By Andrew Pyper
**WINNER OF THE 2014 mystery AWARD FOR top NOVEL**
Fans of The Historian won’t have the ability to placed down this spellbinding literary horror tale during which a Columbia professor needs to use his wisdom of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.
Professor David Ullman is without doubt one of the world’s major professionals on demonic literature, with specified 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 whilst 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 enterprise isn't really usually disappointed.
That night, David’s spouse declares she is leaving him. together with his lifestyles abruptly in shambles, he unexpectedly whisks his cherished twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice in any case. the woman has lately been laid low with an analogous depression moods David is aware 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 tackle supplied by way of the skinny girl, David sees a guy confined in a chair, muttering, essentially insane… yet may he really be possessed? Then the guy speaks sincerely, 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. ahead of 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 music the demon that has captured his daughter and observe its identify. If he fails, he'll lose Tess perpetually.