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Fatal Absolution [Paperback]

Paul G. Mast

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Jan. 27 2013
An emotionally powerful, chilling, and suspenseful plot unfolds as a scandal in the fictional Diocese of Islip, New York results in the murder of three Catholic Priests. Fueled by righteous anger and a compelling cast of supporting characters, Fatal Absolution weaves an intriguing and beguiling tale, setting wretched and evil men against a quest for justice. After years of dealing with one sex-abuse scandal after another, the Catholic Church must now respond to a new and altogether different issue-the murder of the priests. Think you've heard everything there is to hear about the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church? Think again. 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 unthinkable crime. 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 that the cover-up of sexual abuse runs deep and wide. 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?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC (Jan. 27 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162183073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621830733
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,313,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Dec 10 2013
By MARY ANN S. PARKER - Published on Amazon.com
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Story line and plot certainly kept the inquisitive sense of self turning the pages of each Chapter. Paul Mast, for his first novel did a good job. Reading in the first person for each character was somewhat taxing. Getting through some of the grammar faux and misspellings should have been caught in editing. All in all, it was an enjoyable read. Absolutely touched the emotional side of me and kept me guessing!?! Ending had a real heartfelt twist! Recommend you will enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! May 14 2013
By Renee - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Fr. Paul is courageous in tackling scandals in the Church in a fictional story. The plot is very well thought out. I couldn't put it down and finished it late at night. The issue of sexual abuse by trusted priests in the Catholic Church is so sad, and the cover up and lack of compassion for the victims added to that sadness. Fr. Paul gives me hope that there are those within the Church who do truly care about the victims and wish to make things right and make sure these things don't continue to occur. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like murder mysteries as I do.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly believable! May 6 2013
By FRoche - Published on Amazon.com
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Fatal Absolution is a first-class read! The current plot involves the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and how it did, and did not, handle matters. The impact on the lives of those involved, and how they reacted to their situations, is explored in depth including difficult life decisions made by several of the main characters. The story has twists and turns - mystery and romance - with an ending not expected! Paul is quite the storyteller, so I look forward to his next book!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Price of Suppressing Scandal April 13 2013
By Spirit&Life reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
This first novel by Fr. Paul Mast abounds in thrills, chills, murders, romance, and conspiracy. As the narration shifts back and forth among the principal characters, each reveals his or her feelings, observations, and plans while the action unfolds in the context of a dysfunctional and corrupt church institution. Drawing on his experience as spiritual director and a counselor to victims of clergy sex abuse, Mast focuses with sensitivity on the families of abuse victims. He shows little sympathy for church authorities who are chiefly concerned to protect the abusers and suppress any hint of scandal. While this book is a work of fiction--there is no diocese of Islip--Mast hopes that it may inspire readers to take action collectively on behalf of all victims, wherever they are in real time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Right Topic; the Wrong Details Aug. 20 2013
By TeeJay - Published on Amazon.com
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What a timely issue to address - and written by an "insider" to boot! I expected a much stronger tale from someone who should know the mechanics of the hierarchy and the struggles of both good and bad clergy from his own life as a priest.

The bishop is a caricature; he is pure evil and never gives a hint of any qualities that might have made his situation tragic or earned a tiny bit of empathy, What group in the curia would appoint this man a bishop of the church? On what merits? There's not a bit of humanity there that would have made him real or given us an insight into a troubled priest with major weaknesses who might indeed still love his church or his vocation or his diocese, despite his sins and weaknesses. Likewise, his fellow abuser priests who are murdered in fairly silly scenarios by a rather unbelievable murderess. Too much pure evil masquerading behind Roman collars and vestments!! Was there anything redeemable in these guys?

And who can feel for a priest like Tim, who uses his privileged background, worldly experience, and naive and controlling nana to parade his new female lover around the city in limos to operas, making out in public, etc. Are we to believe it's okay for Fr Cavanaugh to get away with this flagrant violation of celibacy just because he is sympathetic to clergy abuse victims and focuses his own sexual energy on a woman instead of a child or teenaged boy?

There is a lot of room for a great story involving the scandals of abusive clergy and powerful bishops in the Church. This book skims the surface poorly. And really, Father Mast, "Getting to Know You" is not from THE SOUND OF MUSIC; it's from THE KING AND I! The whole book, right back to the author's comments, is badly in need of a good editor!

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