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Of the Faithful Departed

by Liam D. Dwyer

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Of the Faithful Departed

Father William O’Brien had been parish priest in a small rural Ontario village for 28 years when, one morning in November 1987, he was found dead in his rectory. But why, in the event of his death, would a priest in an obscure parish leave a box containing a revolver and a journal entrusted to his friend Dr. James Maloney?

Dr. Maloney already suspected that Father O’Brien had been engaged in unusual and highly secret business for the Church during the last months of his life. The revelations in the journal, however, go far beyond anything the doctor could have imagined. With the communist regime in Poland tottering, Father O’Brien had been drawn into a dangerous plan devised at the request of the Vatican to get badly needed funds to the underground Solidarity movement.

Heading to a clandestine rendezvous in Europe with a suitcase full of cash, Father O’Brien is disturbed to learn that the Mafia has not only been recruited by the Vatican to protect him at all costs—even murder—but may have involved the Vatican in its money-laundering schemes. His faith is shaken even more when he falls in love with the beautiful woman the Mafia has recruited to extract from him crucial information even the mob doesn’t know.

Never sure who his enemies are, but certain that they want to kill him, Father O’Brien must outwit his adversaries even as he wrestles with moral issues that strike to the heart of what it means to be a Catholic priest.

 

AUTHOR

Liam D. Dwyer, the youngest of eight children, was born in Eganville, Ontario, in 1923. Joining the Canadian Navy om 1942, he served as a Petty Officer on the HMCS Sarnia, which was assigned to convoy duty in the North Atlantic and to mine sweeping off Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

After the war, he worked for A.V. Roe (later called Hawker Siddley) on the Orenda and Iroquois gas turbines, the later being used as the power plant for Avro Arrow. He retired from the company after thirty seven years in senior management positions.

He is author of the six books in the popular Murdoch in Muskoka mystery series, as well as a WWII novel titled A Full and Careful Investigation.

With his wife, Mary, Liam enjoys their home on Lake Muskoka at Gravenhurst and vacationing in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

 

DETAILS

Publisher: Largo Literary Productions, 2011
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-9868177-0-0 9781896350301
Price: $14.95 CDN/softcover
Format: 280 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in





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