THE RULE OF FOUR.

Caldwell, Ian and Dustin Thomason.

ISBN 10: 0385337116 / ISBN 13: 9780385337113
Published by New York: Dial Press, (2004,) dj, 2004
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. The authors' first book, a literate mystery and a coming-of-age story set at Princeton - like Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code', this involves a secret which has been protected by the deaths of many over the centuries. Nelson DeMille said 'if Scott Fitzgerald, Umberto Eco and Dan Brown teamed up to write a novel, the result would be 'The Rule of Four' - an extraordinary and brilliant accomplishment - a must-read.' Went quickly into later printings. 372 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 31577

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Title: THE RULE OF FOUR.

Publisher: New York: Dial Press, (2004,) dj

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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An ivy league murder, a mysterious coded manuscript, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide memorably in The Rule of Four—a brilliant work of fiction that weaves together suspense and scholarship, high art and unimaginable treachery.

It's Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair's breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili—a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family's past—and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled—until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia 's secrets.

Suddenly the stakes are raised, and as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginnning to see the manuscript in a new light—not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.

From the streets of fifteenth-century Rome to the rarified realm of the Ivy League, from a shocking 500 year-old murder scene to the drama of a young man's coming of age, The Rule of Four takes us on an entertaining, illuminating tour of history—as it builds to a pinnacle of nearly unbearable suspense.

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"Caldwell and Thomason have created a stunning first novel; a perfect blend of suspense and a sensitive coming of age story. If Scott Fitzgerald, Umberto Eco, and Dan Brown teamed up to write a novel, the result would be THE RULE OF FOUR. An extraordinary and brilliant accomplishment - a must read."

--Nelson DeMille

"This debut packs all the esoteric information of The Da Vinci Code ... with lovely writing reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Secret History.... A compulsively readable novel." --People, Critic's Choice/4 stars

"As much a blazingly good yarn as it is an exceptional piece of scholarship ... a smart, swift, multitextured tale that both entertains and informs."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Profoundly erudite ... the ultimate puzzle book."
--The New York Times Book Review

"[An] intriguing intellectual suspense novel."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"If you have a taste for puzzle-solving ... you'll be rewarded."
--San Jose Mercury News

"An impressive debut, a coming-of-age novel in the guise of a thriller, packed with history (real and invented) and intellectual excitement."
--Booklist

"Astonishingly good ... intricate, erudite, and intensely pleasurable." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Riveting, poignant, and intensely intimate, THE RULE OF FOUR is a thinking person's thriller of the highest order." --Bookpage

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