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Continuing his masterly run of historical thrillers in The Day of Atonement, David Liss blends meticulous period detail with crackling adventure in the tale of one man’s quest for justice—and retribution.

Sebastião Raposa is only thirteen when his parents are unjustly imprisoned, never to be seen again, and he is forced to flee Portugal lest he too fall victim to the Inquisition. But ten years in exile only serve to whet his appetite for vengeance. Returning at last to Lisbon, in the guise of English businessman Sebastian Foxx, he is no longer a frightened boy but a dangerous man tormented by violent impulses. Haunted by the specter of all he has lost—including his exquisite first love—Foxx is determined to right old wrongs by punishing an unforgivable enemy with unrelenting fury.

Well-schooled by his benefactor, the notorious bounty hunter Benjamin Weaver, in the use of wits, fists, and a variety of weapons, Foxx stalks the ruthless Inquisitor priest Pedro Azinheiro. But in a city ruled by terror and treachery, where money and information can buy power and trump any law, no enemy should be underestimated and no ally can be trusted. Having risked everything, and once again under the watchful eye of the Inquisition, Foxx finds his plans unraveling as he becomes drawn into the struggles of old friends—and new enemies—none of whom, like Lisbon itself, are what they seem.

Compelled to play a game of deception and greed, Sebastian Foxx will find himself befriended, betrayed, tempted by desire, and tormented by personal turmoil. And when a twist of fate turns his carefully laid plans to chaos, he will be forced to choose between surrendering to bloodlust or serving the cause of mercy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] action-packed novel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In Benjamin Weaver, David Liss has created one of historical fiction’s most compelling action heroes…Liss, as always, deftly negotiates the larger and trickier task of making the concerns of his period—fanaticism, persecution, and corruption, as well as ideas of vengeance and forgiveness—slip neatly across the centuries and lock into our own worries and obsessions.”

    Washington Post

  • “One of the masters of the historical thriller, Liss is back with yet another highly entertaining novel…[The Day of Atonement] paints a vivid picture of the waning days of the Inquisition and of the truly evil religious leaders who led it. One of Liss’s best books.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Enthralling…[a] sly, rich, and swift novel of vengeance and rough justice.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Another intriguing thriller set against historical events for Liss, who has a knack for period detail, breakneck plots, and characters we want to root for.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “In his latest historical thriller, Liss portrays eighteenth-century Lisbon in vivid detail, leading up to the great earthquake of 1755. The history is well researched and furnishes an excellent portrait of Portugal under the ever-looming shadow of the Inquisition. A compelling story of obsession and revenge, the novel is also ultimately a tale of redemption. Liss fans and aficionados of intelligent, well-written historical fiction will be eager for this title.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Samuel Roukin narrates with such controlled intensity that we almost believe Sebastiao Laposa could singlehandedly destroy Jesuit inquisitors, right wrongs, and rescue damsels in distress. Roukin doesn’t try to make his voice match the age or sex of each character, but through tone and pacing he conveys the determination, fear, rage, and other passions that drive each of the troubled souls in the corrupt city of Lisbon. It’s all delivered by a gifted narrator.”

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  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
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About the Narrator

Samuel Roukin is a British film and stage actor who is best known for his role as Snatcher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. He has also appeared in Bright Star and Miss Austin Regrets. Roukin currently resides in New York.