One of America's most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome. A forensic science wizard,he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes andgive law enforcement officials his advice. But when histutor is found dead, he becomes a suspect. Suddenly, his Asperger's traits—not looking people in the eye, tics and twitches—look morelike guilt in the view of police.