From the opening lines, I knew I was going to read this book. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker so completely and cleverly pulled me in that I was hopelessly and helplessly hooked in an instant. After having my curiosity so thoroughly pricked and my level of intrigue raised so high, the author had his work cut out for him to deliver on my lofty expectations. While not fully succeeding in meeting those expectations, Mister B. Gone proved to be an interesting read, and one I found difficult to put down, If nothing else, Barker provides a unique take on certain historical events and gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the nature of good and evil, including the prescient and frank machinations of angels and demons. Consummately clever to the end.