The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell

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“One part The Da Vinci Code, one part The Name of the Rose and one part A Separate Peace . . . a smart, swift, multitextured tale that both entertains and informs.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
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Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two friends are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance text that has baffled scholars for centuries. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the five-hundred-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets—to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it.
 
As the deadline looms, research has stalled—until a vital clue is unearthed: a long-lost diary that may prove to be the key to deciphering the ancient text. But when a longtime student of the book is murdered just hours later, a chilling cycle of deaths and revelations begins—one that will force Tom and Paul into a fiery drama, spun from a book whose power and meaning have long been misunderstood.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Dustin Thomason's 12.21.
 
“Profoundly erudite . . . the ultimate puzzle-book.”—The New York Times Book Review

 

About Ian Caldwell

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IAN CALDWELL was Phi Beta Kappa in history at Princeton University. He lives in Newport News, Virginia. DUSTIN THOMASON is the author of the novel 12.21. He was the co-creator of the ABC television series The Evidence and an executive producer on Fox's Lie to Me. He received his M.D. from Columbia University. They began writing The Rule of Four after graduating in 1998. The two have been best friends since they were eight years old.



Author Residence: Newport News,VA/Los Angeles,CA.


Author Hometown: D.C. area
 
Published May 11, 2004 by The Dial Press. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Tom emerges from the intellectual hothouse just in time to save his degree and his love life, but Paul charges ahead until he, Tom, and the other two plucky roommates find themselves, without ever leaving Princeton, in extraordinary peril.

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Caldwell and Thomason's intriguing intellectual suspense novel stars four brainy roommates at Princeton, two of whom have links to a mysterious 15th-century manuscript, the <EMPHASIS TYPE=ITAL

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Caldwell and Thomason's intriguing intellectual suspense novel stars four brainy roommates at Princeton, two of whom have links to a mysterious 15th-century manuscript, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili .

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BC Books

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The Rule of Four is less about a centuries-old mystery surrounding a Renaissance book than it is about Princeton and four guys who became friends there.

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Examiner

Despite the couple of poor reader reviews Ian Caldwell and Dustin's Thomason's academic thriller 'The Rule of Four' has been getting on its Amazon page lately, I happen to agree with the critics on this one: 'The Rule of Four' succeeds where others (like Danny Tobey's 'The Faculty Club', reviewed...

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What they once believed was a book about eroticism, love and religious faith evolves into a book full of carefully constructed mathematical codes.

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Book Reporter

For the last year or so THE DA VINCI CODE has been the big buzz book in the book biz, and for good reason: it was a riveting thriller, chock full of interesting historical and biblical facts (and fiction) that left the reader with unanswerable, unshakable questions regarding Christianity and art ...

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USA Today

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason might just fit their need.Fans of The Da Vinci Code will quickly discover some key similarities between the two books, including a complicated code that needs to be unraveled and murder that takes place to prevent discovery of the code's meanin...

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In the novel, four Princeton University seniors, one of whom is studying the manuscript for his thesis, take a crack at the mystery—which might reveal the whereabouts of a buried treasure—while trying to duck the spell of violence surrounding it.

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Early in his freshman year at Princeton, Tom met Paul Harris, who knew of Tom's father and wanted to make the Hypnerotomachia Poliphii the center of his studies.

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This is a suspense novel about a Princeton student, Tom Sullivan, who is coming of age with his three college friends. As they all complete their senior thesis, ...

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Curtis Brown

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.

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