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Release date Sept. 1, 2011, available on Kindle, Nook and Apple e-readers as of December 2010
"Rosen has a fine detective in Poincaré, whose supple mind can wrap itself around the more abstract implications of Fenster’s theories, including the notion that proof of a grand architectural design underneath all the world’s chaos might argue for the existence of a grand architect. " - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Math wizards will delight in trying to unlock the intricacies of Fenster’s findings, but even math phobes who equate high school geometry with stomach spasms will enjoy this first-time novelist’s richly descriptive thriller. Here’s hoping Poincare dodges retirement and adds more adventures to his caseload."--The Washington Post
"This startling novel opens on an aging Interpol agent taking his heart medicine and thinking of retirement. But Henri Poincare can’t resist one more case. A mathematician is killed in a puzzling explosion in an Amsterdam hotel. On the verge of proving an elaborate version of string theory demonstrating that everything is connected, the victim was beginning to attract unsavory types convinced the new theory could be used to predict market highs and lows. So far, so great. This is a thoughtful, beautifully written puzzle, and its unraveling is handled very skillfully." --Booklist
"Readers, especially the mathematically inclined, will relish this intellectually provocative whodunit." --Publishers Weekly
"Calling all fans of fractals, international-criminal conspiracies and the End of Days: Your ship has come in." --Kirkus Reviews
"Weaving fractals and chaos theory into an international mystery that also confronts great moral and theological questions, Rosen crafts a literate, complex tale in this first of a series; a prequel will be next. Highly recommended and noteworthy for a scarcity of vulgar language." --Library Journal
“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
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. Leonard Rosen
is a best-selling and widely respected non-fiction author among educational publishers (including Pearson, Allyn & Bacon, Little Brown, and Nelson Doubleday). 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, MA.