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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781400176380
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In this icy noir from a master of American fiction, the darkest secrets are the ones we keep hidden from ourselves. Ben Dibbuk has a good job, an accomplished wife, a bright college-age daughter, and a patient young mistress. Even as he goes through the motions of everyday life, however, inside he feels nothing. The explanation for this emotional void lies in the years he spent as a blacked-out drunk before pulling his life together—years in which he knows he committed acts he doesn't remember. Then a woman from his past turns up at a gala for his wife's new gig at a magazine called Diablerie and makes it clear that she remembers something he doesn't. Their encounter sets wheels in motion that will propel Dibbuk toward new knowledge and perhaps the chance to feel again. With the same erotic force as Killing Johnny Fry but grounded in a far darker vision of human nature, Diablerie is a transfixing new novel from one of our most powerful writers. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The talented and uncompromising Walter Mosley has earned the right to write whatever he pleases.”

    Washington Post

  • This is Mosley at his deepest and best, scratching away the faces we wear to reveal the person behind the masks. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • Diablerie…shows a writer still interested in pushing his considerable talents, unbound by genre or commercial expectations.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Mosley’s latest focuses on big issues—identity, race, class, love, sex, guilt, alcoholism—with a composed, terrifying clarity.”

    Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/16/2014

    " I love Mosley's consistently tweaked characters... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arburtha | 2/15/2014

    " This is a very unusual book. The main character is so at odds with himself all the time. He doesn't feel anything for those who care for him yet he does seem to be upset with himself for feeling nothing!! In the end to find out that he really did do the deed and it caused a self awaking was different, not so much the self awaking, but the reason behind it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaShaune | 1/14/2014

    " started out as a page-turner and then it...just ended. Such a disappointment for Mr. Mosley. But then again, they can't all be great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/14/2014

    " Very graphic... but a quick read and thrilling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't really think I'd like this book but I really did. It was a fast read and pretty exciting. I like how the author got into the main character's mind. It was definitely a psychological thriller (not quite the right word). Now I'd like to read Killing Johnny Fry if I can find it somewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/5/2014

    " Quite a change from Mosley's Easy Rawlins books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/8/2013

    " Although I didn't like his most famous book, Devil in a Blue Dress, I found this quite good. It's a psychological thriller of sorts. A little sexually graphic though so if that offends, stay away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny Gaalswyk | 12/1/2013

    " Just a weird book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.J. Davidson | 11/25/2013

    " I was a bit disappointed by this novella. It lacks author voice in the way I expect from a Mosley book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek Emerson | 11/23/2013

    " A bit thin in details, which is not uncommon for Mosley. It was okay, but I would not recommend it as one of his better books to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryden Mcgarry | 11/8/2013

    " Once again Walter Mosley does it. He is a master at his craft. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Akilah | 5/2/2013

    " It's clear that I can finish any Walter Mosley book because the man can definitely write. At the end of this, though, I just felt dissatisfied and also kind of empty inside. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Micah | 1/29/2013

    " This book is a total mess. I understand what Walter was going for, but I just couldn't get behind it. There's not a single likable character in the book. That's not true, but 84% at least of the characters are just toxicly bad. So I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger | 9/23/2012

    " I enjoyed the candid talk of sex life, and the interesting characters in the book. Mosley has great descriptive language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 7/22/2012

    " This was a gritty, honest crime novel, where really for most of the novel the crime takes a backseat. Good characterisation with an interesting plot. Really enjoyed it I will definitely consider reading more of Walter Mosley in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/22/2012

    " A slick whodunit that is intricate, innocent, and anything but common. Mosley's interweaving of characters makes you continue to turn the page as the end unravels only at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha Mincey | 6/21/2012

    " I agree with some of the other readers great book the end was sped up which made it suck "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 10/2/2011

    " Not my gup of tea. Too much graphic sex -- too dark! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Toney | 9/25/2011

    " It has an interesting story, but spends a lot of time developing the plot and not quite enough concluding it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alires | 6/21/2011

    " i was not ready to hear what I heard...there is a lot of sex in this book. I was not aware of Walter Mosley as an erotic writer. I am halfway through, will share my thoughts on this experiment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 4/12/2011

    " Bad writing, bad reading, bad metaphors, just bad. He even made the sex sound bad. "grinding carnal abandon" Sorry Walter can't finish it. Total crap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryden | 4/10/2011

    " Once again Walter Mosley does it. He is a master at his craft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/5/2011

    " A book very like and quite unlike other Mosley books I have read. The central characters are as dark and flawed and human, but they are somehow different from some of his other characters - more coarse. A fitting ending, if not an entirely satisfying one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/15/2010

    " This is more like a 3.5 star review. It was intriguing but very short and it's always bad when you finish a book and ask out loud, "well, what was the point of THAT?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Akilah | 9/21/2010

    " It's clear that I can finish any Walter Mosley book because the man can definitely write. At the end of this, though, I just felt dissatisfied and also kind of empty inside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Water | 5/24/2010

    " Tastefully erotic and well-rounded! Very entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonbrown | 12/7/2009

    " not your typical walter mosley novel -- ending was a surprise and well written as only mosley can do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 11/7/2009

    " Strange book about being connnected to our feelings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaShaune | 9/10/2009

    " started out as a page-turner and then it...just ended. Such a disappointment for Mr. Mosley. But then again, they can't all be great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/28/2009

    " As always with Mosley, a thought-provoking and enjoyable read, though I wouldn't put it on a par with his other books. This was largely about a man finally forced to confront his own buried demons (a cliche, but accurate here) with a bit of a mystery layered on top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 4/10/2009

    " I didn't really think I'd like this book but I really did. It was a fast read and pretty exciting. I like how the author got into the main character's mind. It was definitely a psychological thriller (not quite the right word). Now I'd like to read Killing Johnny Fry if I can find it somewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/1/2009

    " Although I didn't like his most famous book, Devil in a Blue Dress, I found this quite good. It's a psychological thriller of sorts. A little sexually graphic though so if that offends, stay away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jean | 2/24/2009

    " I didn't like this book at all. I made it through the first 30 pages and gave up. The characters are not likable and It has heavy-duty sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination and appear somewhat sadistic. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series, including the national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL’s Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin’ the Dog. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji.