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The Diabolist (The Dominic Grey Series) [Kindle Edition]

Layton Green
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Book Description

In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a cult leader in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of mysterious phenomena, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.

Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.

The Diabolist is a chilling novel that not only pulsates with action and suspense, but also mines a trove of fascinating historical, philosophical, and paranormal research to probe some of our closest held beliefs. From the opening pages to the astonishing conclusion, this latest installment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.

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    Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek aren’t your typical private eyes. They specialize in mysteries involving religious cults. Here, Interpol comes calling with a case: in Paris and San Francisco, leaders of satanic cults have been murdered. Grey and Radek soon zero in on Simon Azar, leader of the Order of New Enlightenment, a new and increasingly influential cult supposedly based in London, but Azar seems to be keeping a lot of details about the cult secret (including the location of its new headquarters), and it’s difficult to nail Azar for the murders—even when Grey’s and Radek’s own lives become seriously in jeopardy. This, the third Grey-Radek novel, is a well-crafted and exciting thriller with a pair of interesting protagonists (Grey, the ex-Marine and juju master; Radek, the expert in cults and religious phenomenology) and a charismatic villain who makes our skin crawl.


    "Part international thriller, part theology text, part philosophic treatise on good and evil, part intricate, unforgettable nightmare-inducing fever dream, The Diabolist has everything you want from a thriller. Layton Green is a master of intellectual suspense. This one’s a killer."- JT Ellison, bestselling author of Edge of Black

    “Layton Green kicks things up a notch and delivers a novel that should, if there's any justice to be found upon the shelves, make him a household name. The Diabolist is a dark, intelligent, spellbinding novel . . . I cannot recommend this one highly enough. — Beauty in Ruins Reviews

     “Green’s The Summoner proved his great talent. The Diabolist ensures his place at the top of crime fiction: his number 1 place. Unbelievably good, unbelievably intricate, unbelievably Green.” — The Review Broads

    The Diabolist by Layton Green brings together ancient religions, New Age cults and heroes with dark pasts in a top-shelf novel . . . It was hard for me to put this book down at night simply to sleep.” — Night Owl Reviews

    “Dan Brown is pretty good at what he does and I don't begrudge him his success, but when it comes to interesting characters embarking on a thrilling exploration into the dark world of cults, religions and magic Layton Green does it SO much better.” — Nylon Admiral Reviews

    “[A] story that will move you to the edge of your seat.” - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2425 KB
    • Print Length: 388 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 4, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AR04IHE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Devil of a good tale June 9, 2013
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    On the back of The Diabolist, an astute publisher has written: "Fans of Dan Brown, Douglas Preston, James Rollins Steve Berry and the X-Files will delight in this gripping thriller. A+ for the writer.

    The Diabolist is the first Dominic Grey book I have read, and I'm now searching the library for more. Author Layton Green's character of Viktor Radek, a near 7 foot professor of Religion Phenomenology has many similarities to Douglas Preston's Aloysius Pendergast...both are connected to law agencies (Pendergast the FBI and Radek, Interpol), both dress in black, both are independently wealthy, both have international connections, and each ascribes to finding logical answers to seemingly supernatural events.

    Like Dan Brown, Green immerses his tale in religious events and Biblical prophesy. Radek is considered the world's "foremost investigator of cults" and this particular tale involves him in determining the truth behind the demise of numerous evil worshiping factions. As a student, Radek dabbled in the cult worship of evil, and now he is concerned that a former friend may be involved in bringing ancient Satanism back,

    Dominic Grey reminds us Steve Berry's Cotton Malone on steroids. A jiu jitsu expert, Grey is a former special operative who now works as Radek's partner in solving crime.

    Besides having the best of qualities of the writers mentioned, Green's The Diabolist comes across as a "smart" novel. The events and actions are based on logical events, and the author does a great job of moving you from scene to scene without reaching into the absurd. Radek has his own demands and failures, and they meld into the tale flawlessly. Green's inclusion of religious events and biblical references is outstanding.

    If you are into historically-related mysteries with strong characters and a plot that is more cerebral that continuous action, then I think you will like this one.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, intelligent, spellbinding novel June 8, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    For this third book in The Dominic Grey Series and his first with the Thomas & Mercer imprint, Layton Green kicks things up a notch and delivers a novel that should, if there's any justice to be found upon the shelves, make him a household name. The Diabolist is a dark, intelligent, spellbinding novel that is destined to appeal to readers of Preston & Child, David Gibbins, and Dan Brown . . . as well as the likes of Peter Straub, John Saul, and James Herbert.

