The Cross of St. Maro

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Naïve has never been a word to describe Peter Farrell. As the second son of a St. Louis Irish beat cop, Peter knew better than most that things may not always be what they seem. However, nothing prepared the young attorney for the stack of files that his client hands him. The files contain evidence of a multi-national corporation's manipulation of the American political system through campaign contributions, bribes, and blackmail. Behind the corruption lies the poster boy for corporate America and the religious ...
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Overview

Naïve has never been a word to describe Peter Farrell. As the second son of a St. Louis Irish beat cop, Peter knew better than most that things may not always be what they seem. However, nothing prepared the young attorney for the stack of files that his client hands him. The files contain evidence of a multi-national corporation's manipulation of the American political system through campaign contributions, bribes, and blackmail. Behind the corruption lies the poster boy for corporate America and the religious right, billionaire Elias St. Armand. Hunted by St. Armand, Farrell escapes from St. Louis to San Francisco, where he reconnects with Sara Ahrens, his former love. More important, she is the only one he can trust now. Over the course of three harrowing days, Peter and Sara discover they are unwilling pawns in St. Armand's plan to thrust the U.S. into a war with Syria that will set the Middle East ablaze.
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"Three-hundred-ninety-eight pages of solid suspense"
October 7, 2004
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938473005
  • Publisher: Forty Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 1,424,548
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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A trial lawyer practicing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa who is an Independent Publisher Honorable Mention for best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller and a Reviewer’s Choice for Midwest Book Review. Mr. Keady received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. degree from St. Louis University where he graduated cum laude with degrees in Political Science and French having spent a year studying abroad at the Universite d’Orlean in France. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Intrigue, terrorism and politics all in one

    What a great first novel! Mr. Keady writes of places he has lived which provides a first-hand and accurate knowledge of the area of the country he writes about. What was even better is that I live in the St. Louis area and have lived in the Keokuk Iowa area as well so I know the descriptions of these places are accurate. The story is structured around lawyers, politics, terrorism and government secrecy. The main character, Peter Farrell, is an attorney living in St. Louis. He meets with a client and finds himself deep into a government conspiracy, complete with bribes and blackmail. His brother is murdered and the frame-up makes it look like Peter is to blame. Not knowing who to trust, Peter runs for refuge and help in the only girl he has ever loved, Sara Ahrens. Sara believes she can help him provide the truth to the police through her father. Belatedly, she finds out her father is a part of the conspiracy. The two run to a family friend of Sara¿s, Redwood, who has been in the political/security scene many years ago. While the life he lives shows to the world a backwoods man, he has kept up on the technology and abilities of his past life. This saves Peter and Sara from sure death. Once again on the run, they end up with the President of the United States and his right-hand man. This time, the President is killed and yet another murder is added to Peter¿s supposed killing spree. Who is behind all of this? What is the agenda of that person? The finger points to Elias St. Armand, son of Lebanese parents, who believe his way is the only way to save the world. Between the political intrigue, the up-to-date scenarios of world problems and various people trying to accomplish their own agendas, Mr. Keady writes a powerful story. It was one I didn¿t want to put down. There were sections that were a bit hard for me to keep straight as I am not fully versed in today¿s politics and who is terrorizing who but even with that, I was able to follow the main thread of the story with no difficulty. For anyone who knows the past history of other countries and keeps up with today¿s headlines, the story would be a breeze to read and understand the deeper intrigue and meaning of this first novel. I hope Mr. Keady intends to write a second novel because he writes in a clear and easy to understand language on today¿s topics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Cross of St. Maro

    A day and a half read. To borrow a cliché, I could not put this one down. Usually, I enjoy reading a book over the course of a week (gives me something to look forward to at the end of the day), but this one had me on the edge of my seat the whole time (second cliché). The plot is engaging and fluid. A mental patient gives a lawyer(Keady's cliché, not mine) some files, but the lawyer, Peter Farrell, pretty much blows her off and goes fishing. Thirty-six hours later he returns to find out he is the main suspect in serial murders. Farrell stumbles into a parallel political world where corporate giants pull politicians strings with an eventual ploy to attack Syria as the crusade for the 21st century. Keady's attention to detail and pace make the unthinkable, believable. Also enjoyed the visual style of writing. I felt like I was in Peter's shoes as he was chased through San Francisco and New York. It would be a cool movie. It's a lot like the TV show 24.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Cross of St. Maro

