'She will take her pleasure in your destruction...and it will be everything you always desired.'
The Beautiful One cometh...
Alatiel, Mistress of Death, an illusion made flesh.
She is not a ghost. She is not a vampire. She is you...
THE POISON OF A SMILE: A LIE BY STEVEN JENSEN
When Patrick Morvell and David Leigh are lured to the haunted town of Carliton in search of their beloved Helena, they find only mystery and malice. And Cristian Salazar, the connoisseur of torments, master of the creature that Helena has become, awaits their company...
'An evil reminiscent of the biblical Plague of the Firstborn.'
'A mystical entrancement.'
'Baroque, rich and strange.'
The Poison of a Smile: New Trailer:
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Acknowledgements: To B. Lloyd, Dana Lorelle, Gev Sweeney, Kes, Leah Petersen, Bob Gracie, Lisa Plowman, Shoshanna Einfeld, Maria Boosey, Valora Gray, Violet Wells: thank you.
NOTE: Chapter Ten includes an interview with Steve Jensen conducted by Alexandra Riley, author of the wonderful 'Victoria Sponge' and 'The Emerald Tablet'.