Leonard Rosen's primary career is teaching. He's taught writing at Harvard and written a textbook on writing. All Cry Chaos is his first published novel and to was met with much acclaim. He has since written a prequel, The Tenth Witness. Botn novels feature Interpol agent Henri Poincaré.
Here's the publisher's summary for All Cry Chaos:
The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.
Together with his chain-smoking, bon vivant colleague, Serge Laurent, Poincaré pursues a long list of suspects: the Peruvian leader of the Indigenous Liberation Front, Rapture-crazed militants, a hedge-fund director, Fenster’s elusive ex-fiancée, and a graduate student in mathematics. Poincaré begins to make progress in America, but there is a prodigious hatred trained on him—some unfinished business from a terrifying former genocide case—and he is called back to Europe to face the unfathomable. Stripped down and in despair, tested like Job, he realizes the two cases might be connected—and he might be the link.
This is a difficult book to recommend. The basic story is really compelling but there were a number of side stories that I felt took away from the main storyline: the murder of James Fenster. There are actually periods of months when the case gets no attention while another storyline is followed. The main story would stand well on its own. Because of the jumping back and forth and the missed weeks and months of activity, I found it difficult to stay involved in this book. The characters are compelling but there are too many of them creating too much static. I think this story could have profited from editing down the story lines a bit.
I did stick with it until the end and was glad I did but I wouldn't put it in my top-100 list of books to read.
Grover Gardner narrates the book and does an excellent job, as always.