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In God's House: A Novel About the Greatest Scandal of Our Time Kindle Edition

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"Fact and fiction are roommates in “In God’s House,” an intriguing tale of mystery, deceit and human endeavor. It offers an unrivaled view from the inside of pedophilia within the church and the church’s efforts to conceal it. If what is on the page seems decidedly “real” it is because Mouton has drawn his characters, his scenes and much of his plot from experience. It is important, an open window to a closed room."
-Evan Moore, Gannett/USA Today

"This extraordinary and very harrowing novel amazingly strikes a note of unlikely redemption."
-Harry Reid, Sunday Herald, Scotland

“Racing along at a pace you expect in novels from Michael Connelly and John Grisham, this is one of the most courageous books I have ever read. In matters of conscience, it will remind readers of Harper Lee’s classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.”
-Allen Josephs, author and past president of Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society

In God’s House pierces to the beating heart of the scandal in a riveting novel. It is written in the best of the Southern novel tradition, and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the greatest.
-Marci Hamiltion, author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children

“No novel I have reviewed hit me as hard as this. I found myself thinking of ‘The Godfather’ as I turned page after page. This novel takes you into the very soul of the damaged Church of Peter. . Only one book has been written by the ultimate insider, and this book is by Ray Mouton.”
-Eamonn O’Neill, UK journalist, author, and founder of an Innocence Project in Scotland

“This gut-wrenching and well-written story will leave you stunned.”
- Shirley de Kock Gueller, Cape Times, South Africa

“In God’s House details a powerful apparatus at work involving local politicians, expensive lawyers, insurance companies and bishops. It also reaches into the Vatican.”
-Angus MacSwan, Reuters, London

“The book tells the story of a young and conflicted Catholic lawyer’s “journey through a dark labyrinth — the back corridors of the oldest, largest, richest and most powerful religious institution on earth.”
-Donlan Lynch, The Sunday Independent, Dublin, Ireland

“This book keeps your eyes glued to its pages. They appear to turn themselves. Midnight oil is burnt. I carried it with me, reading still, as I made cups of tea to sustain me.”
-Sue Blaine, Business Day, Johannesburg, South Africa

About the Author

IN 1984, RAY MOUTON represented the first Catholic priest charged with sexual abuse of scores of children. His subsequent efforts to save children from the Church extended across the United States, working with a canon lawyer in the Vatican Embassy, Rev. Thomas Doyle, and a bishop holding a secret appointment from the Papal Nunciature. Mouton co-authored a document with Fr. Doyle in 1985 that foretold the coming crisis and scandal that has since been hailed by some media as the most important document issued in the crisis.

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  • File Size: 905 KB
  • Print Length: 565 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908800062
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (September 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Court Lewis on September 8, 2012
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I've been a reader all my life, and it has been years since I've read a book as powerful as this one. Ray Mouton was the Louisiana lawyer who was hired to defend the first priest in the U.S. to face criminal charges for child molestation, in 1984. As he came to realize that this was not an isolated sick priest, but that every Catholic diocese across the country and maybe the world harbored similar monsters and that the Church was determined to hide this situation at all costs, he began a dogged campaign to force the Church to deal with the problem and to save children from further harm. That campaign ultimately cost him his marriage, his profession, and his faith in the Church.

What is so unusual is that this man who lost nearly everything trying to do the right thing also turns out to be a writer of the first rank. He has produced a novelized, fictional version of these events that reads at a steadily intense pace, is stylistically at the level of great authors such as Harper Lee and Truman Capote, and is as hard to put down as the best John Grisham thriller. There are passages of great beauty along with parts that will make your heart pound and your mouth go dry. But the big difference between this novel and other crime thrillers is that it's rooted in the actual reality of what could be the biggest scandal of our times. I think this book will be seen as the definitive story of the clergy abuse crisis, and I predict it will be a worldwide bestseller.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blair Kaiser on August 22, 2012
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In God's House is the novelized (and highly readable)version of the event that triggered the biggest scandal in the history of the Catholic Church in America. Readers will know that the author, Ray Mouton, was the attorney hired back in 1984 by the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, Cajun country, to defend the notorious pedophile priest, Gilbert Gauthe. As in any novel that spins off real events, they cannot help wondering what is truth and what is fiction. Mouton, the lawyer, claims this work is fiction. Even so, Mouton, the novelist, manages to tell a story that is true in a larger sense--about the Church's inability to do anything other than cover up the predations of its wayward priests.

The bishop's monsignor-vicar who hired lawyer Renon Chattelrault deceived even him. He refuses at first to tell him the priest's name or what he had done. Chattelrault wonders why the vicar would want to sabotage his own case? It's like the wonder of the private-eye at the beginning of "Chinatown." The private eye has to know more, even if it almost kills him. So, too, with Renon Chattelrault in this tale. He has to know more.

What he learns almost kills him--and it does kill his faith when he realizes that the Church that hires him is guiltier than the poor, sick priest. Church officials knew this priest was a pedophile before they ordained him. They know he is a child-rapist in his first assignment. Yet they make him a pastor in a second assignment, where he rapes more children. And then Chattelrault discovers they are covering up for more priest-rapists.

What kind of Church is this? Certainly not God's house. The book's title, then, turns out to be a pure irony.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julie McCaleb on September 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been hearing about abuse in the Catholic church for years and have personally known some of the victims and their families who will suffer with PTSD for their entire lives. This excellent book tells it like it was and sometimes still is. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. Wanted to vomit, scream, cry and destroy the "good ole boys" who took (and do take) part in the cover up of atrocities inflicted on the innocent! If it weren't true I'd say it's unbelievable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Guilbeau on June 29, 2013
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I have practiced criminal law for 40 years handling 11 death penalty cases and thousands of major felonies. I am a voracious reader with an extensive eclectic library and the only crime fiction writer I enjoy is John Grisham...until I read Ray Mouton's "In God's House."

From the moment I started reading it, I was drawn into the case which unfolded like a Louisiana gardenia in the nefarious Bishop's court yard. Never has a writer captured the inner workings of what was the beginning of the greatest cover up of child sexual abuse crime in the history of the United States and possibly the world by the world's largest religious organization, the Roman Catholic Church.

Pitted against this is Renon Chattelrault who with his fading innocence but guile as a brilliant and masterfully creative lawyer matches wits with the power and influence of the Church. The action and intrigue are nonstop and addictive and I found myself up later than usual reading it. Towards the end, I rationed the book as I did not want to leave the presence of Renon who is destined to be in literature a truly authentic lawyer "Hero."

"In God's House" is one of the best books I have ever read. It has intrigue, drama, action, love and everything that makes a great book. The main character was played in real life by the author Ray Mouton, who as only a criminal defense attorney who actually lived the case, could thus fictionalize it so perfectly. Mouton in his first novel proves to be a master story teller on the same level as John Grisham and Larry McMurtry. I am glad to have found this exciting new author and look forward to his next work.

Thomas E. Guilbeau
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