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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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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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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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