When I read the synopsis for this book, my first thought was 'The Da Vinci Code'. Too many of the plot strands and locations seemed the same for the book to be anything other than a rip off of Dan Brown's bestseller. Guess what? I was wrong. Any chapter of Layton Green's novel contains more originality than Brown's entire book. While 'The Da Vinci Code' was a well-researched, tightly plotted novel by numbers, it lacked flair. Not so with 'The Diabolist', a fearless adventure that defies genre. There are prophecies, magic, Satanism, innovative characters, philosophical insights, action, travel, intrigue, cloak-and-dagger subterfuge, absinthe-crazed drunkenness and much more.
'The Diabolist' is the third Dominic Grey novel. I haven't read the first two, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of this one. At no point did I find myself playing catchup or wondering about a reference. I will, based on my enjoyment of this novel, go back and read the first two in the series.
A wild ride.