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Critical Praise

"A marvelous book with a dark Renaissance secret in its coded heart … Profoundly erudite … the ultimate puzzle book."--- The New York Times Book Review"Think Dan Brown by way of Donna Tartt and Umberto Eco ... There are murders, romances, dangers and detection, and by the end the heroes are in a race not only to solve the puzzle, but also to stay alive. Readers might be tempted to buy their own copy of the Hypnerotomachia and have a go at the puzzle."--- Publisher's Weekly"As much a blazing good yarn as it is an exceptional piece of scholarship. A smart, swift, multi-textured tale that both entertains and informs."--- San Francisco Chronicle"An astonishingly good debut ... Academic evil stalks the campus and no one is safe … Intricate, erudite, and intensely pleasurable."--- Kirkus