The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
(Seventh Street Books, 2014, 331 pages)
Last year sociology professor Amelia Emmet was shot outside her office by a student she didn’t know who then turned the gun on himself. She survived; he didn’t. Walking with a cane and harboring quite a bit of PTSD, Dr. Emmet is back on campus for a new semester. First-year graduate student Nathaniel Barber approaches her to become her teaching assistant, but also ends up a chauffeur, nurse, etc., to the delicate Dr. Emmet. “Nath” came to the university aware of Dr. Emmet’s tragic accident and becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind what happened to her. Along with reporter Rory McDaniel and Dr. Emmet herself, they start to put the pieces together about what happened that night. This debut novel by Lori Rader-Day is an engaging mystery that I would recommend, especially if the backdrop of an academic setting interests you.