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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451697414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451697414
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: This supernatural thriller rises above its by-the-numbers plot to deliver a mix of creepy mood and engaging musings on good and evil. It’s still a light read despite author Andrew Pyper’s literary pretensions. The movie rights have been optioned, and the staging of some of the narrative seemed based more for big-screen bang than because it made sense. The story is told by David Ullman, a renowned Miltonian scholar whose knowledge of Paradise Lost draws him into a mystery in Venice that ultimately puts him in peril. Ullman has to fight both his internal demons and possibly some very real ones to save himself, his daughter, and maybe the whole world. Original? No. But The Demonologist still provides a bit of page-turning fun with some truly scary moments that had me shivering during a late-night read. --Aaron Knopf

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The evil of Milton’s Pandemoniumcomes to life when English professor David Ullman accepts an invitation to come to Venice for consulting work—a strange offer for a Milton scholar. Desperate to escape his cheating wife and her pompous lover, he takes his young daughter, Tess, to the City of Bridges on what he hopes will be a welcome diversion. Instead he is introduced to a reality that he never knew existed outside of his books: that of dark demons looking for inroads into our world. With his daughter taken, Ullman embarks on a search for her with only Milton’s Paradise Lost as a guide. Along the way he is pursued by malevolent forces looking alternately to exploit and bury his discovery. Traveling from North Dakota to Florida to New York, he finds clues not only to his daughter’s freedom but also to his enemy’s nature and his own tragic past. Pyper’s novel takes on things that go bump in the brain and delivers a stirring entry in the supernatural-thriller genre. --Lynn Weber

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My most recent novel is The Demonologist, a #1 bestseller in Canada, a Top Ten Mystery/Thriller for Publisher's Weekly in Spring 2013, and an Amazon 20 Best Books of the Year. It's about a professor of literature, specializing in Milton's Paradise Lost, who comes to believe that his lost daughter - a presumed suicide - has been taken by one of the demons from the poem he has taught all his life. The Demonologist is being developed for feature film by ImageMovers (Robert Zemeckis' production company) and Universal Pictures.

Prior to this, my other novels include The Guardians, which was a Globe and Mail Best Book and is about shared secrets of long-time male friendship, the horrors of turning 40, hockey...and a haunted house. Before that is The Killing Circle, which is about what happens when a wannabe novelist steals another wannabe's story and the villain from that story is given life in the so-called "real world." It was selected as a Notable Crime Novel of the Year in The New York Times. Then there's The Wildfire Season, about a man who must pass through a forest fire that has encircled a remote town in order to save his ex-girlfriend and the daughter he met for the first time only days earlier. The Trade Mission has been called a "modern Heart of Darkness" and involves a pair of overnight dot-com millionaires (remember them?) brutally confronting non-virtual reality after being pursued in the Brazilian jungle. Finally (or originally) there's Lost Girls, which was a New York Times Notable Book and Globe and Mail Best Book, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, and concerns a defence lawyer who believes he's being visited by the ghosts of two girls, the presumed victims of a double murder committed either by his client...or the Lady of Lake, a local myth who waits to pull others down into the lake outside town...

I also have a law degree from the University of Toronto I've never used, and a B.A. and M.A in English Literature from McGill University which have proved considerably more handy. I live in Toronto.

There's more at my website: www.andrewpyper.com

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Unfortunately, the ending was just too vague for my liking.
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A pretty good read, somewhere in between The Historian and the Dan Brown books.
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I finished this book merely because I had nothing else to read.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By TrishNYC VINE VOICE on March 1, 2013
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David Ullman's life is not going so well. His wife is openly cheating on him, his daughter seems to have retreated into a state of permanent melancholy and to top it all off, he is fighting a rising despair that has been with him his whole life. At about the same time, he is approached by a weird looking woman who offers him a lucrative proposal: fly to Venice, all expenses paid as well as a lucrative fee, review some information and give his thoughts. After some hesitation but with his cheating wife carping on his heels, David decides to take the trip to Venice. He brings along his daughter hoping the trip will soften the blow of her parents' crumbling marriage. But disaster strikes almost immediately, his daughter jumps off the roof of their hotel building but not before issuing a directive that will set him on a quest to rescue her from supernatural forces.

I hesitated before picking up this book as it had a faint whiff of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code (nothing against Da Vinci Code, just didn't want to read another clone) but the rave reviews from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and Before I go to sleep's S.J. Watson (both books I really enjoyed) made me pick it up. This book wasn't bad at all, certainly a page turner but by the end, I was left slightly dissatisfied. David's search for the clues that will bring him back to his beloved daughter, the meander through clues are all diminished by the constant coincidences. From New York to the midwest, David searches for sign posts, clues that will lead him back to an evil that has laid close to him since he was a child. While I was certainly rooting for him, wishing it would all turn out well, I wish the road to discovery was a bit more exciting, with a bit more thrilling details that would have made it more worthwhile.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jason Golomb VINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
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"The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."

"The Demonologist" is a wonderfully literate, fast-paced, part-psychological/part-supernatural thriller. The plot and pacing have a distinctly cinematic feel. Author Andrew Pyper's smart and polished prose, creates a very visual and emotional narrative.

The plot centers around David Ullman, a professor and expert of John Milton's "Paradise Lost", who's drawn into an ever intriguing plot that's both religious horror and literary mystery: imagine if "The Exorcist" and "Da Vinci Code" had a baby. Ullman's daughter is drawn down into the literal depths of a lost paradise, as David travels from New York to Venice, and then across the U.S., finding physical and metaphysical clues and using Milton's famed poem as a guidepost to save his daughter.

Battling psychological demons tied to a traumatic childhood and a widening gap between with his soon-to-be ex wife, David comes to terms with the more supernatural aspects of the mystery: "Why is demonology more common than reincarnation, more than sacrificial offerings, more than the way we pray or the houses of worship where we congregate or the form the apocalypse will take at the end of time? Because demons exist."

Ullman uses his mastery of language to craft a beautifully nuanced story and set of characters. Ullman and his daughter are the most three dimensional of the small cast, and the relationship between the two provides the emotional fuel that drives the movement between plot sequences.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Virginia M. Nickles on March 11, 2013
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I stayed up too late last night to finish The Demonologist and have to admit that the ending just didn't do it for me. Neither did the beginning, if I'm being truly honest. David Ulman is a professor at Columbia who specializes in Paradise Lost and other Great Books. He lives in a pretty posh apartment with his wife, who is involved in an open affair with a Physics professor, and his daughter, Tess, and meets Elaine O'Brien, a colleague from the Psychology Department, regularly for drinks at Grand Central Station. Although he really loves Tess and enjoys drinking with O'Brien, David doesn't seem to like much else in his life--he describes himself at melancholy. When his wife finally leaves him for his colleague in Physics, David decides to accept the strange invitation he has received from a disturbingly thin woman who showed up in his office with a very generous consulting fee and plane tickets to Vienna where he has been summoned to see a "phenomenon."

From the beginning of the trip, it is clear that supernatural forces are at work. David runs into an old gentleman on the plane whose conversation seems a bit too prophetic and, in Vienna, the "phenomenon" he finds is a man who is ostensibly possessed by demons. Before he can leave Italy and get back to his quiet, if unfulfilling life in New York, a demon possesses his daughter's body and causes her to jump from the hotel roof into the Vienna canal, from which divers are unable to recover her body. Everyone thinks she is dead, except for David, who knows that the demon has taken her and that he is on a race against the clock to find out whatever the demon wants him to learn so he can get his daughter back from where she is being held in the underworld.
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