From the book jacket: 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......
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.
Comment: 'An astonishingly good debut.... Academic evil stalks the campus and no one is safe.... Intricate, erudite, and intensely pleasurable.' - Kirkus Reviews.
'An astonishingly good debut.... Academic evil stalks the campus and no one is safe.... Intricate, erudite, and intensely pleasurable.' - Kirkus Reviews.
This review is from the July 6, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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