The acclaimed, award-winning writer of everlasting mild, pink dirt, and Fairyland, PAUL J. McAULEY has firmly tested himself as one of many significant modern skills within the realm of speculative fiction. Now he is taking an exciting glance again at a earlier that by no means was.
In a grim and wondrous business age of artists, princes, and philosophers, a suffering painter follows his elusive angel throughout the twisting, soot-stained streets of Florence. . .and right into a international of deceits, darkish magics, and murder.
On the eve of the Medici Pope's stopover at, an murderer has struck down an assistant to the immortal Raphael, the good Florentine Republic's most famous personage. it's a crime that attracts a tender artist named Pasquale and the intense, alcoholic investigative reporter Niccolo Machiavegli into the inner most shadows in their grey, steam-driven city-where there are fouler deaths to keep on with. . .and grave intrigues of conflict, witchcraft, and technological know-how which may lead the world-weary journalist and his unwitting spouse heavenward or to Hell.
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