Written by: Scotty
A young man is found crucified and decapitated with the mark of the Gemini on his left palm. The work of the Gemini killer as suspected by the police force, but this cannot be since the Gemini killer has been dead for over a decade. Lieutenant William Kinderman is called into to investigate the heinous crime. Kinderman is not alone in believing that there must be a reasonable explanation for this gruesome murder, but is unable to put his finger on it before leaving the scene of this gruesome murder, a boat house.
William Kinderman is a highly regarded member of the police force, even though he is getting high up in his years of service. Always speaking his mind and most of the time saying what he believes before his mind has a chance to stop him. This earned him a reputation of being senile around the department, even knowing this; Kinderman never let it affect his work. Father Joe Dyer knew this about the aging lieutenant, but would never hold it against him. The two had been friends for many years and had always been able to find common ground to stand on, even when their religions had to cross paths.
For a new murder has been called in, a priest was found decapitated in his confessional, yet none of the parishioners seemed to see anything. Kinderman is called to the scene once again, only to find the same M.O. as the youth suffered in the boat house. Trying to wrap his head around the two murders of two completely different victims, Kinderman turns to his friend Father Dyer once again. The father is laid up in the hospital, but willing to help as always. The father receives a new doctor, Vincent Amfortas, who is ready to retire to pursue his studies in pain suppression, but the first questioning by Kinderman left the doctor as a suspect, until the lieutenant saw a face from his past.
Blatty’s Legion takes you on a journey into the realm of faiths, beliefs and possession. Kinderman is challenged by an unknown force that will put him at odds with his department, friends and family. Without knowing who or when an attack will be coming or who the intended victim will be, Kinderman has to look deep inside of himself and try to think as his foe would to protect the next target.
Legion is a fantastic read, a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You get to see the world from the eyes of a disgruntled doctor, an aging lieutenant along with the spirit. When Kinderman asks the spirits name and the response is, ‘Legion, for we are many’, the hair still sticks up on the back of my neck. The novel will keep you thinking up to the very end of who the killer really is and how the murders were managed by one individual, even if he were supposedly locked up for the entirety.