Death Comes for the Deconstructionist by Daniel Taylor is the story of Jon Mote—grad school dropout and serial failure—who has been hired to investigate the murder of his erstwhile mentor, Richard Pratt, a star in the firmament of literary theory. Feeling unequal to the task, Mote skitters on the edge of madness, trying to stifle the increasingly threatening voices in his head. His only source of hope is the dogged love of his developmentally disabled sister, Judy, who serves as cheerleader, critic, and moral compass.
Mote and his sister wander the streets and neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota—from crime scenes to the halls of academe. Mote’s investigation uncovers a series of suspects—including the victim’s wife, mistress, and intellectual rivals. Along the way he stumbles onto the victim’s terrible secret, one that prompts the discovery of an equally dark mystery from his own past. These revelations hasten Mote’s descent into darkness, putting both him and Judy at grave risk. Death Comes for the Deconstructionist is a tragi-comic mystery, a detective story that is at once suspenseful, provocative, and emotionally resonant. It asks not only “whodunit” but whether truth is ultimately something we create rather than discover.
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About the Author
Daniel Taylor is the author of eleven books, including The Myth of Certainty, Letters to My Children, Tell Me a Story, Creating a Spiritual Legacy, and, most recently, The Skeptical Believer: Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist. He speaks frequently on a variety of topics. Dr. Taylor is married and the father of four adult children. You can read more about Daniel Taylor over at his website.