The year is 1506, and the streets of Lisbon are seething with fear and suspicion when Abraham Zarco is found dead, a naked girl at his side. Abraham was a renowned kabbalist, a practitioner of the arcane mysteries of Jewish mysticism at a time when the Jews of Portugal were forced to convert to Christianity. Berekiah, a talented young manuscript illuminator, investigates his beloved uncle’s murder, and discovers in the kabbalah clues that lead him deep into the labyrinth of secrets in which the Jews of Portugal sought to hide from their persecutors.


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 (Overlook, 1998), which has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide.  He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review.