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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2, 2005 - Fiction - 368 pages
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About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organize a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes, a treasure kept locked away for many years and for many reasons. As friends draw Edward into a peculiar and addictive computer game, his obsession deepens as he discovers surprising parallels between the game's virtual reality and the mystery of the codex. An accomplished and entertaining thriller, Codex explores the mysterious power of books in the medieval and modern ages.

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Grossman's style of writing is very easy to read. - Goodreads
Good story, lousy ending. - Goodreads
Great plot idea, but the ending is so disappointing. - Goodreads
I really got caught up in the pace of the book. - Goodreads
I loved the premise behind this mystery. - Goodreads
Shoddy and sophomoric writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Caron Allan - Goodreads

Sadly this didn't quite live up to my expectations. Having been told it was in the ilk of The Name of The Rose and Dan Brownesque, I really expected so much more. I think it just needed editing. So ... Read full review

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User Review  - Helene - Goodreads

I had hoped for more. The characters were all pretty uninteresting, and generally stupid. The riddle of the codex was well presented, but I need to like at least some of the characters to truly enjoy a book. Read full review

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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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