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Benchmark (2014)
Catherine Aird
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This short story does little more than set up the scenario of the famous Prisoner's Dilemma from game theory. The detectives do discuss the connection between their situation and that theoretical example a bit at the end. They even use mathematical expressions like "non-zero-sum". This might be an interesting way to learn about this topic if you were not already familiar with it. Otherwise, I'm not sure there is much reason to read it.

Thanks to Johan Richter who wrote to let me know about Aird's use of mathematics in this story and also in One Under the Eight.

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Works Similar to Benchmark
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Gaming Instinct (Spieltrieb) by Juli Zeh
  2. Schaurige Mathematik by Alexander Mehlmann
  3. One Under the Eight by Catherine Aird
  4. The Fourth Quadrant by Dorothy Lumley
  5. L.A. Math: Romance, Crime and Mathematics in the City of Angels by James D. Stein
  6. Let's Consider Two Spherical Chickens by Tommaso Bolognesi
  7. The Locked House of Pythagoras [P. no Misshitsu] by Soji Shimada
  8. Los crímenes de Alicia [The Alice Murders / The Oxford Brotherhood] by Guillermo Martinez
  9. Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
  10. Trueman Bradley: Aspie Detective by Alexei Maxim Russell
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