Night of the Seventh Darkness Author:Daniel Eastman With his previous bestsellers -- The Seventh Sanctuary, The Ninth Buddha, and Brotherhood of the Tomb -- Daniel Easterman has established himself as a prince amongst storytellers, a creator of fast-paced action and all too credible terror, comparable to Rider Haggard and the makers of Raiders of the Lost Ark. His new novel is even more exciting... more », more powerful, than its predecessors.
On a September afternoon a couple return from three months in Africa to their Brooklyn apartment. Rick and Angelina's marriage is stale: a tired, doldrums affair which will soon be shaken by appalling violence. Angelina, wearily watching a video, sees scenes of ritual murder, bloody libations which stir memories of her Haitian roots. Her life becomes pervaded by the stench of decay and the remembrance of old loves, old allegiances, old times: times when men who are dead are not dead.
Although Angelina is sophisticated, a member of the elite, not a woman to give credence readily to the horror myths of bad movies, her life is shattered by an atavistic knowledge which few can share. The Jewish police officer who becomes professionally and personally involved in the sudden deaths which surround her is one of the few who will learn of the ways in which the past is always with us: his journey towards knowledge takes him to alien countries, alien politics, alien rites. And only on the night of the seventh darkness will he attain his own truth.« less