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"
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
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.
Profoundly erudite . . . the ultimate puzzle-book. "The New York Times Book Review.
About the Author
Ian Caldwell is the coauthor of "The Rule of Four", which spent forty-nine weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, sold nearly 2 million copies in North America, and was translated into thirty-five languages. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.
Ian Caldwell was Phi Beta Kappa in history at Princeton University. He lives in Newport News, Virginia. Dustin Thomason won the Hoopes Prize at Harvard University. He lives in New York City. They began writing "The Rule of Four" after graduating in 1998. The two have been best friends since they were eight years old.
“Profoundly erudite . . . the ultimate puzzle-book.”—The New York Times Book Review
“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
“Ingenious . . . The real treat here is the process of discovery.”—The New York Times
“Compulsively readable.”—People (4 stars)
“If F. Scott Fitzgerald, Umberto Eco, and Dan Brown teamed up to write a novel, the result would be The Rule of Four.”—Nelson DeMille