Joseph, a frustrated artist who became a lawyer, is liberated from his stifling job when his parents die and leave him a fortune, enabling him to move out of the city into a country house. When a strange, destructive, precocious boy named Abel shows up on his doorstep, Joseph is astonished to find himself falling in love with him. But the boy's hold over Joseph threatens them both with violence and evil that may come not from Abel but from Joseph himself. (The book's title comes from Joseph's last name: Malderoyce.)

The King's Evil 2003, Scribner Book Company

ISBN-13: 9780743235044