Featuring: Arthur Conan Doyle; Harry Houdini
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It’s 1903 and Harry Houdini (the great escape artist) seeks
the help of Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock
Holmes.) Houdini wants to discredit Maximillian Cairo—an
infamous Occultist and the most debauched man in London.
But the two men get more than they bargained for when they
interrupt a magic ritual.
That night they set something loose—something that no one
can face and stay sane. Something that runs amok—spreading
death and madness throughout an unsuspecting Edwardian
Both men are tortured by self-doubt for the first time in
their lives. Have their logical minds been tainted by this
brush with frenzy?
Moreover, Conan Doyle is increasingly drawn to Justine
Luce, a young suffragette with startlingly progressive
ideas. Houdini, too, finds himself tempted by desires he
may not be able to resist.
Their sole hope to understand what is happening to them
lies with the only witness to the first murder. But the man
refuses to reveal what he’s seen—even to save his life.
All of Houdini’s street smarts and all of Conan Doyle’s
powers of deduction combined may not be enough to prevent
madness from overwhelming the world.
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