Death of a Writer After E. Robert Pendleton, a tenured prof at a small Midwestern college, attempts suicide, his long-forgotten masterpiece becomes a cause célèbre thanks to an adoring… Death of a Writer After E. Robert Pendleton, a tenured prof at a small Midwestern college, attempts suicide, his long-forgotten masterpiece becomes a cause célèbre thanks to an adoring… 2006-09-05 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Bloomsbury
Book Review

Death of a Writer (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 05, 2006; Writer: Michael Collins; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Bloomsbury

After E. Robert Pendleton, a tenured prof at a small Midwestern college, attempts suicide, his long-forgotten masterpiece becomes a cause célèbre thanks to an adoring grad student and a former literary rival-turned-best-selling schlockmeister. But since the book's plot bears an uncanny resemblance to an unsolved murder, the incapacitated Pendleton has become both a celebrity and a suspect. Michael Collins populates Death of a Writer with complex, haunted characters who dwell on their derailed lives and missed chances, weaving a darkly comic tale that skewers the insular, self-important worlds of both academia and publishing.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints