By Andrew Pyper
**WINNER OF THE 2014 mystery AWARD FOR most sensible NOVEL**
Fans of The Historian won’t be ready to placed 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 best specialists on demonic literature, with detailed services in Milton’s Paradise Lost. now not 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 lady arrives at his place of work and invitations him to trip to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” he turns her down. She leaves aircraft tickets and an tackle on his table, advising David that her organisation isn't really frequently disappointed.
That night, David’s spouse pronounces she is leaving him. along with his lifestyles by surprise in shambles, he unexpectedly whisks his loved twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice in spite of everything. the woman has lately been tormented by an identical depression moods David is familiar with so good, and he hopes to cheer her up and distract them either from the concerns at home.
But what occurs in Venice will swap everything.
First, in a tiny attic room on the handle supplied by means of the skinny lady, David sees a guy restricted in a chair, muttering, essentially insane… yet may well 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 part, excessive above the waters of the Grand Canal. sooner than she falls, she manages to utter a last plea: Find me.
What follows is an incredible trip for David Ullman from skeptic to precise believer. In a terrifying quest guided by way of 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 eternally.