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This will always remain one of my favorite books in any genre. It deals with the stigmata of a cloistered Catholic nun who becomes both feared and loathed because of the lesions that appear on her hands and feet. It is not a religious tale but one that deals with the destructive nature of envy and fear.
This book is by my daughter Alafair Burke. I think the main character, Ellie Hatcher, is one of the most intriguing protagonists in contemporary crime fiction. I can arguably be accused of bias, but most of Alafair's peers agree that the skill and authority and first-hand experience reflected in her work are extraordinary and make for a fine book.
This novel is an outstanding treatment of the New York crime families, but more importantly it is the source of perhaps the greatest movie ever made. By the way, Mario Puzo wrote the screenplay and made a suggestion to the director that resulted in creating one of the most memorable final scenes in movie history.
I include this biographical account of the 1919 Black Sox scandal because it deals in a honest way with the level of greed that characterized the American underworld in the first half of the 20th century. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, these were the men who played with the faith of fifty million people.