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The Diabolist
by Layton Green

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THE DIABOLIST – (Dominic Grey #3)

Cover image of the book 'The Diabolist' by author Layton GreenIn 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 instalment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.

Cover image of the book 'The Diabolist' by author Layton Green


Photograph of author Layton GreenIn addition to writing, Layton Green has held down a diverse and varied array of jobs over the years, although he actually attended law school in New Orleans, qualified 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, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton is, as you may have gathered, a prolific traveller, having visited more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them and still carries a burning desire to visit every far flung dot on the map.

Religion and cults, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest, together with a long-term passion for Japanese Jujitsu.

Combine all of these elements together and it isn’t too difficult to see just where Layton found his inspiration for the character of Dominic Grey and the storylines for this excellent series of adventures.

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Cover image of the book 'The Diabolist' by author Layton Green


“They called themselves the House of Lucifer. Thirty minutes before midnight High Priest Matthias Gregory swung wide the doors to Red Abbey, and one by one the members filed inside.

The interior was a Gothic-inspired mockery of its Catholic counterpart: the crimson walls and vaulted ceiling hovered over the aisles with garish menace, pentagrams served as stained glass windows, an inverted crucifix hung on the wall behind the pulpit. Guttered candles lit the interior with a red glow, and Matthias had to admit the architects had achieved the desired effect: He felt as if he were walking straight into the mouth of Hell”

Cover image of the book 'The Diabolist' by author Layton Green


“Grey’s own shihan had insisted that respect came before all else; no one should learn how to harm another human being before learning how to value one”


“What is there to fear except a life unlived”


“True honesty was a myth anyway, he mused. No one revealed the entirety of self”


“It’s difficult to help those who refuse to help themselves”

Cover image of the book 'The Diabolist' by author Layton Green


‘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 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.

I constantly found my views and opinions challenged and not all my questions answered, as I was drawn into Dominic and Victor’s arcane and introspective world. The partnership between the two men, is a relatively new one, which to me, cannot yet be described as a friendship, as the level of trust and open dialogue are not quite transparent enough and not all thoughts and ideas are shared. Both men are loners, used to keeping well buried secrets, carrying deeply entrenched beliefs and having emotions still raw and sometimes barely controlled.

As this, the third case on which the two companions embark together, unfolds, the communication between them is still sporadic and very much incomplete, which this time, places both their own lives and those of others in danger. As Layton peels back the layers of their introspection, he begins the process of uniting them, building on their tenuous trust and has them sharing personal and private information.

This case is special and by far their most dangerous to date, as Viktor’s own life is threatened explicitly when his nemesis decides to make things very personal. A long ago, but never to be forgotten love triangle, is laid bare, with unhealed wounds and old grudges brought very much to the forefront of a plan to rewrite religion on a global scale!

A challenge to all you Dan Brown fans out there – Try this book and you’ll be hooked – There’ll be no going back!!

Image Of Author Layton Green - Updated September 2017

As The Diabolist was a review request, a complimentary Kindle download was sent to me by its author, Layton Green.

This in no way influenced any comments I may have expressed about the book, in any blog article I have posted. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

I personally do not agree with ‘rating’ a book, as the overall experience is all a matter of personal taste, which varies from reader to reader. However some review sites do demand a rating value, so when this review is posted to such a site, it will attract a 5 out of 5.

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    • Hi Tracy,

      I really don’t think you will be disappointed with any of Layton’s books!

      Whether you are really deeply involved with matters of an occult or satanic nature, or simply have a passing interest in them as the premise for a great story, the books are sure to grab you and not let you go until the very last page has been turned!

      Thanks for the kind words about the review, I value your opinion.

      Have a good weekend.

  • First of all, I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Isn’t it wonderful to discover authors we really like, anxiously awaiting each new book!

    I read Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ when it first came out and enjoyed it quite a bit. The film version wasn’t too bad, either (despite Tom Hanks’ bad hair). However, the movie version of ‘Angels & Demons’ didn’t impress me enough to go back and read that book, nor have I had the desire to read anything else of his.

    I’m not really comfortable dipping into the occult or Satanism for personal reasons, so I will pass on this – despite your very tempting review.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Layton is definitely an author I shall be following for as long as the books remain such riveting and tantalizing reads.

      I don’t have any real personal interest in either the occult, Satanism. or any of the other black magic sects which Layton has included in his three books to date. I’m afraid that I tend to take them pretty much at face value, for the amazing stories they engender, although I have found myself stopping to think about some of the issues the books throw up and wondering just what my ideals about them, really are!

      I only read a small portion of the ‘Da Vinci Code’ and watched a short extract of the film, which was enough to know that I am never going to be a huge Dan Brown fan anytime soon! Many friends and colleagues seem to rate Brown’s latest offering ‘Inferno’, so I may get around to checking it out one of these days!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on a post which doesn’t particularly appeal to you, I really appreciate your thoughts.

  • I haven’t read any of Layton Green’s work but he sounds like an author I’m sorely missing out on! Not only does he appear to be a fantastic author but also is quite a character – 50 countries, wow! Thanks for exposing me to this author.

    • Hi Jade,

      I can’t imagine ever being that well travelled and given the amount of conflict around the World, I am really not that sure that I want to be that badly!! Hubbie on the other hand, used to travel all over the World with his previous job and when we actually sat and listed all the places he had stopped at, the stats were pretty mind blowing! … Can you imagine a story swapping session between the two of them!! LOL

      If you are in any way interested in great tales of the occult, cults and stories with Satanic tendencies, then you are definitely missing out on a great author and one I can really recommend that you should try.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, it is always good to catch up with you.

  • Glad you enjoyed this one, it sounds very good. That quote especially: What is there to fear except a life unlived….is a great one.
    I enjoy a book that can scare me and I like that there’s suspense and even an old love triangle in here as well.
    Although, I am not a fan of Dan Brown’s. I tried reading his work and it just didn’t stick.
    Great review!

    • Hi Naida,

      I too, am not a huge fan of Dan Brown’s style of writing, although strangely enough hubbie, who isn’t a fiction reader at all, really got into his books and loved the films!

      Layton’s stories will really give you the creeps and they definitely challenged my views on so many aspects of traditional religion. This is definitely a love triangle like no other and there can certainly never be a happy outcome for anyone!!

      I found it so difficult to single out any one particularly profound quote, as Layton also has a unique ability with meaningful words, perhaps that is part of his jiujitsu training.

      I always appreciate your thoughtful comments and hope that you are well.

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