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The Diabolist (Dominic Grey #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  806 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
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 st ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer (first published June 1st 2013)
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Bob Milne
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 thi
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Reading Layton Green makes me really angry at Dan Brown.

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. Sure it's possible Layton Green will get the recognition he deserves, and this might even the book that makes people stand up and take notice, but right now Dan Brown is probably laying on an ridic
Darcia Helle
I could not put this book down! First, the compelling, multidimensional characters immediately drew me into their world. I felt their emotions and saw things through their eyes. I wanted them to succeed, and this connection, for me, is the basis for a brilliant story.

The plot is complex, yet easy to follow. Layton Green's grasp of his subject matter is obvious throughout. While his research is vital here, the story never feels saturated with facts. Green doesn't feel the need to impress us with
Giovanni Gelati
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the characters, just love them. For me ,"The Diabolist" was the best read of this series to date.I did not want to put this down.Multi-layered, complex characters,great back story elements,one cannot ask for more in a read.Hhhmm, now do you think I suggest you read it...
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

I'm not at all surprised that Green has been picked up by Amazon's publishing imprint, Thomas and Mercer. I regarded both The Summoner and The Egyptian as unique and exciting thrillers and I am glad the author has gained recognition for his work.

The Diabolist is the third cleverly crafted novel in the series featuring Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek. In this installment, the investigator and the renowned phenomenologist are convinced that a series of bizarre murders of the worlds religious leader
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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, Layt
Jo Reason
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
The third in the Dominic Grey series is another hit, with some great background on Viktor which was great. The good thing is that you can read each book as a standalone. The other two books are reviewed on my blog, The Summoner and The Egyptian.
Another dark novel, with plenty of travel between San Francisco, Paris, New York, London and Sicily.
There are no grammatical or spelling mistakes.
There is plenty of background on the subject and the author, Layton Green has done plenty of research on h
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is my third review of a Dominic Grey book and, although the novel is a perfect standalone, I do recommed reading the previous installments.

All of them feature the Czech religious phenomenologist Viktor Radek and his resourceful colleague, Dominic Grey. Think Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but in the Grey series, Sherlock prefers absinthe to cocaine, and Watson is an expert in jujitsu and lock picking. First two novels were self-published and very well-received. Personally I concidered them one
Blood Rose Books
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Layton Green is one of my favorite indie authors who I first started reading in 2011. While I do think that overall this book could be read as a standalone novel, as there are very few references to the previous books other than a few sentences here and there, it is the character development in the previous books that would be missing in this series as well as quite a bit of Grey's back story. Plus I enjoyed both of the first two novels, so I personally think that you should pick them up. The fi ...more
When Layton emailed me about reviewing his new book, I happily agreed as I had enjoyed the first two books very much. He also mentioned that his books have been picked up Thomas and Mercer Publishing, an imprint of Amazon. They are publishing this one and will re-publish the first two which were self-published. I'm excited about that as I hope that a publisher will be able to give them the push and the PR that can be difficult for an author to do alone. Layton did a fantastic job on the first tw ...more
Jen Blood
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THE DIABOLIST is the third novel in Layton Green’s outstanding series featuring phenomenologist Viktor Radek and his resourceful colleague, Dominic Grey. Think Sherlock Holmes and Watson, but in the Grey series, Sherlock prefers absinthe to cocaine, and Watson is an expert in Jujutsu who knows 420 ways to kill you with his pinky toe. Add to that fascinating, well-researched cases and exotic locales the world over and you have a series that is fast becoming one of my favorites on the market today ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Posted First on Blog Critics as Book Review: The Diabolist by Layton Green

Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek are back in a no holds barred dark and suspenseful novel taking us back into the underworld of religion and it various offshoots. Private investigators, specializing in cults, they have drawn a dangerous murder that will test the very heart of their own conviction.

In The Diabolist by Layton Green, Grey and Radek are investigating the bizarre and almost supernatural death of a well-known Satani
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dominic Grey is back on another adventure with his boss, phenomenologist and cult expert Viktor Radek. This time they're investigating the murder of a Satanic priest who is burned alive by a robed figure who seems to appear and disappear before the eyes of several witnesses. When other religious leaders begin receiving letters from the murderer, condemning them to a similar death, Dominic and Viktor are determined to uncover the truth before more deaths occur.

The Diabolist by Layton Green is the
I received this book for free from Goodreads Giveaways.

Wow. I have never heard of this author before running across this book in the giveaways section on Goodreads. I don't know why, this book was awesome. I checked out reviews of all three books before I started reading this. The thing is, Green's fans are rabid fans. After reading this book I can see why.

You can tell by the amount of information that is given concerning locations and history that Green has done a lot of research. A lot. He go
Martin Hill
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Layton Green's The Diabolist is the third installment in his Dominic Grey series and, as far as I'm concerned, the best yet. Of course, I've only read the first three books of the series and there are two more, but I would be surprised if either of those could top this one.

