Author – A P McGrath
Genre – Crime, Mystery, Thriller
360 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 7/28/17
No. 51 - 2017
My impressions: intrigue, deeply emotional, brutal murders,
Father Michael Kieh – Catholic Priest, from Africa
Leonie Urey/Jenkins– Childhood friend from Africa.
Joan Macintosh -married woman who has a crush on Michael.
Dan Peterson – Friend of Michael’s
Detective Mason Lenislake – Good cop
Detective Dewi Blank – Corrupt cop.
A Burning in the Darkness is an intense and unusual story involving a Catholic Priest who vacillates between being God’s disciple and being a normal man with sexual and emotional needs.
Michael Kieh was born in Liberia, Africa during a time of civil war. He witnessed his entire family being raped and butchered by his uncle and a group of child soldiers. His escape and ordeal to becoming a priest was fraught with danger and betrayal. The abrupt leaving to achieve his personal goal of becoming a priest caused heartbreak in a close friend that would later come back to haunt him.
Michael presided over a small non-denominal church in a busy English airport and that is where the current story takes place. He is embroiled in controversy over the right of a priest to withhold evidence based on the Seal of Confession, believing that information given during confession is private between the priest and confessor. That belief drags Michael into criminal court on charges against him in a murder trial.
He is at a distinct disadvantage in a snake pit of intrigue, murder and betrayal because of corrupt law enforcement officers and his own adherence to his belief in his chosen religion.
The story is full of conflict and delves deeply into Father Kieh’s personal beliefs and character.
The editing of A Burning in the Darkness is excellent.
Research is good.
The writing style is strong and tightly focused.
The dialog attributed to the African immigrants is slightly difficult to read because of missing words and usage.
In the last five percent of the book I felt the author skipped ahead at breakneck speed and some important details were omitted. This did not impact the overall ending severely but made it a bit murky.
This is a great story and I highly recommend it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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