By Andrew Pyper
**WINNER OF THE 2014 mystery AWARD FOR top NOVEL**
Fans of The Historian won’t be capable to positioned down this spellbinding literary horror tale within which a Columbia professor needs to use his wisdom of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.
Professor David Ullman is likely one of the world’s major experts on demonic literature, with exact services in Milton’s Paradise Lost. no longer that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a department of the mind's eye and not anything extra. So while the mysterious skinny girl arrives at his workplace and invitations him to shuttle to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” he turns her down. She leaves aircraft tickets and an deal with on his table, advising David that her agency isn't really usually disappointed.
That night, David’s spouse publicizes she is leaving him. together with his existence unexpectedly in shambles, he all of a sudden whisks his loved twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice in any case. the lady has lately been laid low with a similar depression moods David is aware so good, and he hopes to cheer her up and distract them either from the worries at home.
But what occurs in Venice will swap everything.
First, in a tiny attic room on the handle supplied via the skinny girl, David sees a guy restricted in a chair, muttering, basically insane… yet may perhaps he actually be possessed? Then the guy speaks truly, within the voice of David’s lifeless father, repeating the final phrases he ever spoke to his son. phrases that experience left scars—and a mystery—behind.
When David rushes again to the inn, he discovers Tess perched at the roof’s area, excessive above the waters of the Grand Canal. earlier than she falls, she manages to utter a last plea: Find me.
What follows is an unbelievable trip for David Ullman from skeptic to actual believer. In a terrifying quest guided through symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise misplaced, David needs to song the demon that has captured his daughter and realize its identify. If he fails, he'll lose Tess without end.