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Reader's Entertainment Radio Presents thriller author Lee Charles as we talk about his debut novel Mother of Mercy.
omeone is torturing and killing attractive young women and putting their ravaged bodies on display with messages – mini-sermons – urging repentance and devotion to the Virgin Mary. The Wilmington, Delaware police turn to Frank Newman, priest and psychologist, to help them stop the killer. But Frank has baggage of his own – baggage that threatens both the investigation and the police lieutenant’s beautiful daughter, Rachel. Drawn into a maelstrom of sexuality and mortification of the flesh, Frank comes face-to-face with his worst fears and is forced to make a terrible choice. But is this the moment of salvation? Or damnation? Both a taut mystery and a meditation on losing one’s way between body and spirit, Mother of Mercy leaves an imprint that remains long after the last page is turned. Written by a forensic psychologist and Catholic seminary graduate, it crackles with authenticity and profound sympathy for the killer who, while lost, may yet be found.
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