Pepper Keane
Created by Mark Cohen

An interesting new P.I. does the math.

In The Fractal Murders (2004), we're introduced to rugged former Marine lawyer and Federal prosecutor-turned-Colorado private eye PEPPER KEANE.

When three mathematicians, who all specialize in in fractal geometry, are murdered, Pepper is hired by University of Colorado mathematics professor Jane Smyers hires Keane to investigate whether there's some connection between the seemingly unrelated killings, after an FBI investigation turned up nothing.

Pepper's a definite character, who lives just outside of Boulder with two animal rescue dogs, a massive collection of old-time rock 'n' roll and country music lyrics rolling around in his brain and a partiality to philosophy and Diet Coke. But how could some brain-melting mathematical theory result in murder?

Surprisingly readable, the book offers a thumbnail course in fractal theory, a realistic look at how private investigators work and a fresh new character whose traits seem an integral and genuine part of the man, not merely some cut-and-paste quirks stuck on to cut him off from the rest of the horde. But by the next year's sequel, Bluetick Revenge, the whole math angle has been pushed aside, although Publisher's Weekly still found much to like about it, tagging it a "solid follow-up" and praising the "appealing new facets" of Pepper that come to light.

Colorado native Mark Cohen graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, then attended law school at the University of Colorado. He has practiced law in Nebraska, served as an Air Force Judge Advocate, and now resides in Boulder, Colorado, where he serves as a municipal judge and writes.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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