Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hot tax on tax action

How can you make international tax law interesting? It's a question academics have struggled with for time immemorial. Queen's university law professor Art Cockfield, however, has stumbled on the very simple answer: sex and violence.

As the university's website puts it:

His book Manager's Guide to International Tax contains a murder-mystery novella involving a corporate power struggle set in a Napa Valley winery. Student Edition of the Income Tax Act has a senior partner in an accounting office take her junior associate hostage and threatens to kill him unless he can answer questions about some shady business dealings.

Cockfield freely admits to using trashy topics to get students more interested and says he's an academic version of Jackie Collins, "without the fame or the wealth."

If international-tax-law-meets-hot-sexy-violence is your thing, you can get his novella by clicking here.

Incidentally, the fellow that does public relations for Queen's, Mike Onesi, is an old friend of mine from university days, and he's just released his first book. Four Word Film Reviews, based on the website of the same name, is now available in Canadian and U.S. bookstores (, of course). I haven't seen the book yet but if it's anything like the website, I'm sure it's a blast.


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