From the moment a bloody and battered woman came to my church for refuge, I was drawn into a web of blackmail, torture, murder and corruption of the highest order in Chicago politics. I’d have to put aside my own crisis of faith and help her. God would want me to… More
Those are the words of Deacon Adelius, protagonist of my thriller, Deacon’s Winter. Deacon works, and struggles with his issues of faith, at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in the tough Chicago neighborhood where he grew up. He's a product of the streets, and the contacts he's retained—as well as the moves he learned as an MP in the Army—help him survive, and, in his own way, do the work of the Church. He is an “announcer” within a secret society of the Catholic Church called the “Gabrians,” who have developed a unique system of ridding the church of its sexual predators.
A battered woman who ends up at his church, and whom he hides in his room there to protect her, turns out to be a high-end madam who is blackmailing the candidates for Mayor and Governor. She is discovered, Deacon is wounded and she is taken. When she’s found murdered wearing Deacon’s sweatshirt, he becomes a suspect. Thus he is drawn into a world of violence, blackmail, murder and political corruption.
Deacon’s Winter is a story that could be pulled from the front page of any Chicago newspaper. It is the story of a man struggling to do the work of God in the midst of Chicago’s dark streets and politics. If you enjoy good thriller stories as much as I do, Deacon’s Winter should appeal to fans who appreciate the engaging characters, edge-of-the-seat drive and adventures in the darker side of the human soul in novelists like Lee Child, Harlan Coben and John Connolly.