The Demonologist (2013) 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… 2013-03-05 Mystery and Thriller Simon & Schuster
Book Review

The Demonologist (2013)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Mar 05, 2013; Writer: Andrew Pyper; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; 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 Feb 27, 2013 Published in issue #1249 Mar 08, 2013 Order article reprints