The Formula

by Sam Artigliere

The-Naphils-Kiss

A book purported to provide evidence regarding the divinity of Christ (or lack thereof) has been lost for centuries.

The events that unfold when it is rediscovered threaten to shake the very foundations of civilization.

Allan Peterson, Chairman of Archeology at NYU, is murdered along with his colleague and intimate acquaintance, Dr. Lauren Remley. Salty Manhattan homicide detective Joe Tenacce and his partner, Jen Salito, are assigned the investigation.

Tenacce quickly realizes that, to solve the case, he will need to enlist the help of his son Danny, a theoretical physics-graduate-student-turned-religious-cryptologist whom he despises. Their quest to learn the contents of “the book”—the precious artifact that Peterson has recently discovered and over which he has been killed—leads the Tenacces and Salito on a harrowing journey over two continents, through layers of increasingly complex ciphers, all while being pursued by a clandestine cult who will stop at nothing to obtain the book for their own nefarious designs.

Can they find the book and decipher it? If so, what does the book say and can they keep it out of the hands of their enemy. Finally, what is the significance of the narrative—woven throughout the novel— that describes the tragic life of physicist Michael Richards?

These are the questions that arise as the plot winds and turns toward its surprising end—like a Dan Brown novel—but with a unique twist.

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