The Missing Piece by Antoine Bello
A Novel

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When an American billionaire and media mogul decides to revive the fortunes of the jigsaw puzzle, he sets up an International Speed Puzzle Circuit. In this new twist, players from around the world compete against the clock to solve puzzles, while millions watch on television or stadium screens. A puzzle craze sweeps the nation.
It soon becomes clear that a serial killer is targeting key players on the circuit. Each of the bodies is discovered missing a limb, with only a Polaroid of a corresponding limb from another body in its place. Suspecting that the killer is putting together a macabre puzzle of his own, the authorities rush to solve the case.
Given forty-eight "pieces" of evidence--including e-mail, newspaper articles, meeting minutes, media interviews, and letters--the reader is encouraged to find the solution to this bizarre and fascinating enigma. Intriguing, ingenious, and gripping throughout, The Missing Piece is part detective novel, part puzzle, and entirely entertaining.
 

About Antoine Bello

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Born in Boston to French parents, Antoine Bello lives in Paris, where he runs an Internet company. The Missing Piece, which was first runner-up for France's prestigious Prix Novembre, is his first novel.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Serpent's Tail. 247 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While the Puzzology Society discusses subjects like the relation between puzzles and mystery novels, the significance of “the missing piece” (“The final piece is, by definition, the one that precedes the missing piece”), and mounts “equilibrium” experiments (one worker forms bricks into a wall wh...

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The Missing Piece Antoine Bello, trans Helen Stevenson 241pp, Serpent's Tail, £8.99 Since the crime mystery is a puzzle in literary form, it is surely tempting to a certain sort of writer to compose a mystery story that is a meta-puzzle - a puzzle about puzzles.

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Debut novelist Bello's intricate murder mystery satirically imagines an alternate 1990s world in which spectators tired of chess and Scrabble tournaments have made jigsaw puzzle competitions the latest craze of the nerdy set.

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