Think you’ve heard everything there is to hear about the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church? Think again. This powerful and emotionally plotting story with a compelling cast of characters is sure to strike an emotional resonance in all readers.
Author Paul Mast has woven a chilling and suspenseful plot about how the scandal unfolded in the fictional Diocese of Islip, New York resulting in the murder of three priests. With sensitivity to the neglected needs of abuse victims, protagonist Fr. Timothy Cavanagh, a former concert pianist and secretary to the Bishop of Islip, plays Sherlock Holmes to sinister Bishop John Campbell’s role as Dr. Moriarity.
Partnering with police detective Sam Bannion, Islip’s version of an endearing sleuth, Miss Marple, together with Fr. Cavanagh unravel a Machiallevian cover-up of a clergy sex abuse scandal, from Boston, to Long Island, and finally to Dublin, Ireland. The choices they make while uncovering the crimes creates a plot filled with twists, turns and an ending few would imagine.
“Fatal Absolution is a novel that invites us to look at human imperfections that so often render our lives tragically damaged and yet somehow renewed by faith,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “Overlapping the lives of a compelling cast of characters, Paul Mast’s incredible talent for capturing real human interaction in a suspenseful, tightly woven plot will keep the reader engaged from beginning to end, and then have them begging for more! This is a novel that will hold you by the throat and make you stare down what may be the most primal sorrow in the human repertoire.”
Paul Mast is a native of Delaware and a priest of the Diocese of Wilmington. His first book, Litanies & Legacies: Mystics and Mysteries, was released in 2009.