When literary and detective agent George Zacharias finds a fallen angel on a Cairo street, his first thought is profit. Zacharias and his sidekick, Tomo, hide the angel as they try to figure out who she is and where she came from. However, they soon find themselves pursued by sinister forces.
Terrified, the two hapless detectives flee with their catch, first to the city’s seedy underbelly, then into the desert, where they take refuge in a hidden monastery. There is no escape from their pursuer, however, for he is Lucien Yaldabaoth, the prince of darkness. As Zacharias slowly pieces together the angel’s story and uncovers Yaldabaoth’s nefarious purposes, he realizes there is more at stake than he had imagined.
Keith Miller is an American citizen, but was born in Tanzania and has spent most of his life in East and North Africa. He is currently a U.S. resident.
He is the author of three novels, The Book of Flying (Riverhead Books, 2004), The Book on Fire (Immanion Press, 2010), and The Sins of Angels (PS Publishing, 2016), as well as a translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s The Illuminations. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Interfictions, Arabesques, Egypt Today, Rhubarb, Masque & Spectacle, and NPR. Visit his blog for more musings, art, and links.