Father Jake Austin must decide whether to turn his back on his biological father, the man who deserted him as a child, or to turn the other cheek and save him from a vengeful drug lord, risking his own life and the lives of those he loves.
In praise of ABSOLUTION :
"Absolution by John Vanek is the very stuff from which hit movies and TV murder mystery shows are made! A simply riveting read from beginning to end, comprised of deftly crafted and memorable characters.” - Midwest Book Review
"A timely and convincing foray into the shadow world of prescription pain-killer abuse. Father Jake may be a dedicated man of the cloth but he is also a man of action, making him well-suited to confront the demons in this richly conjured landscape." - Les Standiford, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Adam Home, Done Deal and Havana Run.
"The story moves at a rapid pace. Father Jake has a compassion that seeps off the pages." - InD’tale Magazine
“John Vanek once again leverages his unique background as he guides readers through this engaging mystery set against a backdrop of medicine and religion. Readers will long remember Father Jake Austin.” - Lori Roy, two-time Edgar award-winning author of Gone Too Long.
"A mystery set on the edge of darkness with complex characters, Absolution is Vanek’s latest compelling read.” - Gale Massey, author of The Girl From Blind River.
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In praise of the Father Jake Austin Mystery Series:
“The mystery is intriguing, with an edge of darkness that keeps things interesting. The main character, Jake, is delectably complicated and conflicted.” — InD’tale Magazine
“Vanek's bittersweet novel will appeal to admirers of Julia Spencer-Fleming's clerical mysteries.” — Library Journal
"Author John Vanek brings G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown into the twenty-first century and sprinkles in hints of PBS's Grantchester. You will not be disappointed." — The Publish or Perish Writers
“This mystery kept me guessing until the last clue had been discovered. John A. Vanek is definitely on my must-read list for anyone who enjoys the traditional mystery.” - Reader View