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4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific piece of clockwork, January 21, 2011
This review is from: All Cry Chaos (Henri Poincare) (Henri Poincare Mystery Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Authors of good thrillers are a bit like designers of infernal machines - they have to assemble their parts very carefully and make sure the explosions go off with absolute precision. Apparently Leonard Rosen has some Swiss genes, because his "All Cry Chaos" is a terrific piece of clockwork, and a good deal more.

The book has a strong set of basics - a spectacular and ingenious precipitating event, a brooding hero with an interesting backstory, surprises and Macguffins to keep the reader alternately entertained and guessing, a dash or two of political and social commentary, and a cinematic conclusion, all knitted together by a cogent and agreeable prose style.

Plus, there's a subtext of mathematics (specifically the world of fractals) and a few intriguing illustrations to move things in unusual directions. It's smart as well as clever.

One of the book's best aspects is the character development of its central figure. Unlike many thriller heroes, Henri Poincaré isn't static; he has to deal with some very tough personal stuff as the plot progresses. In fact, he's something of a modern Job (with some of his torments of his own making).

The jacket promo ("if you like Le Carré, Turow, Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson . . ."), rings true enough, but I would also compare what Rosen has done to the work of Robert Wilson. Perhaps Rosen's violence isn't as graphic as Wilson's, but the coiled-spring tension is just as good. If you've got any of these authors on your reading list, make room for Rosen.

Here's hoping Rosen has enough success with "All Cry Chaos" to get a series of Poincaré novels going. This one is a great start and gives him plenty to build on.
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