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William Peter Blatty is the author of the bestselling The Exorcist, as well as several other novels. He lives in America.
THE REDEMPTION 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, he maintains an eerie silence though subjected to unimaginable torture. 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 unusual characters. All become enmeshed in a series of baffling, inexplicable deaths, until events explode in a surprising climax.
I was buying for a wholesale company when this first came out and placed a moderate order for it. Then I went to a private view of the film. It is the only time I have ever left such an event and doubled my order. The plot of demonic possession is probably well-known by everyone but the thing this book gives you, besides a hair-raising experience, is a deeper understanding of the Jesuit priest himself and his vision of life and death. This is genuinely scary stuff.