    'The Cross of St. Maro' is a lengthy, powerful & entrancing thesis depicting widespread corruption at all levels of government: - local, state & federal - a product of long standing bribes & political gifting by multi-national corporations for favorable bank & trade policies (including money laundering), corporate welfare relief & sanctioned trading of arms to foreign governments, - but even more worrisome is the CIR, an elitist organization of weathy entrepreneurs with an inconnu soliciting domination with intent to provoke a worldwide incident between Syria, the U.S. & the Muslim world by inciting a major terrorism attack on New York. The story is told through protagonist, Peter Farrell, an junior investigative attorney provided boxes of damning documents which could inculpate many bureaucratic & administrative officials in both governmental & private sectors. Even as Tasha Dolnick disposes of sexaholic FEC Commissioner Jeffrey Speeter as a suicide, Golde & Rosendahl's law firm attorney Peter Farrell is telling wealthy client Paul Simon he'll accept his case & interview Paul's sister, Rose who'd been placed in a mental facility after attempting to kill her husband, billionaire Elias St. Armand, & he'd review whatever papers she possessed. Rose tells Peter that Elias was integrally sinister, admitting he'd killed her father with a cattle prod to inherit his business; moreover, her mother Lillian had secreted boxes of ruinous documents against Elias. Because Peter was going fishing, his brother John transported some documents for him. Returning home Peter is assaulted by a uniformed man, finds his house ransacked & learns both his brother John & Joe Rosendahl were murdered. Worried, he calls Dean Adams & is told to mail documents to surviving law partner Aaron & then meet him in Washington. Adams makes 3 calls, including one to Aaron, & is found the next day, shot to death in a car wash. Feaful, Peter visits friends Henry Knops & nephew Jimmy Powell. Recognizing danger he connives a flight to San Francisco via Chicago to seek sanctuary with a trusted girl friend, Sara Ahrens, daughter of Judge Douglas Ahrens. Using a fictitious name concocted years earlier, Peter phones Sara as 'Joey Sukapukavic' for a meeting at the Mission Dolores. He is recognized by agents & in a shooting spree he & Sara split. But the story has just begun, it goes on & killings continues, the plots thicken: -- and, the terrorists have finely tuned their malevolent deranged activities to produce maximal casualties. Woven in, is a cast of characters with their in-depth pasts fully revealed: i.e., stark details of Tasha Dolnick's dehumanization as a young maiden in native Srebrenica, an area sacked & subjected to ethnic cleansing by Cetnik rebel Serbs; i.e. capacious information on Sienna Club attorney activist Sara, & profuse details on grandfather Isaac Ahrens, one of the original leaders of the Dutch Underground in Hoogeveen & facing the Nazi Endlosung, also son Douglas born in 1940 & given to Catholic family, surviving the Hongerwinter, seeing Holland's liberation in 1944, becoming a U.S. citizen, a lawyer & finally a judge with judicial misgivings leading to his spoliation. Munificently, is Pachomius, presented as founder of Christian coenobitical monastery in Egypt c. 300 AD at Tabennisi on the Nile where most of the treasured library was destroyed by Alexanderian troops with some monks escaping to the Ukraine where survivors rebuilt their Tabennisiot fortress monastery high in the Carpathians. In this setting, but under wartime conditions of Nazi occupation, Andriy Kravenko grew up a child born as 'the fruit of the violence inflicted upon Lina', his mother, repeatedly raped by Capt. Erich Hoch, Third Reich, March 10, 1944. Monk Andriy was driven asway from the hood after killing an unfaithful & worked in Odessa KGB until it was abolished by Gorbachev in 1991, but hired by CIR as an enforcer. There is/are a number of 'significant ot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    E. Kelly Keady has just become one of my top 10 authors. E. Kell

    E. Kelly Keady has just become one of my top 10 authors.
    E. Kelly Keady gives us a great mystery, thriller, political thriller, religous thriller, etc. all wrapped up in one well written novel.

    Our hero, Peter Ferrell, will come to be the type of hero that all average Americans can learn to love. He is not some highly trained military person, nor is he trained by the CIA or NSA or even the Secret Service. No, he is fairly ordinary. He is a lawyer working for a firm in St. Louis and just going about his every day work life when he is drawn in to a case that will shake the foundations of the United States Government as well as the world.

    Peter is asked to look into the life of Elias St. Armand, a philanthropist, billionaire who seems to the world that he is a "good guy" but to his wife, who is in an insane asylum for trying to kill him, he is a monster. Peter is asked to defend the wife against her diagnosis of being insane. She sends him on an errand to retrieve some documents that she gave her mother that will unravel Peter's trust in the Law, his trust in the Government and his trust in just about everything.

    The documents show that Elias and his company, Occidental, have blackmailed dozens if not hundreds of Senators, Congressmen, Judges, attorneys, etc. They even are working on getting their own man into the White House. From here they will run the world.

    There is another group, the CIR, the Council on International Relations, that is helping Elias, or are they?

