The devil aspect : the strange truth behind the occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the criminally insane : a novel / Craig Russell.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates--the country's most depraved murderers--while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Czechoslovakia, 1935. Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist, takes his new post at Hrad Orlů Asylum. The mountain-top asylum for the criminally insane houses only six inmates-- the country's most depraved murderers. Meanwhile, in Prague, police investigator Lukáš Smolák struggles to understand a brutal serial killer known as "Leather Apron" who has spread fear through the city... and who may have ties to the asylum. -- adapted from jacket.
    • ISBN:
      9780385544368
      0385544367
    • Accession Number:
      2018034118
    • Accession Number:
      on1047576173
      1047576173
    • Accession Number:
      fay.645191
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    • ABNT:
      RUSSELL, C. The devil aspect : the strange truth behind the occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the criminally insane : a novel. [s. l.]: Doubleday, 2019. ISBN 9780385544368. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191. Acesso em: 15 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Russell C. The Devil Aspect : The Strange Truth behind the Occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the Criminally Insane : A Novel. Doubleday; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191. Accessed December 15, 2019.
    • APA:
      Russell, C. (2019). The devil aspect : the strange truth behind the occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the criminally insane : a novel. Doubleday. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Russell, Craig. 2019. The Devil Aspect : The Strange Truth behind the Occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the Criminally Insane : A Novel. Doubleday. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191.
    • Harvard:
      Russell, C. (2019) The devil aspect : the strange truth behind the occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the criminally insane : a novel. Doubleday. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191 (Accessed: 15 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Russell, C 2019, The devil aspect : the strange truth behind the occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the criminally insane : a novel, Doubleday, viewed 15 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Russell, Craig. The Devil Aspect : The Strange Truth behind the Occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the Criminally Insane : A Novel. Doubleday, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Russell, Craig. The Devil Aspect : The Strange Truth behind the Occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the Criminally Insane : A Novel. Doubleday, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Russell C. The devil aspect : the strange truth behind the occurrences at Hrad Orlů Asylum for the criminally insane : a novel [Internet]. Doubleday; 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 15]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.645191

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1

*Starred Review* Young psychiatrist Viktor Kosárek leaves Prague for a position at Hrad Orlu, an ancient castle that has had many uses over the centuries. The forbidding structure now houses the Devil's Six, Czechoslovakia's worst criminals—a woman who is a strict vegetarian except when she's a cannibal, for example, and a serial killer who spent days torturing a family (gory violence is meticulously and calmly described by these patients, making it all the more frightening). Kosárek uses sedatives to coax from the six their innermost motivations, the causes of their awful deeds, which he calls the "devil aspect." Evil prowls outside the walls, too, as Kosárek has left a city that is in the grip of a serial killer's terror, and Hitler is making his rise to power. Award-winning Scottish author Russell makes his American debut here, and it's not only 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. Readers will eagerly await other books by the author becoming available stateside. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 October #2

In 1935, Jung-trained psychiatrist Viktor Kosárek arrives at the Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane near Prague, where he tries to prove that the six vicious killers there share an archetype called the Devil Aspect. Meanwhile, the Prague police need help finding a serial killer imitating Jack the Ripper. From a Scottish author who won the CWA Dagger in the Library.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 January #2

What if a Jack the Ripper copycat was at work in 1935 Czechoslovakia? That's the premise of this sensational serial killer novel, Scottish author Russell's U.S. debut, in which twists are both jaw-dropping and logical. Kapitán Lukás Smolák of the Prague Police is desperate to catch the fiend known as Leather Apron, who has been butchering prostitutes in ways that mimic the Ripper's methods. When a respectable, upper-class woman is slain, Smolák fears the motive is related to the victims' Czech-German ethnicity. Meanwhile, psychiatrist Viktor Kosárek arrives at Hrad Orlu Asylum, situated in an isolated gothic castle that was supposedly constructed to block a literal gateway to hell. The asylum houses the Devil's Six, murderers who all claim that they were compelled to commit their crimes by a demonic figure. Kosárek hopes to employ new hypnotic drugs on the patients to validate his theories regarding archetypes. Russell integrates the period's political tensions into a mind-blowing story line that will appeal to fans of Caleb Carr and Thomas Harris. Agent: Esmond Harmsworth, Aevitas Creative Management (U.K.). (Mar.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.