    This is a novel about two things - the nature of belief, and the dichotomy of good versus evil. Yes, it's a rip-roaring, pulse-pounding adventure, but it's also an intelligent, deeply philosophical look at the concept of evil, and how it's defined (or justified) within the bounds of faith and belief. It all begins with the mysterious deaths of two prominent religious figures, one of the House of Lucifer and the other of the Church of the Beast, both condemned as heretics. I won't attempt to summarize the details that Layton provides in the course of the novel, but it turns out the public perception of a 'Satanist' is just as troubled and diverse as that of a 'Christian' faith.

    At the same time, a charismatic leader by the name of Simon Azar has begun making a name for himself, amassing over a million followers for his Order of New Enlightenment. It's a very attractive, very seductive sort of humanist religion, one that celebrates the natural enjoyment of life in all its forms, all without guilt or shame. It's an intelligent form of belief, and one that's easy to see the appeal of, but there's something suspicious at its heart.

    Enter our heroes, Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, working on behalf of Interpol to solve the murders and prevent the death of more . . . including the Pope.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking person's occult thriller June 4, 2013
    By John R.
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    In the Diabolist, the third novel in the Dominic Grey series, Layton Green has forged a well-crafted, thinking person's occult thriller. From New York to San Fran, from Paris to London, Layton takes us with his characters on a heart-pounding race to defeat the forces of an ancient religion, which may not have the best intentions for its followers.

    I was introduced to the Dominic Grey series by a friend when the first book in the series, the Summoner, came out. While an excellent first novel, Layton Green is now really hitting his stride with this most recent novel, the Diabolist.

    The Diabolist, which is not for the faint of heart, is a fast paced occult thriller. The Diabolist is more than just an airplane novel, a thrilling page turner that makes you think. Layton's intense narration keeps you on your toes and wondering what's around the next bend. Layton is an excellent storyteller with the ability to provide a strong story line, and you can see from this novel that Layton has really worked hard to develop the characters. The main characters of this story aren't superheroes, they are flawed just as we are as readers. Layton shows their flaws in a way that, ultimately, we as readers can relate to.

    It is clear that Layton does a great amount of research in both the story topics and locations. Layton picks us up and puts us in the setting. In London we can feel the chill in the air, in Paris we can see the macabre setting in the catacoms. And like most readers, I know little about Satanism and related cults, but Layton quickly brings us up to speed without sounding like he is lecturing. For better or worse, he brings this eerie subject to life.

    The Diabolist is a fun novel that you will want to read during the day. On the beach. So you know that you are safe! I look forward to great things to come with this series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
    I have read all the Dominic Grey novels and highly recommend all of them.
    Published 1 day ago by Die Hard Texan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
    This is an exciting page turner with intriguing action at every turn. It would have to be called a tale on the dark side of religious beliefs. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Dave B
    5.0 out of 5 stars The chemistry is great. The story is rivoting
    I couldn't put down The Summoner. I couldn't put this one down either. The chemistry is great. The story is rivoting. I'm not giving away any details. Just read this.
    Published 16 days ago by polarbear
    5.0 out of 5 stars Layton is a fantastic author
    Layton at his best. Dominic Grey and Viktor make an unusual, but great team. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Johnny 5
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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    Published 1 month ago by S. E. Albright
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read, enjoyed the series
    Published 2 months ago by greekgoddess
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read in the series
    Good read in the series, very entertaining.
    Published 3 months ago by mike miller
    4.0 out of 5 stars very good chapter in domino grey series
    If you enjoyed the previous books in the series you will find this a fun read. Definitely more background into the duos past and overall and good story.
    Published 3 months ago by guitarhero457
    3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
    I didn't really care for the book but wanted to finish because I had invested time in these characters. Very interesting.
    Published 4 months ago by lboogie
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Diabolist
    Fascinating read, well written and worth wading through the myriad of obscure religious terms. Thought provoking. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Bruce Key
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    More About the Author

    Layton is a mystery/suspense/thriller writer and the author of the bestselling Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for several awards (including a finalist for an International Thriller Award) and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. His latest novel, The Shadow Cartel, was a #2 bestseller on Amazon UK.

    In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

    Layton lives with his wife and children in North Carolina. Stay up to date on Layton's new releases by signing on to his mailing list ( You can also visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, Library Thing, or on his website (

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