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The Devil Aspect

(2019)
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"A blood-pumping, nerve-shredding thriller - elegant, edgy, ingenious. Craig Russell conjures not one but two unforgettable settings: Prague between the wars, pulsing with menace, and a Gothic mental asylum, as exciting a house of horrors as I've ever visited. You'll enter both with dread. You'll dwell in them with relish." (A. J. Finn, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Woman in the Window)

Prague, 1935: Viktor Kosarek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The state-of-the-art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations. The asylum houses the country's six most treacherous killers - known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon - and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect. As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth.

Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers), realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier - London's Jack the Ripper. Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum.

Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this stylishly written, tightly coiled, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to pause.

"A tour de force: a clever and visceral thriller with a one-two-three knockout of an ending that left me dazed. The brooding backdrop of a Czechoslovakia on the brink of World War II just adds another layer of atmosphere to an already nightmarish read." (Lincoln Child, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Deep Storm)

"One of the most memorable thrillers of the year; it's also unique: the premise is strikingly original, and the mood created by the juxtaposition of the patients' memories and the real-time horrors is utterly chilling." (Booklist, starred review)

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A tour de force: a clever and visceral thriller with a one-two-three knockout of an ending that left me dazed. The brooding backdrop of a Czechoslovakia on the brink of World War II just adds another layer of atmosphere to an already nightmarish read." - Lincoln Child

"Deep, dark, and twisty, The Devil Aspect will keep you up all night reading . . . With all the lights on. Russell has created a gripping masterpiece of a thriller!" - Alex Grecian


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Devil Aspect: The Strange Truth Behind the Occurrences at Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 1-4328-6548-X / 978-1-4328-6548-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Devil Aspect: 'A blood-pumping, nerve-shredding thriller'
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 1-4721-2835-4 / 978-1-4721-2835-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Devil Aspect: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 0-385-54436-7 / 978-0-385-54436-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

January 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Devil Aspect: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 0-525-56478-0 / 978-0-525-56478-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Devil Aspect: 'A blood-pumping, nerve-shredding thriller'
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 1-4721-2833-8 / 978-1-4721-2833-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Devil Aspect: 'A blood-pumping, nerve-shredding thriller'
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 1-4721-2834-6 / 978-1-4721-2834-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Audio Editions

September 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Devil Aspect
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 1-4450-8270-5 / 978-1-4450-8270-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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September 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Devil Aspect
Author(s): Craig Russell
ISBN: 1-4450-8271-3 / 978-1-4450-8271-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Devil Aspect
Author(s): Craig Russell
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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March 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Devil Aspect
Author(s): Craig Russell
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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March 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Devil Aspect
Author(s): Craig Russell
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Devil Aspect: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Russell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Devil Aspect: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Russell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Devil Aspect: 'A blood-pumping, nerve-shredding thriller'
Author(s): Craig Russell
Publisher: Constable
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March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Devil Aspect: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Russell
Publisher: Anchor
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