The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty

By William Peter Blatty

Published in 1967 after which largely revised in 1978, The 9th Configuration is an engaging examine insanity, philosophy, and the character of non secular trust. either The 9th Configuration and Twinkle, Twinkle 'Killer' Kane were out of print for many years, yet this new version combines either novels with a protracted essay via Mark Kermode.

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By William Peter Blatty

Published in 1967 after which largely revised in 1978, The 9th Configuration is an engaging examine insanity, philosophy, and the character of non secular trust. either The 9th Configuration and Twinkle, Twinkle 'Killer' Kane were out of print for many years, yet this new version combines either novels with a protracted essay via Mark Kermode.

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De Sade turned. One of the smart suits stood there, the guy. “And you’d want to know because, why? ” The man smiled and produced his badge. “FBI Special Agent Davies, New York Field Office. ” De Sade knew he was on shaky ground if it came to a jurisdictional fight, serial killings often became the province of the FBI. Davies understood the situation too. ” That was encouraging, de Sade thought. So what did they really want? The second victim, Emily Johannsen had pointed them in the direction of a Russian connection.

Agent Ward mentioned it earlier. You’re suggesting that he signs his own signature to the murders, that’s quite a jump. Kind of like holding up his hand and saying ‘look, everybody, this is my handiwork’. It’s too pat, too easy. ” “Wait until you meet him, he’s an arrogant son of a bitch. He thinks he’s cleverer than all of us, he can do whatever he wants. Look at Dennis Rader, another arrogant SOB, he was undone by his arrogance. ” De Sade remembered the case. Rader couldn’t stand someone else taking his credit.

It also worked away some of the tension of the day. De Sade finished off with a hard twenty minutes on the treadmill and rinsed off the last of the day’s woes in an ice-cold shower. Then he settled in his armchair with a book and another Schneider Kristall beer. It was a book about chess, or rather about a chess player. It was time to beat Samuel Aaronssen at his own game, maybe Fischer had some tips for him. The book was entitled ‘Endgame, Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall’. Supposedly it unlocked the mind of the chess wizard, what made the eccentric genius tick and more importantly, what his winning secrets were.

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