Paul Clark is a Catholic priest who's been on the fast track to becoming a bishop. But he suddenly faces a heart-wrenching problem, when choices he made as a young man come roaring back into his life.Read more...
Paul Clark is a Catholic priest who's been on the fast track to becoming a bishop. But he suddenly faces a heart-wrenching problem, when choices he made as a young man come roaring back into his life. A mysterious woman, who claims to be with "an agency of the federal government," offers to solve his problem. But there's a price to pay -- Father Clark must undertake some very un-priestly actions.
An attack in a Chicago alley. . .a daring escape from a Mexican jail. . . and a fight to the death in a Guyanese jungle. . .all these, and more, must be survived in order to to protect someone he loves.
This priest is about to learn how much easier it is to preach love than to live it.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Walker (The Towman’s Daughters and five other mysteries in the Wild Onion series set in Chicago) remains, at least initially, in the Windy City for this tepid stand-alone. On the rise in the Catholic Church hierarchy, Fr. Paul Clark has his world turned upside down by the re-emergence of long-buried events from his youthful past, leading him to make a Faustian bargain with the intimidating Ann Swanson, who may be a CIA agent. The deal begins to unravel when a fellow priest discovers something fishy going on at the archdiocese’s Fair Hope Clinic in Guyana, and brings his suspicions to Clark. As events spiral out of his control, Clark finds himself relieved of his priestly duties and under suspicion of murder, with a dangerous trip to Guyana his only chance to find an answer to the mystery. Wooden characters and all-too-obvious plot contrivances never allow this thriller to lift off. (Sept.)