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From the author of the number-one best seller The Girl in the Spider's Web, an electrifying thriller that begins with Alan Turing's suicide and then opens out to take in a young detective's awakening to painful secrets about his own life and the life of his country.

It's 1954. Several English nationals have defected to the USSR while a witch hunt for homosexuals rages across Britain. In these circumstances, no one is surprised when a mathematician by the name of Alan Turing is found dead in his home: It is widely assumed that he committed suicide, unable to cope with the humiliation of a criminal conviction for homosexuality. But young detective sergeant Leonard Corell, who had always dreamed of a career in higher mathematics, suspects greater forces are involved. In the face of opposition from his superiors, he begins to assemble the pieces of a puzzle that lead him to one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war: the Bletchley Park operation to crack the Nazis' Enigma code. But he is also about to be rocked by two startling developments in his own life, one of which will find him being pursued as a threat to national security....

©2016 David Lagercrantz (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Subtly engaging!

The characters have fantasies and insecurities that really take the story to a personal, informal level. In fact, I feel like I was slowly going insane while listening to this, I was so wrapped up in the complexities. It comes off as a calming but I think that's the narrator. Intriguing "faction"!

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Terrific character study!

i was hesitant to buy this based on the other reviews. I saw it only because I'd read "The Girl Who Died Twice" the latest GwtDT book by Lagercrantz. As a character study, it's fantastic. As a story surrounding Turing, it's fantastic. (If you liked "The Imitation Game", you like this.) As historical fiction, it's great as well. It does take a bit to get to the payoff, but as stories go, it's worth it. If you're familiar with the work of Lagercrantz elsewhere, this is definitely worth a go.

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Took hours & hours to get to crux of story.

It took many hours to get to the crux of the story if you didn’t know the story and history in advance. I had to look up Alan Turing to find out what he was all about. But as it got to the last hour all the pieces fell into place

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Tedious

Interesting subject and story but found the book tedious as far as listening. Do enjoy Simon Vance as a narrator.

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Did not finish.

Got to chapter 5, what is the point of the book?
Not engaging enough to finish. Story line was obnoxious & insulting.
Narration by John Lee was excellent.

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Not interesting or entertaining

Too many long ramblings about social issues of the times. Not enough insight into AT. Boring.

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a bit slow for my liking, and shallow.

Seems like the author found a death by questionable circumstances to be fertile ground for a societal commentary. no alternatives were explored or even tracked.

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Uh, okay.

Good narrator. struggled to finish. dull subject. best at the end chapters. history of computers.

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Holy cow, possibly the most boring storyline, character development and actually even the subject matter.

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Extremely disappointed

I could not even finish. I cannot remember when I could not force myself to finish a book. I found the story line poor even though there were the ingredients of a great tale. I started this because of the author's work on "the girl" story that he took on.

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