WHEN IT WAS DARK, THE STORY OF A GREAT CONSPIRACY by Ranger Gull
Recommended by Alexander Cockburn, First Post north America columnist
I don't think Dan Brown is all that bad, but just to be different, why not try to hunt down a copy of this . Villain: Constantine Schuabe. His plan: Prove Resurrection of Christ was faked by Joseph of Arimathea. Peak moment: terrific descriptions of collapse across world of all civilized values when London Times trumpets news that Christianity is a lie. Huge bestseller in 1904.
PARADISE LOST by John Milton
Recommended by David Cox, writer and TV producer
Beats Dan Brown on characterisation, comprehensibility, credibility, momentum and sententiousness, while coming close in religious spookiness.
THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER by James Hogg
Recommended by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, literary critic and cultural historian
Serial killing and religious extremism, devils, doubles and a pandemonium of unreliable narrators: a book of brilliant conceits and night-black humour.