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Summary

Six confined psychopaths. A killer on the loose.   

1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics - the so-called 'Devil's Six' - are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell, and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets.  

At the same time, a terrifying killer known as 'Leather Apron' is butchering victims across Prague. Successfully eluding capture, it would seem his depraved crimes are committed by the devil himself. Maybe they are...and what links him with the insane inmates of the Castle of the Eagles? Only the devil knows. And it is up to Viktor to find out.   

©2019 Craig Russell (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Deep, dark, and twisty...a gripping masterpiece of a thriller!" (Alex Grecian, New York Times best-selling author of The Yard

"A superior thriller, at once stylish, absorbing and compulsive...a taut and chilling tale, expertly crafted...I was gripped from the very first page right up to that haunting denouement." (Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh)  

"A Gothic masterpiece in psychological horror and creeping dread, The Devil Aspect is as disturbing as it is compelling. Be prepared to read it in one sitting - and to sleep with the lights on for a long time to come." (Neil Broadfoot, author of No Man's Land)

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European folk law meets dark analogy

Painstakingly researched and highly detailed. And as relevant today as much as in 1936 Czechoslovakia, when it is set. I liked its references to 1888 London and Jack the Ripper as well as the many references back to Mediaeval folk law and history. And though I spotted the twist in the tale well before it arrived it didn't spoil what came later.
Is the Devil's greatest trick that he has convinced us he doesn't exist..? I still don't know even after this listen...

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Intelligent dark thriller

Deeply dark and disturbing, superb historical thriller intertwined with central European folklore! My first read of a Craig Russell book and certainly not my last.

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wow and more wow!

This kept me in suspense from start to finish and now I have no idea what to read next. Highly recommended!

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Its a grower

I am a big Lennox fan and managed to pick up the Devil Aspect in a BOGOF deal.

I thought that the book started quite slowly but after a few hours i was pretty much hooked and the level of detail about the devil and the historic facts are outstanding.

Nice twist at the end

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A Great story brought to life by a great story teller, I thoroughly recommend the book.

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Quite a deep story to get into , but worth it.

A very historical story about madness and its many afflictions. I like the twists and turns throughout. well read by the narrator... well done. Really puts you in the moment.

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Great story, great performance, unexplained skipping

I wasn’t expecting all that much from this but I enjoyed it immensely. It’s very well written and extremely well performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt HOWEVER when I was listening to it the audio would randomly stop in the middle of one part and begin again a chapter or two ahead without even a seconds difference, leaving me a little confused by the end as I had missed several seemingly crucial points, with which I was disappointed.

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Absolutely Brilliant

I’ve been with audible since 2010 and this is the best story I’ve listened to so far. For me, it was perfect. Brilliantly written, perfectly narrated. Dark, twisted and creepy AF! Genuinely terrifying in places, and wow! What an ending.

I’ve read/listened to all of Russell’s Lennox series and Jan Fabel series and loved them, particularly because they were read by Sean Barrett and I was disappointed that there weren’t any more from Russell read by Barrett, but I took a chance on this and I think Julian Rhynd-Tutt surpassed even Barrett’s talents in this one. He has the perfect voice for this story and drove the character development quite wonderfully, like the voice of a darkly twisted nightmare

I was listening to this one night with headphones as I drifted off to sleep. I awoke at some point in the night with the voice of Mr Hobbs in my ears and it scared the bejesus out of me! I’m fifty years old and have been reading roughly sixty to a hundred books a year for over a decade and this was the first time a book has ever genuinely put the frighteners on me! Couldn’t stop listening and didn’t want it to end

Bravo Messers Russell and Tutt. I cannot wait fir the next one from these two