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Cast the First Stone

Cast the First Stone

by Rich Foster


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Cast The First Stone
When The New Life Redemption Church's decrepit bus kills the town drunk's wife and daughter, the man sues the church. However, justice is an uneven thing. After Robert Goodman loses in court, he takes justice into his own hands. In a cross between Dog Day Afternoon and The Apostle, he takes the congregation hostage. On a sweltering summer evening, as the police ring the clapboard building, he gives an altar call at the point of a gun. "Are there twenty who will die, so the rest may live?" he asks. "Are there ten?" "Are there five?"
This story explores how the human spirit survives the unfathomable. Hypocrisy is bared. Some find it soothes their conscience to dismiss Goodman as a deranged psychotic. Yet, Calley Haskell, who pens letters of hate to the killer of her daughter, gradually discovers that in many ways she is not so different from Robert Goodman.
Cast the First Stone is a story of judgment and condemnation, love and hate, justice and revenge. It is a tale of people who commit sins of omission and ones of commission, of people who find peace and those who fail to do so. It is about alienation and reconciliation, of violence to the heart, and finding forgiveness within the heart. This is not a theological book, it might have been set in a prisoner of war camp, or during a prison take over, however the church is a wonderfully simple place for exploring hypocrisy, after all most people will not die for their political beliefs. In the end this book is a tale of life. The characters struggle. They do not all have a happy ending. Some fail to ever understand themselves while others succeed in discovering themselves.

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ISBN-13: 9781507618769
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2012
Series: Red Lake Series , #2
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

About the Author
Rich Foster lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Elaine, and two grade school age sons. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. For the past thirty-five years he has resided on the west coast.
In college, he wrote a column for the Wheaton College, Record. The administration did not appreciate his cynicism. Upon graduation he wanted to be a novelist. Unfortunately, lacking life experience, he found little to say.
In preparing to be a writer he traveled to over forty-five countries, circling the globe twice. He spent two years running yachts in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. In the intervening years he worked in counseling programs, land surveying, yachting, construction, and sales. These diverse experiences aided his literary efforts.
In the late 1990's he shared an original script idea. A film director encouraged him to write the script. Nine hundred pages and countless revisions later, he had a 110-page finished script called Rochambeau.
In the following years, Foster penned, another screenplay and five novels. His first novel, The Death of Alan Chandler was adapted from his second screenplay

Rich Foster has five novels and one screenplay available at, and on Kindle Select
The Death of Alan Chandler
Cast the First Stone A story of revenge and recovery
ADX Praxis A detective-spy thriller.
Lasting Doubts, A second detective novel featuring Harry Grim.
Morphine Dreams A fictional memoir

Rochambeau - a screenplay
Death of Alan Chandler in script format

Currently he is working on:
Fatal Chances A third Harry Grim novel.

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