(The first part of "More than Melchisedech")
- Early Boyhood of a Magus
- Late Boyhood of a Magus
- Hog-Butcher & Gadarene Swine
- Tales of Chicago
This is the "lightest" book of the "The Devil is Dead" trilogy - it is the easiest to read and doesn't bog down with bogus theories or extended rhymes. This is an episodical biography of the magus "Melchisedech Duffey", from his boyhood in Iowa, no Boston, no no it's St. Louis -ah never mind- to his later adventures in Chicago. For a Lafferty novel, the characters are quite frivolous at times and except for the occasional magic stunt here and a monster there they act and interact normally in a rather normal world.
This is a very entertaining read - an Archipelago without the fat. The other two parts are "Tales of Midnight" and "Argo"