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Published by Orion, 25 April 2013. ISBN:
His marriage in tatters,
his best friend dying of cancer, Professor David Ullman escapes to Venice with
his beloved daughter Tess to video and investigate a demonic phenomenon.
Despite his scholarly expertise and near obsession with Paradise Lost by John Milton, Ullman remains a sceptic until his
daughter, seemingly possessed, drowns during their trip.
Her body never found, Ullman returns to New York alone and devastated. Hiding from
the world, refusing to believe that Tess is dead, he begins to experience
phenomena he has never believed in: lights turn on and off, voices speak to him
and he sees his daughter in the mirror.
Reluctantly starting to believe, Ullman sets out on a quest
to save his daughter, trying to shake off a mysterious Pursuer who is
determined to retrieve the video he took in Venice, whatever the cost.
Evoking Milton, Cicero, Orpheus and Eurydice, Ullman comes
face to face with the demon who is tormenting him and, together with the woman
he loves, follows the trail set for him, unsure whether he is outwitting his
tormentor or playing right into his hands, but with no alternative if he wants
to get his daughter back.
This is a disturbing tale and one which this reader thinks
will divide opinion; unbelievers may find it over the top and far-fetched while
fans of Milton
and the unexplained will love its subtly gruesome and religious undertones.
Without doubt, it is not one for the faint-hearted.
Reviewer: Joanna Leigh
Andrew Pyperis a Canadian writer of fiction. Born in
1968, he received a BA and an MA in English Literature from McGill University,
as well as a law degree from the University
of Toronto. Although
called to the bar in 1996, he has never practiced. He is the author of five
acclaimed novels including Lost Girls,
which was an international best seller and a 'New York Times' Notable Book and
The Killling Circle (A 'New York Times' Crime Novel of the Year). A number of
his books are in active development to become feature films, including The Demonologist, which is being
produced by Robert Zemeckis's company ImageMovers and Universal Pictures. He
lives in Toronto
Joanna Leigh studied French and German at university. She works in
the aerospace industry and is a chartered marketer in the UK. She describes herself as a
voracious reader, enjoying genres as varied as crime thrillers, historical
fiction and autobiographies. Joanna lives in London. She is the daughter of crime thriller
writer Leigh Russell.