Bruce Weber grew up in Indianapolis, in the neighborhood that is the setting for Dark Manna. He moved to Arizona in 1998. He lives in Tucson, where he is self-employed. Bruce says the writer who has influenced him most is James M. Cain, who wrote the Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce. Of Cain’s work, Weber says, “Cain told more story with fewer words than any writer I know of, and from reading his books, I became imbued with his own worst fear: a gnawing terror of boring the reader.”
In this eclectic collection of twelve stories Bruce E. Weber brings together humility and arrogance, spirituality and aggression, innocence and harsh lessons to illuminate the human experience, that the lighter and darker sides seldom exist in a vacuum and that serendipity and irony often play major roles in the ever-evolving landscape of human life and human interactions.
In his efforts to save his parish, Father Gowan contends with a bishop who would like to see him defrocked and St. Martin’s sold off, dodges a local crime boss who wants him dead, and struggles to avoid a romantic entanglement with Rosa Dominguez, a sultry widow who reveals her sinful thoughts to him in confession, then invites him to dinner an hour later after Mass.