Picks and Pans Review: Legion

updated 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by William Peter Blatty

There is a Washington, D.C. detective who uses a lot of Yiddish, calls people by famous names ("Joe DiMaggio" and "Toulouse-Lautrec," for instance), complains about his mother-in-law (who has put a fish in his tub so he can't bathe) and conducts an investigation into several grotesque, nonsensical murders: a 12-year-old paper carrier found dead with four spikes through his head; a priest decapitated in a confessional booth; and another priest and a nurse disposed of in even more gruesome fashion. This must be a sequel to Blatty's The Exorcist. One of the priests in Legion is named Karras, as was a character in the earlier book, and the detective was there too. Lucifer may—or may not—be the villain again. Everything is so confused that anything is possible. There is a psycho ward with several totally deranged people in it. The writing is terrible. It's hard to believe that a worse book will be published in 1983. (Simon & Schuster, $14.95)

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