To Kill a Priest
|Genre||Crime / Mystery
|Submitted:||Tuesday, 21 September 2010
|Read by:||214 different readers
An Australian story set in the 1970s of two wayward boys at a Roman Catholic home. A cabal of trainee priests forms within the seminary, preying upon the young boys in care. Several boys are raped, one is killed, and the accomplices hide the body.
Six years later, with all the trainees ordained priests, Robbie, a young male prostitute, starts a vendetta. Those responsible are pursued relentlessly, one by one falling prey to the unknown killer.
The story exhibits all the colour and harshness of life in post-war inner Sydney. With alcohol abuse adding to the austerity of the boys' early lives, there is a rapid progression into crime and the welfare system. Intrigue and conspiracy in the seminary, and the failure of the Church to ensure the safety of the boys in care, provides the background. The problems are exacerbated by the laxity of the celibate hierarchy Ė and a cover-up.
The hunt for the killer and the unusual ending makes for an intriguing plot ...and a good read.
A carefully balanced international theme, with much left to the readerís imagination.
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