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

Layton Green
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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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    About the Author

    Layton Green is the author of the Dominic Grey series. Please visit him at at for additional information on Layton, his works, and more. You might find him in the corner of a dark and smoky café in Bogotá, researching the next Dominic Grey novel.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2425 KB
    • Print Length: 388 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (4 Jun. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AR04IHE
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    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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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    The Diabolist is the third novel featuring Dominic Grey and works well as a stand alone. I haven't read the other two novels but had no problem diving straight into the plot because there's enough back history to cover most of the gaps. Obviously it's best to read a series of books in the proper order but don't worry too much if you haven't it won't spoil your reading pleasure.

    I'm a fan of the surreal and the supernatural and The Diabolist mostly worked for me. Fast paced, well plotted and offering some unique twists and turns featuring Satanism, ritual, jujitsu, out of the body phenomenon, magic and organised religion to name but a few. It's all just slightly obscure and close to being unbelievable but this crazy, scary, dark novel is certainly entertaining.

    Layton Green moves the plot along with a clever use of different, odd, locations from San Francisco to Whitby as he examines the murders of a satanic elite. Viktor Radek and Dominic Grey, both with their own unique speciality, are the men bought in to investigate and it's probably safe to say they have some 'unusual habits'.

    There's a lot to take in. You do need to suspend your belief to stay with the plot. The Diabolist isn't like anything else I've read and please don't think you're going to be reading a 'Dan Brown' or a serious police procedural. You're not. The Diabolist is a fast adventure into weird territory populated by the eccentric and downright 'odd' but it does read well.

    One of those strange and quirky novels that's going to divide opinion and harvest varied reviews.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Powers at Work 14 July 2013
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    The Diabolist is the third in a series featuring Dominic Grey, but this is very much a standalone book which only occasionally refers back to things which happened in the preceding stories and certainly does not rely upon the reader knowing what has come before. It is an interesting story, which starts with the strange death of the leaders of various satanic cults, apparently with paranormal intervention and Dominic and his employer, Viktor, set about investigating them.

    Although there is an action packed climax, this story, in general, does not move along at a fast pace. However, there is a lot of background information on the supernatural, particularly astral projection, and the history of various cults such as Zoroastrianism and Ahriman. This all gives the impression of being well researched and factual, and the information I was already aware of was certainly based on fact. I have not, however, checked to find out if the author has embellished these facts and in particular I do not know to what extent the cult of Ahriman, which is an essential element in the story, is the invention of the author, or is based on fact. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed all of this as I have always been interested in the supernatural. However, it may not be for everyone.

    At the heart of the story is that thorny old question which has exercised the minds of theologians throughout the ages. If God is all powerful then why does he allow evil into the world. Or is there a counterbalancing force for evil to balance the force for good.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 21 Jun. 2013
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    I admit I have a soft spot for religious conspiracy type thrillers ever since I read the Da Vinci Code. The back of the review copy of this book hints that fans of The X-Files, Dan Brown, James Rollins, Steve Berry and Douglas Preston will love it. They had me at X-Files, one of my favourites of all time.

    The book was nothing at all like the Da Vinci code, it was in a class all its own and it was a wonderful, roller-coaster read of a book. The pages just flew by, you got so engrossed in it. A great scope of a plot, filled with quirky characters - Viktor Radek seemed a bit as if he stepped out of the nineteenth century with his old-world charm and addiction to absinthe.

    Some of it was far-fetched and ludicrous, but the novel was so well-crafted that you could suspend your disbelief and just enjoy. You were drawn into the world the author created and as you were reading, nothing seemed out of place. It was a very interesting read and I might have to go and hunt out Radek's and Grey's other adventures (this one is third in the series, but still works as a standalone novel.)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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    For me personally, as well as being the very current Layton Green, this is an author who is surely destined to rival legendary writer of the occult thriller, Dennis Wheatley and his more recent contemporary, Dan Brown.

    With his in-depth knowledge and meticulous research into his chosen genre; together with his well defined, complex and multi faceted characters; all so ably supported by some excellent visually descriptive and intense dialogue, a unique and unconventional approach to storytelling and a mature, skilled and frankly mind blowingly scary plot building ability, Layton has to be one of my ‘best read’ authors for some considerable time.

    Layton has surely taken ritualistic description to a whole new level of intensity, in this his third Dominic Grey adventure, with his detailed, graphic narrative and seemingly non-stop, blood curdling action, which sets the pulse racing and the heart beating out of control.

    When I wasn’t being scared witless, I was being treated to a truly complex and detailed insight into the world of the occult and Satanism, together with some well informed, meticulously researched and sympathetically articulated information of an almost theological nature ……., which had me reaching for the ‘Google’ search button, again and again. The reader needs to be prepared to digest and absorb this cornucopia of information, as a well informed and expansive window onto the world in which Layton’s characters of Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek live, breathe and sleep! Although a still slightly opaque window, where I didn’t feel that perhaps all the questions had been answered, I was left to examine several of my own thoughts and beliefs and to draw many of my own conclusions.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars The Diabolist
    Not familiar with author, never read any of his stuff before really enjoyed this book good storyline and the characters are good
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    Published 9 months ago by Barney Wright
    3.0 out of 5 stars A continuous book in series
    A good plot line, and I've read the other stories, but maybe I'm too used to the characters, but felt a bit bored, I read as the story idea is always good. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Eastwood
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Just not my 'cup of tea'
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    4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and convincing horror story.
    Having initially discovered that The Diabolist was the third of a series, I purchased the other two and read them first. I'm glad I did. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by professor
    5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
    I really loved this book the twists and turns made it a great roller coaster of a story I can but thank you for a great masterpiece.
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