The grinning skull crowned with a laurel wreath on the cover of author Lynn Rosen’s newly published book, A Man of Genius, announces that this is no biography. Rather, it’s the fictional story of a man whose fame is hollow and of the women who are in his thrall. Not so much a murder mystery, though there may be a crime there, A Man of Genius, which is Rosen’s first book at age 84, tackles the question of whether or not morality should be set aside and geniuses be given a pass. Also central to the plot is the query of why women attach themselves to men of intellectual brilliance and refuse to let go, no matter how despicably they are treated. A Man of Genius is a philosophical and ethical quest for answers. Readers will want to see what happens to these exceptional characters and how — or if — the questions are answered.


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