The Day of Atonement

By David Liss
(Random House, Hardcover, 9781400068975, 384pp.)

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

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The bestselling author of such novels as A Conspiracy of Paper and The Whiskey Rebels continues his masterly run of “atmospheric” (The Washington Post), “page-turning” (The Baltimore Sun), “tremendously smart” (Newsweek) 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.
 
Praise for David Liss
 
The Twelfth Enchantment
 
“Tremendously appealing characters . . . a thoroughly enjoyable, satisfying read.”—Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches
 
The Devil’s Company
 
“Accomplished, atmospheric and thoughtful.”The Washington Post
 
The Whiskey Rebels
 
“Smart, page-turning fun.”St. Petersburg Times
 
The Ethical Assassin
 
“[A] page-turning thriller . . . a thought-provoking and highly enjoyable yarn.”—Baltimore Sun
 
A Spectacle of Corruption
 
“[A] wonderful book . . . easily one of the year’s best.”The Boston Globe
 
The Coffee Trader
 
“Unusual and diverting . . . Sometimes, as the book demonstrates with a nice twist, sincerity can be the greatest means of deception.”The New York Times Book Review
 
A Conspiracy of Paper
 
“Tremendously smart, assured, and entertaining.”Newsweek




About the Author

David Liss is the author of The Day of Atonement, The Twelfth Enchantment, The Devil’s Company, The Whiskey Rebels, The Ethical Assassin, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Coffee Trader, and A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.




Praise For The Day of Atonement

Praise for David Liss
 
The Twelfth Enchantment
 
“Tremendously appealing characters . . . a thoroughly enjoyable, satisfying read.”—Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches
 
The Devil’s Company
 
“Accomplished, atmospheric and thoughtful.”The Washington Post
 
The Whiskey Rebels
 
“Smart, page-turning fun.”St. Petersburg Times
 
The Ethical Assassin
 
“[A] page-turning thriller . . . a thought-provoking and highly enjoyable yarn.”—Baltimore Sun
 
A Spectacle of Corruption
 
“[A] wonderful book . . . easily one of the year’s best.”The Boston Globe
 
The Coffee Trader
 
“Unusual and diverting . . . Sometimes, as the book demonstrates with a nice twist, sincerity can be the greatest means of deception.”The New York Times Book Review
 
A Conspiracy of Paper
 
“Tremendously smart, assured, and entertaining.”Newsweek

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