The Arcanum by Thomas Wheeler

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It is 1919 and the Great War has come to a close. But in the shadows of the world’s major cities, the killing has just begun. In this perilous time, as the division between order and chaos grows increasingly slim, a select group of visionaries have taken it upon themselves to ensure the safety of humanity. They are known as the Arcanum.

In London’s stormy Hyde Park, Konstantin Duvall, the Arcanum’s founder, has been killed in a suspicious accident. Dismayed, the group’s longest-lived member, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, determines to avenge Duvall’s death—and uncover the secret left in his wake. For the dead man possessed the world’s most powerful—now missing—artifact: the Book of Enoch, the chronicle of God’s mistakes, within whose pages lie the seeds for the end of everything.

From the scene of the crime, Conan Doyle embarks on a path that leads him to the sleazy underworld of New York City’s Bowery and a series of deceptively disparate—but decidedly connected—murders. And as he calls upon the scattered members of the Arcanum for aid, he also finds himself embroiled in a story of war as old as time itself. Not of a struggle between countries, but between darkness and light.
Peopled with the twentieth century’s most famous—and infamous—figures, here is an extraordinary tale in which the stakes go beyond the realm of humankind—into the divine.

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About Thomas Wheeler

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Reverend Wheeler is co-founder and Executive Director of Hoskins Park Ministries (HPM) in Charlotte, NC, where he and his wife, Kate, reside. HPM shares the love of Christ with the homeless by providing food, clothing, shelter and godly direction. Tom has a Bachelor's degree in business administration from Roanoke College, a master's degree in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Tom has been ordained with the Evangelical Church Alliance since 2006.
Published December 18, 2007 by Bantam. 336 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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The game’s afoot, he informs Lady Jean, his endlessly understanding wife, and takes himself off to New York City for reasons not entirely clear, toting his vintage detective’s satchel, complete with deerstalker and brass knuckles.

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(Apr. 27) Forecast: Blurbs from Clive Barker and Wes Craven will help fuel interest in Hollywood: think Crispin Glover as Lovecraft, Halle Berry as Marie Laveau, Scarlett Johansson as a lost angel.

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In 1919 London, a car full of young people runs over an old man and with his dying breath he says "He's in my mind" and then says Arcanum.

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