San Francisco, 1986. A city where Dionysian liberation is beginning to pall beneath a strange new darkness. When Bill Ticino’s fruitless and numbing marriage finally breaks up, he is left alone in his Pacific Heights home. Plagued by insomnia and spiritually lost, Bill becomes convinced that a housemate is the solution to his problems, and the handsome, charismatic Portuguese man Peter soon moves in. All too quickly Bill is drawn into the kabbalistic world of storytelling, occult charms, and transfiguring ritual, and begins to see that his new tenant has plans that will force him down a perilous path, one with the power to both redeem and destroy. An ineffable mixture of light and dark, desire and death, THE ANGELIC DARKNESS is an unforgettable portrait of San Francisco and its lost souls struggling to find love and intimacy in a city whose buoyancy has been eclipsed by shadow.


Richard Zimler was born in New York and has lived in Portugal for the past 30 years. His award-winning novels have been bestsellers in a dozen countries, beginning with THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON, which has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review.