Book Review: The Diabolist by: Layton Green

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publish Date: June 4, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  E-book

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, 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 Satanic 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.

Review: ‘The Diabolist’ is my favorite Dominic Grey novel! While having a lot of action and intrigue, I felt ‘The Diabolist’ was mainly character driven. This book gives us a real in-depth look at the pasts of both Viktor Radek and Dominic Grey. Viktor is a religious phenomenologist and the world’s leading expert on cults with a personal connection to the current situation. Dominic’s past has taught him to be skeptical of all religions, dismissive of authority figures, and to play by his own rules. I was caught up in the magic, mysticism, and mystery Mr. Green effortlessly crafted as a foil for his exquisitely flawed main characters, Viktor and Dominic. It’s clear to me how much research Mr. Green put into ‘The Diabolist’ and how much he truly does care for his characters. ‘The Diabolist’ does stand on its own, but you definitely don’t want to miss out on the first two Dominic Grey Novels. 

Dominic Grey series: The Summoner (1), The Egyptian (2), The Diabolist (3)


  1. I haven't heard about this series before. Nicely reviewed and thanks for sharing. =)

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  2. Great minds think alike! I gave The Diabolist a 5 Star Review today as well. Definitely the best of the series so far!


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