Bogus U.

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Paul Michael Levitt, Nov 15, 2006 - Education - 302 pages
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When the classical scholar, Phineas Ort, Bogus U.'s first choice for president, disappears, the search committee, persuaded that its university, like most others, is a gangster operation, decides to recruit a hit man to keep the fractious faculty in line. Phineas has been abducted by the Robaccia gang, which is intent on installing its own candidate in the president's office to cash in on Bogus U.'s well-known corruption. Christy Mahon, a former member of the Robaccio gang, now on the lam for having crossed its boss, Brooklyn Benny, has landed a job at Bogus U. as a janitor. Listening through a heating vent, he overhears the search committee's deliberations and interviews for the job. How he wins it is deliciously funny. Other adventures include sexual hanky-panky among university officials, payoffs, academic fraud, and illegal deals between the U. and contractors. Is Christy up to all of these challenges?

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Paul M. Levitt was born in Newark, New Jersey, moved to LA in his teens, attended the University of Colorado for a BA in philosophy and an MA in history. His Ph.D. is in English from UCLA. As a kid he pitched horseshoes and played basketball and baseball. In high school he was something of a star basketball player, and attended CU on a basketball scholarship. Now he likes to play tennis and swim. He also likes to travel, especially to Italy. His radio plays for the BBC attracted a number of good reviews, and his novel, Dark Matters, was especially well reviewed by Alan Wald, Professor, University of Michigan. With Elissa S. Guralnick, Levitt co-authored Raven Finds the Daylight soon to be published by Barbed Wire Publishing. He is married, the father of three, and the grandfather of five. His wife sings in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The author of numerous books, plays, and articles, he is Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Levitt's favorite quote comes from the Talmud: "Who can protest and does not is an accomplice.

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