Books: High Mark

I BEEN THERE BEFORE

David Carkeet's first novel, Double Negative, was a murder mystery in which the only witness to a crime was a toddler who had not yet mastered standard speech. The story's amateur detective was a philologist who unmasked the criminal when he cracked the child's babbled code. Carkeet's next novel, The Greatest Slump of All Time, told of a major league baseball team whose polyglot members one by one lapsed into clinical depression. Although they kept winning, they doubted the value of victory when it failed to make them happy, and found themselves facing mid-life moral crises while still in the first...

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