D.J. McIntosh's The Witch of Babylon won an Arthur Ellis Award prior to its publication. Here Turkish-American art dealer John Madison gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy, involving a stolen artifact, stretching from ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq. Aided by an archaeologist and a photojournalist, John navigates a tricky landscape filled with thieves, killers, and men with dark secrets, all while unearthing the startling history of alchemy.
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In this highly anticipated sequel, John Madison travels to London to purchase, at auction, a rare 17th-century Italian book of fairy tales for an anonymous client. Madison is warned about the book's malevolent history, but before he can deliver it to the buyer, he is robbed by a mysterious man claiming to be the book's author. When his client disappears and the book's provenance is questioned, Madison must immerse himself in the world of European aristocracy and rare book collectors.
In this highly anticipated conclusion, Madison is hired by a famous magician to find a rare 16th-century book on angel magic and the former assistant who stole it 35 years ago. Madison's quest leads him from the great mosques and churches of Istanbul to the ruins of Pergamon and the temples of the ancient Near East, where he discovers the true location of the Garden of Eden, the nature of angels, and the dark story of his birth.