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Fatal Absolution
     

Fatal Absolution

by Paul G. Mast
 

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Nora Owens, an Irish orphan, suffers at the hands—and lust—of priests who molest her and her twin sister, Nanette. Four priests, whose faces and names she remembers all too clearly. When Nanette commits suicide after years of sexual abuse, Nora vows revenge. Years later, she travels to the U.S. to track down the priests who committed the abuse. All four

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Nora Owens, an Irish orphan, suffers at the hands—and lust—of priests who molest her and her twin sister, Nanette. Four priests, whose faces and names she remembers all too clearly. When Nanette commits suicide after years of sexual abuse, Nora vows revenge. Years later, she travels to the U.S. to track down the priests who committed the abuse. All four have fled to the U.S., but Nora won’t stop until she finds them all. Using aliases and disguises, Nora plots to take the lives of the evil men who caused her sister’s death.
When her killing spree begins, others are drawn into the web of murder: Detective Samantha Bannion, a beautiful redheaded New York cop; Fr. Tim Cavanagh, priest, famed pianist, and favored grandson of the famed Cavanagh lineage; Bishop John Campbell, a highly respected official of the Diocese of Islip; and the priests under Campbell’s charge—both the guilty and the innocent.
Investigating what appears to be a serial killer of priests, Det. Sam Bannion finds a source of inside information in Fr. Tim. The pianist-priest, who suspects the cover-up of sexual abuse runs deep and wide, finds a source of police know-how and sharp detective skills in Sam. But they soon find a mutual attraction as well, leading to a relationship forbidden by Fr. Tim’s vows but inescapable, as the two spend more time together on the case—and off.
Vowing to stop the murders and bring the murderer to justice, Sam and Tim dig out information on the sex-abuse crimes and the priests who committed them. Deep into their investigation, they notice a mysterious man dogging their steps. Who is the stalker on their trail, and who hired him? Is he after the information or after them? Who else will be murdered? And will the love that is growing between them cause Fr. Tim to leave the priesthood, or will it bring tragedy?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016107875
Publisher:
Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
275
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

I was born in Dover, (Kent County) Delaware in 1946 and raised in Clayton. It was our version of Mayberry where the sheriff walked the streets and chatted with citizens on their front porches.
Strong religious practices and attending Catholic high school sowed the seeds of a vocation to the priesthood. Following ordination in 1972, I began to network with many new friends I had met in different parish assignments. In 1979, I suffered a bad case of Burnout. Thanks to an understanding bishop, I treated it with a return to graduate school. Sixteen months at Fordham University was wonderful conversion therapy. Studying the stage theories of human development, alongside the RCIA, (Rites for the Christian Initiation of Adults), opened new interior doors for me, to the stages of my own faith development.
I returned to graduate school at The Catholic University of America. This heavily academic program helped me develop skills as a critical theological thinker. One of my course papers was published, opening new doors that I found exciting.
In 1996, I returned home to my diocese with three graduate degrees. In 1999, I completed a Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Neumann University in Aston, PA. Little did I know then how all that theological learning and ongoing spiritual growth would impact a new ministry of serving as spiritual director with victims of the clergy sex abuse scandal unfolding in our diocese in mid-2002. Companioning with them through their emotional trauma was the equivalent to a spiritual trauma for me. It was my own version of “the dark night of the soul;” a spiritual metaphor of interior growth.
The most exciting thing about writing Fatal Absolution was creating the characters and weaving a plot that gave their personalities and flaws, their behaviors and choices, authenticity. I hope you befriend them, and engage them, in such a way, that a story about love, romance, scandal, conspiracy, murder, injustice and justice, threaded together with a gentle interplay of classical and rock music, becomes a parable about the threads of redemption woven into your own lives.

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