About the Author
L. U. CIPHER comes from an old family with long and deep ties to (and below) the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. JOHN NASSIVERA is a former resident of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. He is a life fellow of Columbia University's Society of Fellows in the Humanities. When he discovered this manuscript on an abandoned subway platform he became so troubled that he converted to Roman Catholicism and retreated to the Green Mountains of Vermont, where he lives quietly with his dog. He attends daily mass and has weekly breakfasts with his parish priest.