There is tension at the university. The campus police are pressing for greater fire-power. The controversial new university president, a retired military intelligence officer who saw action in Iraq, needs to make a far-reaching decision. Faculty concerns about guns on campus must be weighed against student safety. The intern psychologist at the student health center has a new and potentially violent client she worries might be stalking her. Is he a threat? Could he be the next campus shooter? Lying darkly under the elegant landscaping of the university is an elaborate network of floodwater tunnels and drains. Designed to prevent risks, do they now represent danger? Like the tunnels, the questions in this thriller keep twisting and turning.
Ian Evans was born in England and grew up in South Africa. He is a professor emeritus of clinical psychology and has taught in universities in Hawai'i, New York, and New Zealand. His first novel, Forgive Me My Trespasses (Archway, 2015) was set in a fictional public university in upstate New York. In Menace, his third novel, he returns to that same milieu, a setting where he and his wife once lived in a ramshackle farmhouse on a hundred acres of disused dairy land. On retirement, they returned to the familiar haunts and much balmier days of Honolulu.
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