Soon: Chapter 17: Curses!
People seem to be curious about this whole New York Curse thing, so I thought I’d make up for lost time with two posts in two days, wooooo!!!
Okay, this is all pretty stupid and needlessly complicated and most of it is never fully explained even after Paul conducts his “investigation,” but here goes:
There is a New York brokerage firm named Demetrius & Demetrius. It is run by, you guessed it, the brothers Demetrius, Ephesus and Arthur.
Yeah, Jenkins clearly is a fan of the name Demetrius. In the Left Behind series, there’s a martyred Greek evangelist named…Demetrius Demeter.
Because he’s Greek.
Anyway, a whistleblower at the firm told the cops that the brothers were going to try to corner the silver market. Then, a different employee accused Ephesus directly of trying to manipulate the market, and he “dressed her down” (oh baby) and then she responded with Bible verses, which Ephesus took as a curse, and fired her.
Turns out that Manhattan is “one of the most superstitious places on earth,” according to Koontz. Paul is surprised (as am I) that “superstition” (by which Jenkins means “curses,” fortune-telling, Tarot, I Ching, astrology, etc.) is not illegal, not like real religion.
On the curse(s) specifically:
Paul checked his file for the so-called curse verse. It was Job 27:19: “The wicked go to bed rich but wake up to find that all their wealth is gone.”
Ephesus had mocked her [the employee], calling her a witch and challenging her to make his wealth disappear. She denied having that ability but warned that greed and duplicity would be punished, if not by the government then by a higher power. She castigated him with Revelation 21:8: “The corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those who practice witchcraft, and idol worshippers, and all liars–their doom is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur.”
Ephesus had said, “Doom? Prove it?” He fired her then promptly disappeared.
So, Ephesus is missing.
Two guards went down to the company’s vault (for reasons best known to themselves, I guess), and emerged catatonic, their hair turned white. No one’s been in the vault since then.
And the hell-threatening employee is missing.
Maybe Ephesus built a bridge out of her.
I can’t believe I’m using brain cells to keep track of this stuff.