Damascus Gate: A Novel

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New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist: A reporter researching “Jerusalem Syndrome” is snared in a terrorist plot in a“transcendent thriller” (Time).


American journalist Christopher Lucas has arrived in the Middle East to research the phenomenon known as Jerusalem Syndrome—a religious psychosis among tourists who become so overwhelmed by the Holy Land that they erupt in a sometimes dangerous mania. A rationalist outsider navigating an insular world of increasing hysteria, Lucas at first seems immune. But soon his own obsession for Jewish jazz singer Sonia Barnes draws him deeper into the fanatical cult, and into a very real and immediate threat: a plot to hasten the coming of the Messiah by blowing up the Muslim shrines in the Temple Mount.
 
Now, swirling around Lucas in an apocalyptic undertow are Communist revolutionaries, Palestinian terrorists, Hamas agents, fundamentalist Christians, right-wing fanatics, a duplicitous Israeli secret agent, a ruthless soldier of fortune, a strung-out Kabbalist, and Sonia herself. Each one is complicit in a conspiracy that will drive Lucas from the riot-filled streets to an underground maze, where he uncovers the duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem’s struggle. 

From the author of the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, this novel about the desperate search for redemption—and those who are all too willing to provide it—is “a stunning achievement” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
 
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ROBERT STONE (1937–2015) was the acclaimed author of eight novels and two story collections, including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award, and Bear and His Daughter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2007.
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Publisher
HMH
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Published on
Aug 16, 2013
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Pages
512
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ISBN
9780547719320
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Terrorism
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From a National Book Award–winning author: An obsessive love leads a man into a spiral of corruption and crime in a novel “as frightening as it is hypnotic” (Booklist).

Michael Ahearn, a professor at a rural Midwestern college, has a wife and son and a good life that doesn’t quite satisfy him. Then he becomes obsessed with a new faculty member at his school: Lara Purcell. An expert in Third World politics, Lara is seductive, dangerous—and in thrall, she claims, to a voodoo spirit who’s taken possession of her soul.
 
Impassioned and determined, Michael pursues Lara to her native island of St. Trinity, heedless of the political upheaval there. Together they desperately attempt to reclaim all that she’s lost. But as Lara sacrifices herself to ritual and superstition, Michael’s caught up in a high-stakes smuggling scheme—and in his feverish mental state, the world becomes an ever-shifting phantasmagoria. He is, himself, possessed.
 
From the New York Times–bestselling author of Dog Soldiers and Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls is a twisting psychological thriller about diplomats and covert operatives, idealists and opportunists, a story of an American embroiled in foreign corruption—and the labyrinthine depths of his own mind.
 
“Stone depicts the internal savaging of his hero’s mind with chilling precision, and his evocation of Central America in turmoil deserves comparison with Graham Greene.” —Booklist
 
“A stunning work, a profound and profoundly moving meditation tethered to a runaway train . . . Bay of Souls is a triumph.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
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