Fast-paced and fiery, this dark thriller delves into the adventures of the money-driven dealer Dean Corso, who is a rare-books expert and partner of Bernie, the owner of a bookstore. He is contacted by the renowned collector of books about the devil Boris Balkan, who has just acquired the rare The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows from the collector Andrew Telfer, to verify whether his book is authentic or a forgery.
Balkan explains that the book was written by the writer Aristide Torchia, in 1666, with Lucifer and he was burned at the stake with his entire work. There are only three exemplars of The Nine Gates and in accordance with the legend, its nine engravings form a riddle to conjure the devil.
The skeptical Corso accepts the assignment and has to travel to Sintra, Portugal, and Paris, France, to contact the owners Victor Fargas and Baroness Kessler and find the genuine exemplar for Balkan. Meanwhile, he asks Bernie to hide the rare book. Before traveling to Europe, the widow Liana Telfer wants to retrieve the book and has sex with Corso, ..
Did you know?
When Corso is first seen researching on "The Nine Gates" in the library, the cover page of the book show the name of the author with the Latin phrase "Cum superiorum privilegio veniaque" (With Permission and License of One's Superiors) underneath it. In the novel, it is explained that this formula was used to prove the book in question was not infringing the teachings of the Church. However, the book was indeed forbidden, hinting that the author was acknowledging someone else -and not the Church- as his superiors. Read More