The Mona Lisa Sacrifice

by Peter Roman

For thousands of years, Cross has wandered the earth, a mortal soul trapped in the undying body left behind by Christ. He’s been a thief, a con man, a soldier and a drunkard. He’s fought as a slave in the Colosseum and as a knight at King Arthur’s side. But now he must play the part of reluctant hero, as an angel comes to him for help finding the Mona Lisa—the real Mona Lisa that inspired the painting. Cross’s quest takes him into a secret world within our own, populated by characters just as strange and wondrous as he is: gorgons and dead gods hidden away in museums; faeries that live in countryside pubs, trapping and enslaving unwary travellers; and super-rich collectors who trade magical artifacts among themselves. He’s haunted by memories of Penelope, the only woman he truly loved, and he wants to avenge her death at the hands of his ancient enemy, Judas, a forgotten god from an ancient time. The angel promises to deliver Judas to Cross, but nothing is ever what it seems when Judas is involved, and when a group of renegade angels looking for a new holy war show up, things truly go to hell.

ISBN: 9781771481458
eISBN: 9781771481465


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Praise for Peter Roman

“[Roman] . . . has created a pulp novel with genuine depth and wisdom, insight and consummate skill. It’s not capital-l Literary, but it cannily bridges both worlds.”
The National Post

“. . . Cross’s tale sweeps you up with its gallows humour, whether you’re revelling in the pleasures of two-fisted, angel-punching action or the cleverly rendered language.”
Quill & Quire

“[The Mona Lisa Sacrifice] never lets the reader pause for breath. . . .”
Publishers Weekly

“The author of The Warhol Gang and Please (writing as Peter Darbyshire) takes urban fantasy to a different level with this tale of conspiracy and confession.”
Library Journal

The Dead Hamlets resembles something written by Neil Gaiman with its somewhat mystical imagery, and at other times it reads as a full-blown work of bizarro fiction.”
The Examiner

“[Roman]’s big dumb fun book is actually whip smart.”
The Vancouver Sun


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