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At Dockside: A New Fiction Code; A 'Da Vinci' Guide

Here is where you will find what's new at St. Thomas' well-known, well-read Dockside Bookshop at Havensight Mall. Every week you will find new titles to peruse. Look for updates of our "picks" for fiction and nonfiction and, at the end of the reviews, books in stock from school reading lists.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Phone: 340-774-4937
E-mail: dockside@islands.vi
"The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason.
Dial Books, fiction hardcover, 384 pp. $24.00.
An Ivy League murder, a mysterious coded manuscript, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide memorably in "The Rule of Four" — a brilliant work of fiction that weaves together suspense and scholarship, high art and unimaginable treachery.
It's Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair's breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family's past — and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled — until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia's secrets.
Suddenly the stakes are raised and, as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginning to see the manuscript in a new light — not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.
From the streets of 15th-century Rome to the rarified realm of the Ivy League, from a shocking 500-year-old murder scene to the drama of a young man's coming of age, "The Rule of Four" takes us on an entertaining, illuminating tour of history — as it builds to a pinnacle of nearly unbearable suspense.
"Secrets of the Code" edited by Dan Burstein.
CDs Books, nonfiction hardcover, 400 pp. $21.95.
Dan Burstein's "Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code" sorts out fact, informed speculation, and fiction by presenting the views of the experts — archaeologists, theologians, art historians, philosophers and scientists — many of whose works Brown himself relied upon in developing his intriguing tale.
Readers are fascinated by the questions raised in The Da Vinci Code. Was Jesus actually married to Mary Magdalene? Was she one of his disciples and did she write her own gospel? Did they have a child together? Did some geniuses of art and science, people like Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton, belong to secret societies that had the most compelling insider information in history, and did Leonardo convey some of these ideas in the Last Supper and other paintings?
"Secrets of the Code" is the definitive guide to the novel and provides the curious reader with authoritative explorations into the major themes within "The Da Vinci Code."
Bestselling editor Dan Burstein, an impassioned reader of the novel, says, "As soon as I finished reading "The Da Vinci Code," I wanted to know so much more that I went out and bought all the books I could find. I soon realized that the thinking of the experts must also intrigue many others … and thus began my quest to distill the best of this material into a single, thought-provoking volume."

School Reading List Books Available

–Books from Antilles School's 10th to 12th grade list
–A limited number of copies of "The Schoolmaster," from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School's list.
We will gladly order any books you want. E-mail us at dockside@islands.vi, or call 340-774-4937.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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