By Andrew Nugent
The riveting new crime novel by Irish Benedictine Monk Andrew Nugent which explores the terrible darkness in our souls
All murders are shocking, none more so than a death in a school . . .
When Maurice Tyson, housemaster in a top boys boarding school in Ireland, is found on the floor of a dormitory with his throat slit, even Superintendent Denis Lennon and Sergeant Molly Power of the Irish Police Force are shaken but, above all, perplexed.
Is it a revenge killing? A kidnap attempt by terrorist operatives gone badly wrong? Or is there a connection to a former student who killed himself in a horrible way barely a year ago?
Then a boy mysteriously disappears and, as the hunt gets underway for his abductors, events take a further dark turn. Sir Neville Randler, former occupant of the castle which the school now occupies, is found murdered bearing the signature mark of a slit throat.
Someone out there has an awful lot to hide and will stop at nothing...
Andrew Nugent lives in Ireland and is a former practising trial lawyer who now, as a monk of the order of St Benedict, is Prior at Glenstal Abbey, a boys` school in Limerick. He worked for some years in a monastry in Nigeria, West Africa and has spent time in Israel, Chicago and New York.
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04 Sep 2008
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Hachette Books Ireland
Praise for Andrew Nugent — ***
'An erudite, witty and altogether delightful debut, full of characters laced with eccentricity and Irish charm' — Kirkus Reviews (starred)
'A rip-roaring read' — Irish Examiner
'Carries the reader along from its start right to the surprising and shocking denouement' — Irish Independent
'The author, a former lawyer who is now a Benedictine monk, has an elegant, witty style... and entertaining story with nice touches of humour' — Sunday Telegraph
'It would take an iron will not to find oneself swept along by the pace at which the story is told' — The Irish Times
Excellent ... Nugent deploys all the intellect and linguistic brilliance required of his former profession, coupled with the deep humour, understanding and genuine interest in his fellow human beings essential to his vocation — The Guardian