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Harcourt, 2004 - Fiction - 348 pages
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About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. His task is to search their library stacks for a precious medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons. Enlisting the help of passionate medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is determined to solve the mystery of the codex-to understand its significance to his wealthy clients, and to decipher the seeming parallels between the legend of the codex and an obsessive role-playing computer game that has absorbed him in the dark hours of the night.

The chilling resolution brings together the medieval and the modern aspects of the plot in a twist worthy of earning comparisons to novels by William Gibson and Dan Brown, not to mention those by A. S. Byatt and Umberto Eco. Lev Grossman's Codex is a thriller of the highest order.

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User Review  - Katie Igler - Goodreads

I liked it, but the ending was horrible. The story was good, and I like the way Grossman writes. This was definitely not up to par with The Magicians or The Magician King. When I sort of gave up on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle M - Goodreads

Written before his wildly acclaimed Magician series, I can tell this is an early attempt at a novel. While he can still spin a wicked tale, it's not as polished as later books. Edward is a high ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

LEV GROSSMAN is a writer and book critic for Time. He has written articles for the NewYork Times, Salon, Lingua Franca, EntertainmentWeekly, Time Out NewYork and the VillageVoice. He lives in Brooklyn.

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