The Devil's Labyrinth

John Saul, Author
John Saul, Author . Ballantine $25.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-48703-2
Reviewed on: 06/04/2007
Release date: 07/01/2007

Bestseller Saul (Suffer the Children ) links an exorcism of the devil with a plot to kill the pope in this over-the-top religious thriller. When thugs at a Boston public high school savagely beat 16-year-old Ryan McIntyre, who's struggling with the death of his father in Iraq, Ryan's mother transfers him to a Catholic school. At St. Isaac's Preparatory Academy, where a student's disappearance and other bizarre events have caused worry, a popular priest, Father Sebastian, takes a special interest in the newcomer. When word reaches the Vatican that Sebastian may have revived a long-lost rite to invoke the primitive evil latent even in the most innocent, the supreme pontiff himself plans a visit to St. Isaac's. Those looking for a more subtle treatment of a similar theme might prefer Whitley Strieber's The Night Church , but Saul fans should be satisfied. (July)

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