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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (685 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Steele Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Beneath Lausanne Cathedral, in Switzerland, there is a secret that was buried before time began, something unknown to both angels and men … until now.

Every hour, childlike Marc Rochat circles the Lausanne cathedral as the watchmen have done for centuries. Then one day a beautiful woman draws him out of the shadows—the angel his mother once promised him would come.

But Katherine Taylor is no angel. She’s one of the toughest and most resourceful call girls in Lausanne—until something unnatural seething beneath a new client’s request sends her fleeing to the sanctuary of an unlikely protector.

Into their refuge comes Jay Harper. The private detective has awakened in Lausanne with no memory of how he got there—and only one thing driving him forward: a series of unsettling murders he feels compelled to solve.

Pray for the three strangers. They have something in common they can’t begin to imagine. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An imaginative metaphysical thriller Steele keeps his tale tantalizingly ambiguous, casting it with fey characters and skillfully concealing until the climax whether apparent weird events haven’t been manipulated to make them seem so. This solidly plotted tale, the first in a trilogy, will appeal to readers who like a hint of uncanny in their fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A seductive cosmic thriller stoked by historic fact, an ancient Jewish religious text, and a literary classic... Steele’s lavishly atmospheric, witty, bloody, and swashbuckling tale of age-old struggles for dominion between angels and demons.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Reads like Paradise Lost by way of John Connolly, although Steele, formerly a war reporter, brings hard-edged modernity to this timeless tale as he roots his depiction of evil in the contemporary world. Clever, stylish and epic in scale, it’s a tremendously satisfying debut.”

    Irish Times

  • “Jonathan Davis’ narration is outstanding. He balances the distinct accents of the three principals while deftly portraying Russian, Swiss, and French characters. This long book is enjoyable every step of the way.” 


  • Selected for the June 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jean-Paul Adriaansen | 2/16/2014

    " The ancient cathedral of Lausanne (Switzerland) becomes the playground for the eternal fight between good and evil. A crippled, simpleminded belfry watcher, an amnesiac detective, and an American high society call girl are the unwilling and unknowing players in this captivating, thrilling story. You can't stop reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Naomi | 2/14/2014

    " Hooked so far, cant wait to see what happens with this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shari | 1/27/2014

    " Awesome book! I want there to be a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cooper Renner | 1/26/2014

    " 4 stars within its genre, of course, not in comparison to fine writing like Joseph Roth's Flight Without End. Steele's book is however a fine thriller, lean and restrained in ways that most thrillers are obvious and dumb. His three main plot threads weave toward each other slowly, without Steele's banging us over the head with it, keeping the individual stories interesting even when we don't know how they're going to intersect. And Marc Rochat is one of the finest characterizations I've ever seen in a novel of this sort, inspired perhaps by the Hunchback of Notre Dame: charming, endearing, affecting, both handicapped and immensely gifted. "

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