Andrew Wrangles has a decision to make. His best friend Sothum, a philosophical and financial genius, has just died and left him a choice in his will: ten million dollars or a sealed envelope.
Andrew's wife Cheryl doesn't see this as much of a choice. She wants Andrew to take the money, and what little patience she has for his speculating about what could be worth more than ten million dollars is wearing thin very quickly.
But as Andrew digs deeper into the secret life that Sothum lived, he finds more questions than answers. Does the envelope contain the fate of a vanished mutual friend? The answer to a terrible cosmic riddle? The confession to a crime? Is Sothum just playing a final private joke? Or has Andrew become a pawn in a game--a game that Sothum died playing against a bigger opponent than Andrew can imagine?
The blurb for Speculation promised a mystery with a twist. I was intrigued. What I found was a amazing look into the mind of a brilliant and troubled academic, a premise that challenged your beliefs, and author who didn't speak down to you. Speculation lived up to it's promise.
One of Andrew Wrangles friends has disappeared and is feared dead. The other dies from an illness he didn't even know his friend had until it was too late. Andrew is left with a trip to a eccentric lawyer that holds either a multi million dollar inheritance, or an envelope that might hold the key to the mysterious life his friend led. And maybe even the clues to the disappearance of his other friend. What continues is a ride into the secret life of Sothum.
Speculation is in no means an easy beach read. The author challenges you and makes you take on the philosophical. The mystery unfolds slowly and masterfully through flashbacks and recollections into the main narrators life. We see that things are not always as they seem, and people hold secrets deep inside. Secrets that challenge us all. There is not much more I can say that won't give the book away. If you are looking for a challenge to read, Speculation will not disappoint. Here is a sneak peak at Chapter 1:
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About the author: Edmund Jorgensen was born in Chicago. He studied classical languages and has maintained a love for all things Greek and Roman. He fell in love with his wife in Mexico; they now reside, happily but considerably more chilly, in Watertown, Massachusetts. Edmund is currently hard at work on his second book, a set of interconnected short stories. Connect with Edmund on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.