Grey, a former U.S. Diplomatic Security Service agent, and his partner, professor of religious phenomenology Viktor Radek, make their living investigating dangerous cults. The leaders of two satanic cults mysteriously die at
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
The powers of evil may prove too much for Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek in The Diabolist by Layton Green.

The third book in the Dominic Grey series, The Diabolist brings forth a devious yet charismatic villain from Viktor’s past. The storyline weaves an introspective and philosophical look between good and evil. Dominic and Viktor traverse the world in search for clues and have their work cut out for them this time. The reader learns more about Viktor’s past and his on-going quest for truth. Vikt
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway, and I loved it! It was fast-paced and downright scary at times. I had not read the other two books in the series and could follow the story just fine. You could tell that the author did a lot of research into the religious cults and the occult when writing this book. Even after I finished, I could not stop thinking about the fascinating questions that came up in the story, "What is evil?" and "What is the origin of evil?" If you enjoy reading Dan Brown, ...more
Ava Rogers
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If Layton Green was a statue he would be an Oscar. Fortunately, he is one of the best authors out there. And The Diabolist pins us against our seats and thrusts us into Green's remarkable characters with a slant on the occult. Don't misunderstand. Green's talents lie in his intelligence and ability to craft a novel whose characters rage into the abyss and meet the Minotaur - a novel that races and rattles, and impinges on good and evil. An amazing book and an amazing author - don't miss The Summ ...more
Christine Mathisen
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Diabolist is full of suspense and action. I could not put the book down. It has a great storyline which keeps you interested. I couldn't stop reading it until I knew how it would end. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery book. I did not know this was the third book in the series but I do believe this could be read as a stand a lone also. It was not hard to follow and grasp the plot. Now I will have to read the other two books!
April Rohrer
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, and I'm enjoying the Dominic Grey series. He's a brooding, introverted investigator who keeps finding trouble. The stories are interesting with out of the ordinary subject matter (this one was about Devil worshippers). Interesting and pretty action packed reads with a hint of supernatural. While I'm enjoying the series, I wouldn't recommend it to most people, because it's pretty out there and really has to be your type of genre to enjoy it.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First, I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Now that is done, quite an enjoyable book, I will most definitely be picking up the previous two. I did find myself a tad annoyed with what I consider an over use of the word 'girl', there are though a handful of cases when he did use the word 'woman'. Children are boys and girls, adults are men and women. Outside of that, the book was truly enjoyable.
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and suspenseful search for the Satanic Priest thought to have committed grisly murders. Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, who are private investigators of cults, delve into satanic rituals and the inner workings of cults to uncover the murderer. Very exciting.
Fazlinda Thomas
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
As you can see, I've become a fan of this series. A lot of what's discussed in these books will make you stop and think about life. Looking forward to more adventures with Dominic and Viktor!
Book Info

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
ISBN 1611099846 (ISBN13: 9781611099843)
edition language English
characters Dominic Grey, Viktor Radek
setting San Francisco, California (United States)
Paris (France)
London, England (United Kingdom)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cult
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Depressingly interesting. Dystopian.
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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‘Religious phenomenology is simply anthropology of the mind’

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 dial
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eine düstere Gestalt, die wie aus dem Nichts auftaucht, das Opfer in Flammen setzt und genau so spurlos wieder verschwindet - so beginnt der neueste Ableger der "Dominic Grey Series" und bietet damit einen sehr spannenden Einstieg. Ist es etwas Übernatürliches oder das Böse im Menschen selbst, das hier seine Finger im Spiel hat? Auf diese Frage wird der Leser zusammen mit Ermittler Dominic Grey und dem Religionsspezialisten Viktor Radek angesetzt, denn die Toten sind allesamt Mitglieder von sata ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve enjoyed this series from the very beginning. The combination of religious studies, private detectives, and international intrigue suck me in every time. This latest entry in the series does not fail to deliver, bringing once again the perfect combination of religious philosophy, mystery, and private detective intrigue.

This entry brings us back to the more mystical origins of the series. Rather than biomedicine as in the second book, what’s involved here is ancient occultism and what may or
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This third book in the series continues to develop the characters and add to their backstory. This was another interesting combination of a detective story and a supernatural thriller. Well written and engaging.
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed
This review first appeared on my blog:

The Dominic Grey series has been picked up by Amazon's Thomas and Mercer imprint, which goes to show, yet again, that if your book is good enough, even if you start out self-publishing, someone is going to notice!

In this third-in-series novel, the reader travels with Dominic Grey (our tough guy) and Victor Radek (our absinthe-addicted cult phenomenolist) from San Francisco to England to Paris and Italy on the trail of
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Layton Green writes in multiple genres and is the author of the bestselling Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award), optioned for film, and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The fourth Dominic G ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dominic Grey (5 books)
  • The Summoner (Dominic Grey, #1)
  • The Egyptian (Dominic Grey, #2)
  • The Shadow Cartel (Dominic Grey, #4)
  • The Resurrector (Dominic Grey, #6)

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