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Because of a debilitating illness, Dr.Brian O’Hare [B.A., ADCE(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D] took early retirement in 1998 from his post as Assistant Director of a large Regional College in Newry in Northern Ireland. It transpired that he had an irreversible liver disease (a childhood affliction) that required a liver transplant. Married with three children and ten grandchildren, he now enjoys full health, plays golf, and writes from time to time.
on Aug. 01, 2016 :
When I was growing up in my safe little town in New England, I often heard about what the author calls “the troubles” in Ireland—fighting between Protestants and Catholics. My young mind couldn’t understand how religious people could fight for power. I was a good Catholic, and yet my best friend was Baptist. Older and wiser, I now know there’s much to the so-called “religious” wars that have nothing to do with religion. Even so, as the author states in the book: “Yet we are best known now for our violence and our sectarian hatred.”
This story takes place in the aftermath of those “troubles” and shows the “never-ending cycle of hopelessness” that beats people down. New problems also put Church leaders in turmoil. Do they abide by what they've always believed despite the urge of many to "modernize" their beliefs? The country's turmoil shows also in Inspector Sheehan's introspection as he feels a pull back toward the Church he'd let slip from his life.
This was my first Inspector Sheehan mystery, but I'll be sure to read more.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)