In rural eastern Missouri sits St. Basil's Seminary, an idyllic center of reflection and study and peace. But when the sudden, suspicious death of a visiting priest shakes the community to the core, Detective Cameron Ballack is called to investigate the matter. Facing hardship and tragedy of his own, and confined to a wheelchair, Ballack finds that the seemingly devoted members of St. Basil's have skeletons in their own closets. And when one murder follows another, Ballack must redouble his efforts to cut through the clouds of past sins before death strikes once more, this time with Ballack in its sights.
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As one who once studied at the seminary level, I found Davis' world to be intriguing and memorable. Although I at first believed his creation of the wheelchair-bound Ballack as the detective to be a stretch, the hero is believable and realistic. This book is helped by the fact that the Americans With Disabilities Act has taken hold and made the world more accessible for both real and fictional folks. Davis varies the pace of the story in a way that you are never left bored. The flavor of the novel hearkens back to classic mysteries of the British style, but the plot is painted with a solid American Midwest feel. Davis scores with the shock value readers should feel with murder taking place in the confines of a religious community. I don't know where he goes from here, but a sequel NEEDS to be in the future. I haven't found anything else of Davis' online, so I can only guess this is his first novel. It definitely shouldn't be his last. You need to read this one and savor it down to your depths.