The Rule of Four: A Novel

By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason

“One half The Da Vinci Code, one half The identify of the Rose and one half A Separate Peace . . . a sensible, speedy, multitextured story that either entertains and informs.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER
 
Princeton. sturdy Friday, 1999. at the eve of commencement, neighbors are a hairsbreadth from fixing the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance textual content that has baffled students for hundreds of years. well-known for its hypnotic energy over those that learn it, the five-hundred-year-old Hypnerotomachia may eventually demonstrate its secrets—to Tom Sullivan, whose father used to be captivated with the publication, and Paul Harris, whose destiny depends upon it.
 
because the cut-off date looms, examine has stalled—until a necessary clue is unearthed: a long-lost diary that could turn out to be the foremost to interpreting the traditional textual content. but if an established scholar of the ebook is murdered simply hours later, a chilling cycle of deaths and revelations begins—one that may strength Tom and Paul right into a fiery drama, spun from a booklet whose strength and that means have lengthy been misunderstood.
 
“Profoundly erudite . . . the final word puzzle-book.”—The long island instances e-book Review

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The place is he? ” “He’ll name. ” Gil takes a protracted breath, attempting to forget about the probabilities. “How long’s it been with Katie? ” “Next Wednesday makes 4 months for us. ” Gil shakes his head. He’s damaged up 3 times because Katie and that i met. “Do you ever wonder whether she’s the only? ” It’s the 1st time a person has requested that query. “Sometimes. I want we had extra time. I fear approximately subsequent yr. ” “You may still pay attention how she talks approximately you. It’s like you’ve identified one another because you have been young ones. ” “What do you suggest? ” “I chanced on her at Ivy as soon as, taping a basketball online game for you at the television upstairs. She acknowledged it was once since you and your dad used to visit the Michigan–Ohio nation video game jointly. ” I hadn’t even requested her to do it. until eventually we met, she’d by no means basketball. “You’re lucky,” he says. I nod my contract. We speak a bit extra approximately Katie, then Gil slowly returns to Audrey. His expression lightens, yet ultimately i will see the outdated recommendations go back. Paul. Anna. The ball. earlier than lengthy he reaches for the bottle. I’m almost about to signify that he’s had sufficient to drink, whilst a dragging sound comes from the hallway. the surface door opens, and Charlie stands within the sallow mild of the corridor. He seems undesirable. There are blood-colored stains at the cuffs of his outfits. “You ok? ” Gil asks, status up. “We’ve received to talk,” Charlie says, with an side to his voice. Gil mutes the tv. Charlie is going to the fridge and pulls out a bottle of water. He beverages 1/2 it, then pours a few over his palms to rainy his face. His concentration is unsteady. ultimately he sits down and says, “The guy who fell from Dickinson used to be invoice Stein. ” “Jesus,” Gil whispers. i think myself cross chilly. “I don’t comprehend. ” Charlie confirms it via the glance on his face. “He was once in his place of work within the background division. an individual got here in and shot him. ” “Who? ” “They don’t be aware of. ” “What do you suggest, they don’t be aware of? ” A beat of silence passes. Charlie specializes in me. “What used to be that pager message approximately? What did invoice Stein wish from Paul? ” “I instructed you. He desired to provide Paul a e-book he chanced on. I can’t think this, Charlie. ” “He didn’t say anything? the place he was once going? Who he used to be going to work out? ” I shake my head. Then, slowly, it returns to me, what I’d unsuitable for paranoia: the telephone calls invoice had gotten, the books another individual was once testing. A wave of worry descends on me as I inform them. “Shit,” Charlie grumbles. He reaches for the telephone. “What are you doing? ” Gil asks. “The police are going to need to speak to you,” Charlie tells me. “Where’s Paul? ” “Jesus. I don’t be aware of, yet we’ve bought to discover him. I maintain making an attempt Taft’s workplace on the Institute. There’s no solution. ” Charlie seems to be at us impatiently. “He’ll be fine,” Gil says, and that i can pay attention the wine conversing. “Calm down. ” “I wasn’t chatting with you,” Charlie snaps. “Maybe he’s at Taft’s house,” I recommend. “Or Taft’s workplace on campus. ” “The police officers will locate him after they desire to,” Gil says, face hardening. “We may still remain out of this. ” Charlie turns. “Two folks are already during this. ” Gil taunts. “Give me a holiday, Charlie.

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