Bless Me Father is a
psychological chase thriller set around the issue of faith - losing it and
regaining it- in the midst of the current sexual abuse scandal tearing the very
fabric of the Catholic Church.
Focusing on both the hunter and
the hunted, the novel explores the loss of spirituality each experiences while
it also traces the effects of the scandal on Catholics in general.
Shadowed always by the shame and
humiliation he experiences as a youth, John Condon, a war veteran and high
school English teacher, plans his revenge against the Catholic Church. One by one he eliminates allegedly abusive
priests as well as a leading American bishop.
Matched against the clever,
resourceful killer is Mike Fallon, an F.B.I. agent who, in the process of
losing his first wife, has also lost his spirituality. Now newly married to a fellow agent, both he
and she face difficult adjustments in raising his three children and in dealing
with the internal politics of the Bureau.
As the search for the priest
killer intensifies across the country, John Condon finds new purpose in the
person of Maureen Riley, a fellow teacher who helps him deal with his
past. But is it too late?
The novel explores the choices
facing practicing Catholics today, is rife with inventive incident, and is
evocative of the political, social, and physical atmosphere surrounding the
scandal. It also offers a rogue’s
gallery of interesting primary and secondary characters.