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The Ninth Configuration

William Peter Blatty

Tor Books

Hidden away in a brooding Gothic manor in the deep woods is Center Eighteen, a secret military “rest camp” currently housing twenty-seven inmates, all officers who have succumbed to a sudden outbreak of mental illness. Have the men truly lost their minds, are they only pretending to be insane to avoid combat, or is some more sinister conspiracy at work?

Desperate for answers, the Pentagon has placed a brilliant Marine psychiatrist in charge of the base and its deranged occupants. A man of deep faith and compassion, Colonel Kane hopes to uncover the root of the men’s bizarre obsessions. But as Center Eighteen descends into chaos, Kane finds the greatest challenge may be his own buried demons. . . .

The basis of an acclaimed 1980 film (also known as Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane), William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration is a thought-provoking, blackly comic journey into the heart of madness—and the outer limits of belief.

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The mansion was isolated and Gothic, massive, trapped in a wood, grotesque. It crouched beneath the stars under clustered spires like something enormous and deformed, unable to hide, wanting to sin. Its gargoyles grinned at the forest pressing in on it thickly all around. For a time nothing moved. Dawn sifted in. Thin fall sunlight pried at the morning entombed within the arborescent gloom, and fog curled up from rotted leaves like departing souls, dry and weak. In the breeze, a creaking shutter moaned for Duncan and a haunted crow coughed hoarsely in a meadow far aw
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“It’s a metaphysical murder mystery and a cosmic love story. You have never read anything quite like it.” —Santa Monica Evening Outlook

“Fasten your seat belt before opening this book!” —Associated Press
 
“A work of extraordinary imagination.” —San Antonio Express

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  • William Peter Blatty

  • WILLIAM PETER BLATTY has written numerous novels and screenplays, and is best known for his mega-bestselling novel The Exorcist. He has won three Golden Globes and he also won the Academy Award for his screenplay of The Exorcist. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Julie, and son Paul.

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The Ninth Configuration

William Peter Blatty

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