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All Cry Chaos (Henri Poincare) (Henri Poincare Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Leonard Rosen
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Book Description

All Cry Chaos, a debut thriller by the immensely gifted Leonard Rosen, is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens.

The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster's Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high- stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

Together with his chain-smoking, bon vivant colleague Serge Laurent, Poincaré pursues a long list of suspects: the Peruvian leader of the Indigenous Liberation Front, Rapture-crazed militants, a hedge fund director, Fenster's elusive ex-fiancée, and a graduate student in mathematics. Poincaré begins to make progress in America, but there is a prodigious hatred trained on him—some unfinished business from a terrifying former genocide case—and he is called back to Europe to face the unfathomable. Stripped down and in despair, tested like Job, he realizes the two cases might be connected—and he might be the link.

This first installment in the Henri Poincaré series marries a sharp, smart mystery to deep religious themes that will keep both agnostics and believers turning pages until the shattering, revelatory end. Anyone who enjoys the work of John Le Carré, Scott Turow, Dan Brown, and Stieg Larsson will relish Rosen's story telling and his resourceful, haunted protagonist. Others will appreciate his dazzling prose. Still others, the way he bends the thriller form in unconventional ways toward a higher cause, in the vein of Henning Mankell in The Man From Beijing. In short, All Cry Chaos promises to become a critical success that garners a broad readership throughout the nation and across the globe.


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“A novel of mind and matter, All Cry Chaos is that most rare of books: a thriller in the truest and noblest sense. Rosen creates palpable tension and gut-wrenching drama without resorting to the cheap tricks of movement for movement’s sake or gratuitous violence. Henri Poincare is both archetypal and completely original, a cop for the ages. I could never have anticipated that philosophy, mathematics, war criminals, the world economy, chaos, and religion would add up to the finest thriller I would ever have the joy of reading”. —Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award winner and author of Innocent Monster “Only the very best of writers can weave a compelling story from a maze of complicated ideas, and with this deftly crafted novel, Len Rosen has proven himself to be one of them. Drawing not only on crime and the human condition, but on math, economics, and religion as well, All Cry Chaos is both a thinking man’s mystery and a thrilling ride. I look forward to more from its talented creator.” —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha (two years on The New York Times best seller list)

About the Author

LEONARD ROSEN is a bestselling and widely respected nonfiction author among educational publishers. He has written radio essays broadcast by NPR's Morning Edition, Only a Game, and All Things Considered, as well as op-eds published by the Boston Globe. He has taught writing at Bentley University and Harvard University. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1579622224
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049P1TXY
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184 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brainy read January 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Look, I'm 87 years old and my kids worry. They're the caring kind and keep checking me out, looking for signs that I'm "losing it." So when they asked me if I'd like to try reading a mystery, I accepted the challenge, even though I prefer the good old easy reading pros like John McPhee, AJ Leibling, E B White. They gave me "All Cry Chaos" and I started it off one evening. Sleep got to me at midnight. Next day I started early and finished it off. It's a brainy read and I had trouble with some of the technical stuff, like the fractals. But the writing is so good, the plot so ingenious, I had to race to the finish. If I hit 88 and Rosen writes another, I'll buy it.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this book, plain and simple. Reasons that I loved it: the plot catches your attention and drags you in, right off the bat. No waiting until 50 pages in to see what's going on. The detective is one of the most sympathetic and riveting characters I've encountered in a long while. He is completely believable, and when his heart broke, mine did too. The author weaves math, specifically fractals, into the mystery in a way that is both integral (no pun intended) and educational--but without making the reader actually DO any math. The supporting characters are all well-drawn as well; there are several of them that I would be happy to see featured in their own books. The ultimate solution to the mystery is both believable and surprising. Finally, the author uses the mystery to open up a discussion of questions of import: why are we here? Can good triumph? Can we make a difference?

This book made my life happier for the days that I was reading it. I will for sure look for more books in the series, and I'll give All Cry Chaos a 5/5*.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathematically, artistically and culturally absorbing August 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Born in 1852, Jules Henri Poincaré was a French mathematician and physicist, considered to be one of the founders of modern topology, and a significant contributor to Einstein's theory of relativity. More importantly for this novel, Poincaré worked on chaos theory and fractals, developing a deep understanding of how the whole can so precisely mirror the part.

The protagonist of Leonard Rosen's taut thriller, All Cry Chaos, is another Henri Poincaré, but this man, now nearing retirement, has devoted his life to criminal investigation rather than math. As Interpol's Poincaré studies the murder of a famous mathematician, he's frequently greeted with "Are you related...," and has to say yes, a simple relationship reflected in the parallels of mysterious photographs and exploded images, fractured families and ruined lives.

