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. Download and start listening now!