Contrition

Contrition

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by Robert E. Hirsch
     
 

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In a tiny community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Brother Placidus finds little Amanda LeFleur sacrificed below a crucifix, in the attic of The Brothers of the Holy Cross. It is not the first body he's found there.

Assigned to the investigation is detective Peter Toche whose last case was that of a murdered child, a child that has been haunting his dreams, forcing

Overview

In a tiny community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Brother Placidus finds little Amanda LeFleur sacrificed below a crucifix, in the attic of The Brothers of the Holy Cross. It is not the first body he's found there.

Assigned to the investigation is detective Peter Toche whose last case was that of a murdered child, a child that has been haunting his dreams, forcing him to face his worst fears and the evil that has targeted his town.

As additional victims are discovered, Tristan St. Germain, a mysterious man who was rescued by a parish priest from the waters near his home, may hold the key to the safety of all mankind.

Little Amanda was only the beginning...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936564408
Publisher:
JournalStone
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
1,142,889
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Hirsch was born in Pusan, Korea in 1948. As the Korean War was ending in 1953, his mother sent him at age five to the United States to live with his biological father due to Korea’s harsh wartime conditions of starvation, disease and destruction.

He spent the next thirteen years as a military dependent, traveling all over America and spending three years in France where he attended school at a French lycee. He graduated from Cameron University in Lawton Oklahoma and entered the teaching profession as a French and Social Studies instructor.

He retired after forty years in June of 2012, having served during his career as a teacher, bus driver, assistant principal, Dean of Discipline, principal and superintendent. He resides with his wife, Melissa Ann Hirsch, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi along the Gulf Coast which they have claimed as their home since 1980.

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Contrition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The story starts when a child, Amanda, is found murdered and posed below a cross in the attic of a Catholic school. Peter Toche is the detective assigned to this case, but he is still haunted by his last case that involved another child. This is no an isolated case, more bodies start popping up. It is up to Peter to find the killer before something bigger develops. I am torn reading this story. I liked the idea behind the plot but it took time to get into the story. There is a religious base to the story but it went above and beyond what I can normally tolerate, which made it a bigger distraction while reading. There were also a lot of characters which make keeping up with the different points of view a little challenging. There were spots where you were flashing back and forth between people. It just made it more confusing. I liked how the paranormal aspect was hinted at. It wasn’t so overwhelming to detract from the story but was enough to leave with a hint of something else. Overall, it was a good story for one read but it’s not enough to make me want to reread it in the future. I received this book from the Early Reader Program at Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Author Robert E. Hirsch creates a mixture of paranormal, crime drama, dark fantasy, horror, and suspense in his book Contrition. The setting is a small town in Mississippi, close to the Gulf Coast; the culture is French and Slavic. Brother Placidus was filled with fear each time he returned to the house of the Brothers of the Holy Cross (a school). He found the body of Amanda LeFleur lying mutilated below a crucifix in the attic. Detective Peter Toche is assigned the case. The detective is still haunted by his last case, the murder of a child. As more bodies pile up, the detective must face his fears if he is to stop the evil attacking his town.  Contrition is a very dark story steeped in strong Catholic undercurrents. The underlying theme is confession and atonement. As you might imagine this is a good vs. evil plot. The reader will find him/herself questioning who is evil and who is not for sometimes it is difficult to decide. Robert E. Hirsch is a talented writer; he manages to transport the reader into the pages of the text where they will see the scenes played out. Readers will swear they hear the creaking of a floorboard and the seagulls calling as the waves crash against the shore. Each of the characters is well developed and has their own story and flaws. If I had to describe this book in a few words, it would be creepy, frightening, and well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The battle between Good and Evil will never end, but in Contrition the people it effects are only 'human', right?  I will not tell you . You will have to read and be mesmerized by Robert Hirsch's words all on your own. Fantastic! JeanieL   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book - hope for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very unique story line whereas the author is so detailed, you can actually picture what's transpiring in the book as the pages are turned. I couldn't put the book down even though I had to go to work the next morning. I actually borrowed this book from someone who just purchased it. Loved it so much, I had to have a copy! This author is an ingenious writer! Looking forwrad to book number two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago