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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
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Oct 11, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, history, mystery

This is one of the first books that came out in the wake of The Da Vinci Code, and it was often described as being similar to that novel, but written better. I've never read The Da Vinci Code so I can't make that comparison.

What I can say is that The Rule of Four is an astonishing piece of a work. It's part coming of age story, part murder mystery, part historical investigation. The two main characters are college roommates, as were the authors of the book. The structure can be challenging at times, given that there are flashbacks within flashbacks, but the narrative is ultimately rewarding. What grounds this book is at its core are relatable, realistic characters trying to work their way through the fantastic events that are occurring around them. And I'm a sucker for that kind of thing.

The book opens: "Like many of us, I think, my father spent the measure of his life piecing together a story he would never understand."

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