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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Rosen Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Henri Poincaré Mysteries Release Date:
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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 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 storytelling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel of mind and matter, All Cry Chaos is that most rare of books: a thriller in the truest and noblest sense. Rosen creates palpable tension and gut-wrenching drama without resorting to the cheap tricks of movement for movement’s sake or gratuitous violence. Henri Poincaré is both archetypal and completely original, a cop for the ages. I could never have anticipated that philosophy, mathematics, war criminals, the world economy, chaos, and religion would add up to the finest thriller I would ever have the joy of reading.”

    Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award winner

  • “My highest recommendation.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “Easily one of the best first novels of the past couple of years.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “[A] richly descriptive thriller. Here’s hoping Poincaré dodges retirement and adds more adventures to his caseload.”

    Washington Post

  • “Rosen has a fine detective in Poincaré.”

    New York Times

  • “Beautifully well written, with interesting and fully developed characters, high-octane tension, elegant mathematical constructs, and human hearts that are both noble and black as the night, All Cry Chaos is one of the best thrillers I have ever read.”

    Daily Herald (Provo, Utah)

  • “[An] ingenious debut novel.”

    National Public Radio

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of Memoirs of a Geisha

  • “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.”

    Washington Post

  • “Len Rosen’s All Cry Chaos accomplishes the hat trick of mystery writing. On the armature of a well written narrative, he positions the allure of constantly changing places and people both exotic and mundane, the deeply felt personal pain of the Interpol detective who is the main character, and a carefully exposed mystery which grows more appallingly vast and dark the closer the reader gets to it. I don’t think it would be too revealing to say that it is nothing less than the Secret of Everything. Add an apocalyptic cult with a countdown clock to keep the novel’s timing perfect, a sense of dry wit, and the sturdy core of a police procedural and you have one of the best mysteries I’ve read in a long while.”

    T. A. Roberts, two-time Edgar Award finalist and author of Drake’s Bay

  • All Cry Chaos is a rare gem of a book—an international thriller for smart readers. What The Da Vinci Code did for symbology, Chaos does for mathematical theory.”

    Daniel Klein, award-winning author

  • “Textbook author Rosen’s promising first novel deftly mixes mathematical puzzles, international intrigue, social upheaval, and religious zealotry…Readers, especially the mathematically inclined, will relish this intellectually provocative whodunit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rosen has written nonfiction and radio essays, but this is his first novel, and it’s an impressive debut. 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 (starred review)

  • “Calling all fans of fractals, international-criminal conspiracies, and the End of Days: your ship has come in…[A] hugely ambitious debut thriller. First in a proposed series, though it’s hard to imagine its sequels topping it for sheer chutzpah.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2011 Foreword Magazine Best Book, Editor’s Choice for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel
  • A 2012 Anthony Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2012 Chautauqua Prize Finalist
  • A 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 2/14/2014

    " This new mystery begins in Amsterdam with the explosion and death of a Harvard math genius. Investigated by a French Interpol agent, whose life is also exploding through the orders of a Serbian war criminal he arrested, Henri Poincare is drawn into a confusing web of Christian Rapturists, one segment of which is actively trying to bring the world to an end. At the same time, he finds that there are many other possibilities as to why this genius was killed. Especially interesting to me is the fact that this man was studying one of my favorite scientific concepts, fractals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Edana Cichanowicz | 1/31/2014

    " OMG. When is the next book coming out???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bea Stucke | 1/22/2014

    " The writing was fantastic. I would blindly pick up any book by this author (althouth I think this is his first novel). He successfully took the reader through a present day thriller involving the investigation by Interpol detective Henri Poincare of the death of a math genius, terrorism, war criminals and the art of weaving chaos into an intruiging story that keeps you interested until the very last chapter. I highly recommend the audiobook version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donalee | 1/10/2014

    " A very complex mystery, more an unblinking look at man's nature than a whodunit. Poincare is an Interpol Detective investigating the bombing murder of a brilliant American mathematician who is in Amsterdam for the meeting of the World Trade Organization. Poincare's invesstigation takes him from Bosnia to Garmisch to Minnesota to Las Vegas physically. Mentally he travels through chaos theory, fractals, greed, the rights of indigenous people, love and forgiveness, child murder, and deep personal tragedy. Heavy lifting, not for all readers. I found the mathematics and fractal discussions fascinating, the characters engaging and poetic. This is a first book; I look forward to more! "

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About the Author

Leonard Rosen is the author of the highly acclaimed literary thriller All Cry Chaos, which won the 2012 Macavity Award for Best First Novel and ForeWord’s Editor’s Choice Prize in 2011. It was also a finalist for an Edgar Award, Chautauqua Prize, and Anthony Award. Rosen has written bestselling textbooks on writing, taught writing at Harvard and at Bentley University, and contributed radio commentaries to WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.