Format Hardcover
Publication Date 05/15/14
ISBN 9781605985558
Trim Size / Pages 8.6 x 5.9 in / 384

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The Forbidden

A Novel

F. R. Tallis

The Alienist meets The Exorcist in Tallis’ new novel of psychological suspense, as an ambitious young doctor explores the dangerous border between science and the supernatural.

1873: When the ambitious Doctor Paul Clément takes a job on the island of Saint Sébastien, he has dreams of finding cures for tropical diseases. After witnessing the ritualistic murder of a young boy who was allegedly already dead, he is warned never to speak of what he has seen. Back in fin de siècle Paris, Paul’s attentions turn to studying the nervous system and resuscitation through electricity. Paul is told of patients who have apparently died, been brought back to life, and, while they lay between life and death, witnessed what they believed to be Heaven itself. Using forbidden knowledge he swore never to use, he attempts to experience what everyone else has seen, but something goes horribly wrong. When Paul returns to the land of the living, can it be possible that he brings something else back with him, an unspeakable evil so powerful it can never be banished?

F. R.  Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. Between 1999 and 2012, he has received or been nominated for numerous awards, including the New London Writers’ Award, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Elle Prix de Letrice, the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger Award, and two Edgar Allen Poe Awards. His critically acclaimed Liebermann series (written as Frank Tallis) has been translated into fourteen languages and optioned for TV adaptation.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Thrilling. What we have here is a proper scare-your-socks-off horror tale. Tallis weaves real historical figures into the narrative and conjures up fin-de-siècle France beautifully, but his main intention, excellently achieved, is to jolt even the hardiest of hearts.” The Financial Times
“F.R. Tallis plunges us into late-1800s Paris, all cathedral gargoyles, rustling silk and gaslight. We follow Dr. Paul Clément, a student of the budding field of neurology, whose particular interest is in resuscitation of the dead using electrical charges. Tallis populates his story with real historical figures of the time, and thanks to impressive research detailed in the afterword, creates a beautifully authentic style that never falters into anachronism. You might say it’s a 19th-century “Flatliners,” segueing into “The Exorcist." The Charlotte Observer
“A captivating historical series.” New York Times Book Review
“Fans of Caleb Carr will feel right at home.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If you’re looking for the best in popular fiction, Tallis is well worth seeking out.” The Washington Post