It is said that the greatest chess masters can envision a match’s outcome ten moves before it occurs. Imagine a person who can visualize ten steps ahead, not simply in the game of chess, but in every human interaction.
Imagine a person who could anticipate what you would say before you said it, who could see a punch before it was thrown. Imagine a person who could see the chess game of politics, economics, and power itself unfold long before it happens.
Imagine a secret that could make all of this possible.
Mathematics professor Albert Puddles is such a person, and as he is thrust into a murder and burglary investigation on the Princeton campus he finds that there is such a secret buried in an obscure cipher. The discovery leads Albert to team up with an aging mentor, a curious graduate assistant, and an unusual “book club” on a frantic chase across the country to recover the secret and clear his name.
Through this adventure, Albert rediscovers a woman from his past and is forced to confront his own understanding of love, rationality, power, and the limits of the human mind.
The #1 Bestseller and BookLife Editor’s Pick
“The Tree of Knowledge is a dynamite read... reminiscent of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code but smarter, sharper... A thrill ride with no seatbelt but what an incredible view.”—Junot Díaz, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"The Tree of Knowledge is a dynamite read... reminiscent of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code but smarter, sharper and vertiginously twisted. A thrill ride with no seatbelt but what an incredible view." – Junot Díaz, New York Times bestselling author & Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
[A] quirky and engaging debut thriller...[T]he novel teems with historical, scientific, and literary surprises...good-natured twists come again and again. With offbeat characters, brain teasers, and imaginative action, readers will be eager to see what trouble [these characters] get into next -Publisher's Weekly Booklife
"Engaging and deftly paced, readers should buckle up for a thriller that does not disappoint. Peppered with riddles and cyphers, Miller’s gripping and imaginative debut novel is thoroughly engrossing. One of the most promising authors I’ve come across in a long while."-Gary McAvoy, Bestselling Author of The Magdalene Deception
"Filled with fascinating characters, breathtaking action, political intrigue, [and] interesting riddles...this novel grabs one's interest from page one. Miller is a gifted writer who manages to strike a good pace with this mesmerizing thriller. This novel is a wonderful read that should please anyone in search of a well-told, intriguing story." -US Review of Books
"Dan Miller has crafted a brain teaser of a thriller that treats readers to an expert blend of memorable characters, smart dialogue, and breakneck speed action. A roller coaster of a first novel."- Marshall Karp, New York Times bestselling author
"This book will change everything from the way we think to the way we act...A fast-paced thriller, this book will have you on the edge of your seat." -Manhattan Book Review
"The Tree of Knowledge is a funny and engaging mystery novel whose academic antiheroes regard logic as a training strategy, a weapon, and a cause." -Clarion Reviews
"Part mystery, part science-fiction, part action thriller, The Tree of Knowledge is a wholly original adventure guaranteed to make you think!"- Michael Prescott, New York Times bestselling author
"The Tree of Knowledge is a thoroughly engrossing story of power gone awry. It is compelling and unpredictable right up to the end." -Midwest Book Review
"Imaginative. Compelling. Intriguing. A fine first novel." Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of the Bailey Ruth series."
The Tree of Knowledge is a thrilling and adventurous ride into the world of logic, secrets, endless possibilities, and the ultimate goal of absolute power...A page-turner debut novel by a very promising author. -San Francisco Book Review
"A stunningly accomplished debut novel... Miller’s cast of characters is one of fully dimensional, living beings who kept me enthralled as I followed their efforts to cope with an amoral, brilliant, and relentless adversary... The Tree of Knowledge is an awesome, fast-paced, and beautifully written debut novel that demonstrates the promise of a talented author. "- Reader's Favorite