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- Book 1 of 2 in Henri Poincare Mystery (2 Book Series)
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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*.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dense, thrilling, erudite, circular, passionate-- all words to describe this marvelous beginning to the Poincare novels. What a great readPublished 14 months ago by J. Salter
I loved this book. The main character (Inspector Poincare) is fascinating and the story will have you laughing and crying throughout. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Val
Very well written with a well placed narrative and learned and appropriate quotes. It is not at the Le Carre level, but I recommend it without hesitation.Published 16 months ago by Vibriant
This book was a page turner. The writing is eloquent. The story leads you in the right direction without being too obvious.Published 18 months ago by Christina Kelso
I could not put down this intriguing book. The intertwining of stories was perfect. I will read it again as it contained interesting details. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JazzyJane