    Bottom line, Peter's brother and employer are murdered. His law school professor is murdered as well as some others. All the crimes are pointing at Peter as the instigator and word on the street is he is a serial killer of Lawyers and needs to be caught.

    The truth is, he ihas the documents to prove that the government is corrupt and they are just trying to silence him, or are they.

    In a book that has more twists and turns than a famous street in San Francisco, which by the way is where a good portion of the book happens, we will find that we need a scorecard to try and keep track of the characters and decide whether they are good or bad.

    Maybe the only criticism I can have of the book is the flashbacks to childhood memories of many of the characters that bring in the history of WWII, war crimes and ethnic cleansing. I understand why these are necessary back stories to the main story, but often times they take longer to develop than what I thought was necessary.

    But all that aside, the book is fast paced, well written well documented, has plenty of good buys / bad guys to either love or hate and frankly a lot of people that are developed for the next book in the installment of Peter Ferrell.

    Unfortunately I read the sequel first and then the first in the series. I suggest you take the series in order. You will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Classic thriller! A tale of an "ordinary man under extrarod

    Classic thriller! A tale of an "ordinary man under extrarodinary circumstances". I like the main character Peter Farrell and now understand he is part of a series. The cast of characters around Peter is varied and entertaining from the older Redwood to the love interest Sara. The description of the scenic background of San Francisco led me to believe that I was among the characters as the action took place. The reliance on history and politics is helpful without getting in the way of a compelling story. All in all, a classic thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    First novel better than most

    Needs a better editor to help with language but only minor errors that only an English teacher would degrade. Story line similar to Wild Fire but much more historically accurate showing solid base of historical knowledge without preaching to the reader. Looking forward to his next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Well-written, multi-layered and exciting novel

    Every chapter in this book unveils more plot twists, more deceits, and more danger for Peter and Sara. Like a chess match, Peter is being slowly pushed into a corner where checkmate is inevitable - or so it seems. Keady's The Cross of St. Maro is a well-written, multi-layered and exciting novel. You'll keep turning the pages, not wanting to put the book down. And you'll forget that this is a story, and you'll want to see it resolved as though it were happening in real life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Move over Grisham & Flynn

    If you enjoy Grisham and Flynn, you're going to love Mr. Keady. This is one of those books that you don't want to end,in this era of big business and pro-business politicians this book is very believable! An excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    Great Romantic Suspense Thriller!!!

    Not many books that I can recommend to my husband (or he to me), but this works. Action, suspense, romance, and just fun. Looking forward to the movie in 2006.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Wonderful Mystery Thriller

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Cross of St. Maro. Yeah, Yeah, I've seen the comparisons to The DaVinci Code. I've read many other good thriller authors over the years such as Robert Ludlum, Martin Cruz-Smith. Keady ranks up there with all of the above and more. It really grabs your attention and keeps your interest. Great reading for those cold winter days and nights!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    History buffs pick this up

    What a great book! My brother in law recommeded that I read it and I'm glad that I did. I usually read historical non fiction and rarely read fiction but this book was a great blend of both. Rich in detail and suspense you'll stay up late wondering what happens to Peter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    Outstanding Thriller

    Rarely does one capture my attention with suspense novels but The Cross of St. Maro was an exception. Excellent use of history and modern genres.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Pageturner

    This book was such a pageturner. You have to know what happens next. It is a smart novel, but also easy to follow. Great detail and larger-than-life characters. I highly recommend for anyone who wants a smart, intriguing thriller to read over the Holidays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    Couldn't Put It Down

    This is a terrific first novel. It holds your interest from Page One until the very end. So topical!!! A Little Scary to think it was written before 9/11. Know you will enjoy reading this great book. Am looking forward to reading more novels by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2004

    If you liked DaVinci Code, you'll love this

    I could not put this down. Got caught up in what would happen to Peter and Sara. Learned a lot too. Very visual. It should be a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Great book!

    This book will having you reading late into the night! It's suspensful while still being believable (especially in today's world, hard to believe this was written pre-9/11) -- you find yourself really getting into the story of Peter. The story is told at times from others' perspectives which makes it all the more interesting. I'm an avid reader and rate this as one of the better things I've read lately!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2004

    A Diamond in the Rough!

    Somehow, the author has successfully combined a complex storyline with a high degree of readability. Very interesting use of setting and character. I really got caught up in the characters and what would happen to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    Badly in need of editing

    I confess that I couldn't even finish this book. Not only does this guy desperately need an editor, he needs to understand that there's nothing wrong with the word 'said.' The prose is stilted, tortured and pretty much unreadable. Too bad he wasted a good premise on this garbled mess.

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