By Andrew Pyper
**WINNER OF THE 2014 mystery AWARD FOR most sensible NOVEL**
Fans of The Historian won’t have the ability 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 specialists on demonic literature, with distinct 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 girl arrives at his place of work and invitations him to commute 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 publicizes she is leaving him. together with his lifestyles unexpectedly in shambles, he swiftly whisks his cherished twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice finally. the lady has lately been plagued by an analogous 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 switch everything.
First, in a tiny attic room on the handle supplied by means of the skinny girl, David sees a guy limited in a chair, muttering, essentially insane… yet might he really be possessed? Then the guy speaks in actual fact, 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 aspect, excessive above the waters of the Grand Canal. prior to she falls, she manages to utter a last plea: Find me.
What follows is an incredible trip for David Ullman from skeptic to actual believer. In a terrifying quest guided via symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise misplaced, David needs to music the demon that has captured his daughter and observe its identify. If he fails, he'll lose Tess perpetually.