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The Demonologist

C+

The Demonologist

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Author: Andrew Pyper; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

David Ullman, a Columbia professor with a Paradise Lost fixation, must study John Milton’s epic poem to save his daughter from a genuine demon. It’s a paint–by–Da Vinci Code setup, but this supernatural potboiler is simultaneously more and less than a Dan Brown rip-off. More, because Pyper pushes Ullman to the brink of madness and despair. Less, because the story itself is a momentum-free meander. The Demonologist is about a skeptic becoming a believer, but it’s tough to have faith in Pyper’s plotting when he depends so much on inexplicable coincidences and silly clues. C+

Originally posted March 1 2013 — 12:00 AM EST

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