Tested like Job in Biblical pre-history, threatened with the end of his world and Revelation's rapture, Poincaré travels from Europe to America and back, finding in each tiny clue a reflection of greater truth. Nobody's quite who they seem; singularities pose choices, and choices determine futures yet unseen; and the branching veins of a broken hand still look like a mountain range viewed from above.

Tragic, resolute, refusing to yield under threat, or after disaster, Poincaré follows the trail to its conclusion while all he's loved seems to fail. A beautifully detailed novel, with satisfying breadth and depth, intricately woven patterns, and well-chosen illustrations from a range of books and journals, All Cry Chaos is mathematically, artistically, and even historically satisfying; a truly enjoyable first in what promises to be a fine series.

Disclosure: I was given an advanced reading copy of this book by the publisher, the Permanent Press, in exchange for an honest review.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You take from this book what you bring to this book... October 22, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"Sunlight bursting through clouds over that section of the Herengracht gave the famously flat city a towering, vertical dimension."

There is something about this book that defies description. It is a masterpiece of time, place, and character but it also manages to make comprehensible the mathematical geometry of fractals by demonstrating their existence in nearly everything we see around us. Maybe even to the point of their application to models of human behavior?

In this book, which could have been unbearably arcane, mathematics forms the subtle background in a beautifully crafted mystery. And what a delightful conceit to make our veteran Interpol agent, Henri Poincaré, the great-grandson of one of the greatest mathematicians of the 19th Century. Also named Henri Poincaré, this polymath of epic reputation introduced the modern principle of relativity upon which Einstein based his later work.

The book opens with Poincaré visiting Stipo Banovic, a war criminal from the former Yugoslavia who is accused of vast atrocities that included the murder of Muslim men and boys. Poincaré was instrumental in apprehending Banovic and has now come to see him one last time before moving on to other duties. The dynamic between these two men feeds one of the main story lines in "All Cry Chaos" and it is a painful, horrible journey.

The other main story line involves the murder in Amsterdam of James Fenster, a young Harvard mathematician whose work on fractals surfaces again and again to form the weave for the story. He was in Amsterdam to deliver a paper to the World Trade Organization when his room was surgically removed from the Ambassade Hotel by a bomb.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Butch
Good but not as good as first one.
Published 8 days ago by Butch
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not enjoy it.
For me this book was boring. The language style was slow. Finally near the end it all came together, and I wasn't even that surprised.
Published 11 days ago by Hannah Mae
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book . Thank you
Published 22 days ago by Linda Tilman
4.0 out of 5 stars Complicated plot line
This book is beautifully written but loaded with math and graphics that distracted me from the plot line. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Virginia Richter
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise ...
Much more than I expected from a bargain book; well written, good character development and an engaging story line. Most enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by bluegrass
3.0 out of 5 stars too long and too contrived
Good character development but plot just does't work. The mathematical theme is compelling and more could have been done with it.
Published 3 months ago by babtzia
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Person's Mystery
This one of the best mysteries I've read this year. It is intellectually stimulating, the plot is gripping - although convoluted at times because there is more than one story line... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Hestwood
3.0 out of 5 stars nah
Nothin drmatic. Good vacation reading but nothing more than that. It takes a while to get engaged. Good ending though.
Published 3 months ago by R. Santana
5.0 out of 5 stars I found a writer new to me
A really great read. Intriguing premise and lots of interesting plot twists. Poincare is a great detective. Hope he returns.
Published 4 months ago by RwH
3.0 out of 5 stars Poincaré lost human sense after crime agaisnt his family ant...
The maths of the book is five stars but the behaviour of Poincaré after the crime against his family is non sense. Read more
Published 4 months ago by luiz groff
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More About the Author

Translated into ten languages, Leonard Rosen's All Cry Chaos (Permanent Press, 2011) won the Macavity Award from Mystery Readers International for the best debut; was selected ForeWord Magazine's best work of fiction by an independent American press, earned an Edgar nomination for best debut, and earned finalist recognition for the Chautauqua Literary Prize and the Anthony Award. Len has contributed radio commentaries to Boston's NPR station, written best-selling textbooks on writing, and taught writing at Harvard University. The prequel to All Cry Chaos, The Tenth Witness, will be published in September 2013. To contact Len and for links to interviews and reviews, see www.lenrosenonline.com

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