While investigating a haunting at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Father Jake Austin encounters the “Night Nurse,” the ghost of a woman killed in a fiery car crash decades earlier. The evidence suggests she was murdered, and Father Jake tracks down her killer in the coldest of cold cases.
The Superior General of his Catholic order learns of his expertise in solving mysteries and sends him to New Orleans to investigate a priest suspected of being both a sexual predator and a thief. As he brings the investigation to a close, he is anxious to return to his parish in Ohio to resume his normal duties.
It is, however, the quiet before the proverbial storm. A car bomb explodes outside his father’s house and another bomb severely injures his associate pastor, and suddenly he is embroiled in a vendetta that endangers those he loves and will entirely change his life and his future.
In Praise of Father Jake Austin Mysteries:
"Interesting, nuanced characters in a finely wrought setting." - Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Wilde Lake.
"Vanek's bittersweet novel will appeal to admirers of Julia Spencer-Fleming's clerical mysteries." - Library Journal
"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 Done Deal and Havana Run.
“John Vanek writes from a place of unusual experience and expertise while bringing the reader into worlds of mystery, medicine, and religion — and the human connections that bridge them all.” - Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of How It Happened
"John A. Vanek deftly takes readers up to the high wire of difficult moral choices. Father Jake Austin’s search for a balance between science and faith will make you a fan of the series, the mystery genre, and physician-writer John Vanek." - Martin Kohn, PhD, director of the Program in Medical Humanities, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
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