Dimiter by William Peter Blatty

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William Peter Blatty has thrilled generations of readers with his iconic mega-bestseller The Exorcist. Now Blatty gives us Dimiter, a riveting story of murder, revenge, and suspense. Laced with themes of faith and love, sin and forgiveness, vengeance and compassion, it is a novel in the grand tradition of Morris West’s The Devil’s Advocate and the Catholic novels of Graham Greene.

Dimiter opens in the world’s most oppressive and isolated totalitarian state: Albania in the 1970s. A prisoner suspected of being an enemy agent is held by state security. An unsettling presence, though subjected to unimaginable torture he maintains an eerie silence. He escapes---and on the way to freedom, completes a mysterious mission. The prisoner is Dimiter, the American “agent from Hell.”

The scene shifts to Jerusalem, focusing on Hadassah Hospital and a cast of engaging, colorful characters: the brooding Christian Arab police detective, Peter Meral; Dr. Moses Mayo, a troubled but humorous neurologist; Samia, an attractive, sharp-tongued nurse; and assorted American and Israeli functionaries and hospital staff. All become enmeshed in a series of baffling, inexplicable deaths, until events explode in a surprising climax.

Told with unrelenting pace, Dimiter’s compelling, page-turning narrative is haunted by the search for faith and the truths of the human condition. Dimiter is William Peter Blatty's first full novel since the 1983 publication of Legion.

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About William Peter Blatty

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William Peter Blatty is a writer and filmmaker. The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay, for which he won an Academy Award. His most recent works include the novels Elsewhere, Dimiter, and Crazy.
Published March 11, 2010 by Forge Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Back at his office, the Interrogator reflects on his Prisoner, now identified as Dimiter, “the agent from Hell.” Blatty thereupon shifts to Jerusalem and Hadassah Hospital, scene of a murder, the miraculous recovery of a two-year-old from cancer and, “at the end of the hall, something black and q...

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New York Journal of Books

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The disjuncture of the remainder of the novel makes one suspect that Part One had been abandoned to a desk drawer and then picked up and extrapolated into a novel several years later.After the 70-page Part One, the novel shifts locations in Part Two to Jerusalem, where there is an almost uneventf...

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Book Reporter

In 1973, in a dark, damp and desolate concrete room in the basement of an Albanian prison --- a place where “grace and hope had never touched” and “even the dust in the air was heard shrieking” --- a man is interrogated and brutally tortured.

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Dimiter is so unhampered by the agonies of irony and self-awareness that it’s occasionally impossible to read with a straight face, as characters dream deep symbols and one-liners are delivered with the force of prophecy.

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USA Today

Try to recall an iconic horror novel turned into one of the scariest movies of all times, and chances are the first book to pop into your (spinning) head is The Exorcist.William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel brought him global fame.

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Dallas News

It's set in early 1970s Albania and Jerusalem, and it might - and let's emphasize that word, because truly, I'm still not sure - be about the religious conversion of an American spy named Paul Dimiter, who gets tortured in 1973 in Albania and then may or may not turn up dead, in Christ's alleged ...

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SF Site

William Peter Blatty, the writer of numerous novels and screenplays, is best known for his novel, The Exorcist.

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Nights and Weekends

That may be a good way to unwind on the drive home from work (though not if it lulls you so much that it makes you forget that you’re driving)—but it’s not the best if you’re trying to absorb the story.

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