The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
Books / March 4, 2019

“The greatest danger in seeking out the Devil, my dear doctor, is that you might find him” 1930s Czechoslovakia , Dr Viktor Kosarek is on his way to begin a new job at the Hrad Orlu Asylum for the criminally insane, home of 6 Patients know as the Devils Six. Kaptain Lukas Smolak is investigating a series of killings, people being butchered by the “Leather apron” a killer who appears to be targeting German nationals and has disturbing similarities to Jack the Ripper. The asylum is as high tech as money can buy and Viktor begins to treat his patients with new untried methods, to reach into their psyches like never before. WW2 and Nazi Germany simmer throughout this book and the Village around the asylum feels like an unwelcoming place, the locals scared and close knit, occult rumblings , local myths and legends strong in the community, outsiders from the Asylum are not welcome. Straight from the outset you can feel the brooding gothic atmospheric way this book is written. The writing is superb dealing with Mental health and phycosis at any time must be hard to write about, but basing it 1930s Eastern Europe must be infinitely more…