The Puzzle Master: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Trussoni, Danielle
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical / General
  FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Published: June 2023
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in x 0.96in
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From The Publisher*Reality and the supernatural collide when an expert puzzle maker is thrust into an ancient mystery-one with explosive consequences for the fate of humanity-in this suspenseful thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Angelology

"In short: The Puzzle Master = (The Da Vinci Code + The Silent Patient + sprinkle of Stephen King) x gorgeous writing."-Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek

All the world is a puzzle, and Mike Brink-a celebrated and ingenious puzzle constructor-understands its patterns like no one else. Once a promising Midwestern football star, Brink was transformed by a traumatic brain injury that caused a rare medical condition: acquired savant syndrome. The injury left him with a mental superpower-he can solve puzzles in ways ordinary people can't. But it also left him deeply isolated, unable to fully connect with other people.

Everything changes after Brink meets Jess Price, a woman serving thirty years in prison for murder who hasn't spoken a word since her arrest five years before. When Price draws a perplexing puzzle, her psychiatrist believes it will explain her crime and calls Brink to solve it. What begins as a desire to crack an alluring cipher quickly morphs into an obsession with Price herself. She soon reveals that there is something more urgent, and more dangerous, behind her silence, thrusting Brink into a hunt for the truth.

The quest takes Brink through a series of interlocking enigmas, but the heart of the mystery is the God Puzzle, a cryptic ancient prayer circle created by the thirteenth-century Jewish mystic Abraham Abulafia. As Brink navigates a maze of clues, and his emotional entanglement with Price becomes more intense, he realizes that there are powerful forces at work that he cannot escape. 

Ranging from an upstate New York women's prison to nineteenth-century Prague to the secret rooms of the Pierpont Morgan Library, The Puzzle Master is a tantalizing, addictive thriller in which humankind, technology, and the future of the universe itself are at stake.
Review Quote*"Danielle Trussoni's The Puzzle Master is utterly absorbing.  More than just a first-rate, lock-and-key thriller (which it definitely is), Trussoni's novel dives deep into fundamental questions about life and death, the nature of consciousness, and the unknowable reality of the divine. And don't get me started on that creepy doll! The ‘master' of the title isn't the only master here. The word applies equally to the author of this fabulous novel."-Justin Cronin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Passage Trilogy

"My kind of thriller."-Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Omega Factor

"The Puzzle Master is a riveting tapestry of a novel. A beautifully layered, fast-paced page-turner that's also dense with history and lore. You'll want to clear your calendar for this one."-Janelle Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things
"An absolute gem of suspense, with a wholly original and unforgettable protagonist, a superb cast of idiosyncratic supporting characters, a propulsive plot with diabolic twists, and pure reading pleasure on every page. I loved it."-Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of Two Nights in Lisbon
"The Puzzle Master is an ingenious literary thriller that combines everything I want in a book: immersive, exhilarating, intellectually provocative, unputdownable-an absolutely blistering Russian nesting doll of fascinating stories that unveil and dismantle some of the most deeply engrained ideas about good, evil, and the origins of humankind. In short: The Puzzle Master = (The Da Vinci Code + The Silent Patient + sprinkle of Stephen King) x gorgeous writing."-Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek
"Danielle Trussoni's The Puzzle Master is so addictive and effervescent that you won't be able to put it down. Trussoni displays tremendous range, moving effortlessly from intricate puzzles to a traumatic murder to ancient secrets. A tantalizing and delightful read that engages both heart and mind."-Jean Kwok, author of Searching for Sylvie Lee
"The Puzzle Master is one of the most insanely compelling novels I've read in ages. This story has all the elements I love-dark histories, gothic settings, murder, vivid characters, and a twisty, unpredictable plot-all written in elegant and vigorous English. I am normally a jaded reader, but I could not put down this book. Highly, highly recommended."-Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling co-author of Bloodless and The Cabinet of Curiosities
"I loved Danielle Trussoni's The Puzzle Master, an erudite, super compelling mystery that I couldn't put down. This novel is so original that I was happy to be taken wherever she led me!"-Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of What Happened to the Bennetts
Biographical NoteDanielle Trussoni is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Ancestor, Angelology, and Angelopolis, all New York Times Notable Books, and the memoirs The Fortress and Falling Through the Earth, named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review. She writes the monthly horror column for the New York Times Book Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and winner of the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship, her work has been translated into more than thirty languages.