The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
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In terms of pure scares, I would only give this book three diapers out of five, but then I’m a desensitized freak. I dare you to read it. The Demonologist might just scare the lit out of you.
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**WINNER OF THE 2014 THRILLER AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL**

Fans of The Historian won’t be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.

Professor David Ullman is among the world’s leading authorities on demonic literature, with special expertise in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Not that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing more. So when the mysterious Thin Woman arrives at his office and invites him to travel to Venice and witness a “phenomenon,” he turns her down. She leaves plane tickets and an address on his desk, advising David that her employer is not often disappointed.

That evening, David’s wife announces she is leaving him. With his life suddenly in shambles, he impulsively whisks his beloved twelve-year-old daughter, Tess, off to Venice after all. The girl has recently been stricken by the same melancholy moods David knows so well, and he hopes to cheer her up and distract them both from the troubles at home.

But what happens in Venice will change everything.

First, in a tiny attic room at the address provided by the Thin Woman, David sees a man restrained in a chair, muttering, clearly insane… but could he truly be possessed? Then the man speaks clearly, in the voice of David’s dead father, repeating the last words he ever spoke to his son. Words that have left scars—and a mystery—behind.

When David rushes back to the hotel, he discovers Tess perched on the roof’s edge, high above the waters of the Grand Canal. Before she falls, she manages to utter a final plea: Find me.

What follows is an unimaginable journey for David Ullman from skeptic to true believer. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David must track the demon that has captured his daughter and discover its name. If he fails, he will lose Tess forever.
 

About Andrew Pyper

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Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of six internationally bestselling novels. Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and appeared on the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists. The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist, are in active development for feature film.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Matthew J. Trafford on Mar 08 2013

The use of quotations from Paradise Lost and the vestigial thriller elements in the novel invite comparisons to Dan Brown — but this is much closer to Stephen King, right down to the psychology employed...

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Reviewed by Mark Medley on Mar 01 2013

The Demonologist is a literary horror story that values smarts over scares, though there are plenty of both.

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Above average
Reviewed by Matthew J. Trafford on Mar 08 2013

In terms of pure scares, I would only give this book three diapers out of five, but then I’m a desensitized freak. I dare you to read it. The Demonologist might just scare the lit out of you.

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