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A powerful, character-driven tale. Father Paul Clark, with his soul-searching struggle couched in subtle humor throughout, is unforgettable. - Lawrence Kane, Foreword Reviews
A thriller which resonates on the human level... The result is thoroughly enjoyable. - Ted Hertel, Deadly Pleasures
Walker vividly paints the temptations and fears crushing a priest...in the midst of murder and international intrigue. Will he take more seriously the "company orders" of a secretive government agency or the "holy orders" of his priesthood? - Sharon P. Lynn, Windy City Reviews
About the Author
David J. Walker, a lawyer, is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated Mal Foley series, including "No Show of Remorse." He lives in Chicago.
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As mysteries go, this is quite strong. The character of Paul Clark is a believable, convincing protagonist. All throughout the book, no matter what Clark is going through, we feel his pain and can sympathize with his difficult situations. As a priest, he might appear as unrelatable, but Walker gives Clark such compassion and conscience and even some faith crises that we can understand what Clark is experiencing. And Walker also makes good use out of Chicago. Through the pages, I was able to visualize the gritty and dank streets of Chicago where Clark was desperately trying to run for his life.
This is the second mystery I have read by Walker (Saving Paulo was the other one) and though I liked both, I found myself drawn more this Clark and his set of nerve-wrenching circumstances.
Father Clark, the main character, is a Catholic Priest. He finds himself at the center of a mystery that may or may not involve, murder, gun-running, the CIA and his family and friends. Trust but verify has to become his watch-phrase. He has, at his core, a strong set of values and I found myself agreeing with the decisions he made along the way. I like a mystery that doesn't telegraph the ending and this one certainly delivers!
I ranked this book with 4 stars. Based on this example of his work,I might be interested in reading more by this author; and reading David Walker's bio makes me even more interested. It seems that this book is a stand alone, but I could see Father Clark as a series participant.
*I received this book from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Beautiful storytelling that kept me on the edge of my seat!
The cover art could be more eye catching.
The protagonist is a Catholic priest based in Chicago. His moral and physical challenges are very real to any Catholic in today's world. All of the other characters are good examples of who and what they are.
And the book is faithful to its Chicago roots. The city geography is portrayed pretty darn accurately and one can easily follow the action on a map.
The writing is so vivid I almost felt I was watching a movie as the plot swept me with it through some harrowing scenes. I was so engrossed I even forgot to breathe a few times. Anyone who loves thrillers will love this one for sure. If you're Catholic so much the better. And if you're from Chicago as well this could be the perfect thriller for you
Can't wait for the movie to come out.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)