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Caldwell, Ian & Thomason, Dustin. THE RULE OF FOUR. New York City, NY: The Dial Press, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 372 pages. As New/As New.

The authors' breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary debuts of the year 2004. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's stimulating suspense novel features four roommates at Princeton, two of whom have links to a mysterious 15th-century manuscript, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. This rare text (it really does exist) contains embedded codes revealing the location of a buried Roman treasure. "Comparisons to 'The Da Vinci Code' are inevitable, but Caldwell and Thomason's book is the more cerebral and better-written of the two: Think Dan Brown by way of Donna Tartt and Umberto Eco. It's a complicated, intricate read, but that's the point and the pleasure. There are murders, romances, dangers, and detection. By the end, the heroes are in a race not only to solve the puzzle but also to stay alive" (Publishers Weekly). A dazzling debut. A "must-have" title for mystery and thriller genre collectors. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings. This is one of relatively few copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Two of the most talented living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1844130053. $60.00

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