The Puzzle Master

Random. Jun. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780593595299. $27. THRILLER
Using both prose and epistolary styles, Trussoni (The Ancestor) weaves a modern cautionary tale of obsession, humankind’s search for immortality, and answers to some of life’s most pressing questions. A traumatic football injury in high school changed the life of Mike Brink, causing acquired savant syndrome, a rare medical condition where the person obtains extraordinary intellectual abilities. Since that time, Mike has become a genius at puzzles and has devoted himself to puzzle creation and mathematics. This ability envelops him in a centuries-old puzzle that holds a secret that could change humankind. He is on borrowed time to solve the mystery and save the life of the mysterious woman he loves. The adventure takes him from a New York prison, to a rare-book library, to the very height of the high-tech world of cybersecurity.
VERDICT This page-turner incorporates motifs of religion, security, meaningfulness, and loss into a mystical narrative that traverses different centuries focused on the same puzzle quest. This is a literary Da Vinci Code–like title that readers of quest-based thrillers and mysteries alike will enjoy.
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