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Dimiter by William Peter Blatty

Dimiter (2010)

by William Peter Blatty

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The Redemption (published elsewhere as Dimiter) is a spy thriller with very little in relation to the topics of Blattys other works. Set during the cold war period the novel starts in Albania with a spy named Paul Dimiter being tortured by the authorities.

A year later and a whole series of events are being investigated by a Policeman called Peter Meral, is there a link between these and Dimiter? And if there is, can he find it?

I found this book at times very slow, and the plot occasionaly incoherent. It has been praised as Blatty's best work, but I don't think it can hold a light to his earlier offerings. Or maybe I just expected something different. ( )
  Bridgey | Feb 28, 2017 |
The author weaves it slow so you are left in the dark for much of the time but the story and the characters are developed so well after a short time you are well consumed. ( )
  Roonshad | Aug 10, 2010 |
Dimiter. William Peter Blatty. 2010. Blatty, author of The Exorcist, has written a novel that is a weird mix of religion, espionage, and detection. The book opens with a mystery man being tortured in Albania and then moves to an Israel. The police struggle to solve a series of strange murders that you know are connected in some way with the man being tortured in Albania. The reader doesn’t understand what is happening until last chapter so you read on faith that the book will make sense. And it does. It is a short compelling book, but not for everyone. Reviewers on Amazon either seem to love it or hate it. We saw Blatty interviewed on The World over Live and were impressed with him and decided to read the book. ( )
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Blatty’s greatest strength has also always been his most mockable weakness: his complete, unabashed sincerity. Dimiter is so unhampered by the agonies of irony and self-awareness that it’s occasionally impossible to read with a straight face, as characters dream deep symbols and one-liners are delivered with the force of prophecy. And yet that same unwinking intensity gives the story its power.
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William Peter Blatty has thrilled generations of readers with his iconic mega-bestseller The Exorcist. Now Blatty gives us Dimiter, a riveting story of murder, revenge, and suspense. Laced with themes of faith and love, sin and forgiveness, vengeance and compassion, it is a novel in the grand tradition of Morris West’s The Devil’s Advocate and the Catholic novels of Graham Greene.

Dimiter opens in the world’s most oppressive and isolated totalitarian state: Albania in the 1970s. A prisoner suspected of being an enemy agent is held by state security. An unsettling presence, though subjected to unimaginable torture he maintains an eerie silence. He escapes---and on the way to freedom, completes a mysterious mission. The prisoner is Dimiter, the American “agent from Hell.”

The scene shifts to Jerusalem, focusing on Hadassah Hospital and a cast of engaging, colorful characters: the brooding Christian Arab police detective, Peter Meral; Dr. Moses Mayo, a troubled but humorous neurologist; Samia, an attractive, sharp-tongued nurse; and assorted American and Israeli functionaries and hospital staff. All become enmeshed in a series of baffling, inexplicable deaths, until events explode in a surprising climax.

Told with unrelenting pace, Dimiter’s compelling, page-turning narrative is haunted by the search for faith and the truths of the human condition. Dimiter is William Peter Blatty's first full novel since the 1983 publication of Legion.

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As state security in 1970s Albania tortures a prisoner named Dimiter, known as the American "agent from hell," the staff at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital becomes enmeshed in a series of unexplainable deaths, until events explode in a surprising climax.… (more)

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