A Wicked, Wicked Man by Beryl Byman

Two boys, Haman and Mordechai, vow to be friends for life. But an impulsive lie sets off events that trigger a series of retaliations in which only one will triumph. Each man strives for power in the political labyrinth of 5th-century Persian politics, and as they do, their desire for the beautiful Narat deepens their animosity. A Wicked, Wicked Man reveals a tale unlike that immortalized in the biblical story of Esther. With his own tale to tell, starting with the book’s gripping beginning at the gallows, Haman describes his journey of betrayal and revenge. As their paths cross over a lifetime, Haman faces moral dilemmas that conflict with his desire for love, power and family ties.

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