and settings: Hazel Micallef in Canada, Erlendur in Iceland, Edward (“Ed”) Loy in Ireland, the team of Katya (she) and Nayir (he) in Saudi Arabia and, lastly, an expatriate New Yorker, Vincent Calvino, in Thailand. Five thrilling stories woven into the fabric of their respective surroundings, the outcome of each an invitation to meditate on whatever “universality” may be attributed to “justice.” The five novels in the order in which they will be read and discussed:

CANADA: The Taken, Inger Ash Wolfe
ICELAND: The Draining Lake, Arnaldur Indridason
IRELAND: The Price of Blood, Declan Hughes
SAUDI ARABIA: City of Veils, Zoe Ferraris
THAILAND: The Risk of Infidelity Index, Christopher G. Moore

Instructor: Andrew DeRocco

FIVE THURSDAYS: OCTOBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 7–8:30 P.M.


Andrew DeRocco
ANDREW DE ROCCO was dean of the faculty at Trinity College, president of Denison University, and Connecticut’s commissioner of higher education. Previously the Institute Professor of Molecular Physics at the University of Maryland, he earned graduate degrees from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. A long-standing interest in the mystery genre was sparked by a childhood encounter with the relentless logic of Sherlock Holmes.