"Pastor's plot is easily crafted, her prose sharp. . . . A stressful mixture of detection and reflection."—Publishers Weekly
"A secret, it rivets the reader till the tip and past, with its twist of old realities. A old piece, it faithfully reproduces the bleak canvas of battle. a personality learn, it captures the concepts and activities of actual humans, now not stereotypes."—TheFree Lance-Star
Part wartime political intrigue, detective tale, mental mystery, and non secular secret, Ben Pastor's debut follows a German military captain and a Chicago priest as they examine the loss of life of a nun in Nazi-occupied Poland.
In October 1939 Captain Martin Bora discovers the abbess, mom Kazimierza, shot lifeless in her convent backyard. Her alleged energy to work out the longer term has introduced her a faithful following; her paintings and motto, "Lumen Christi Adiuva Nos" ("Light of Christ, support us"), seem additionally to have introduced a few enemies.
Father Malecki has come to Cracow, on the pope's bidding, to enquire mom Kazimierza's powers. The Vatican orders him to stick and help Bora within the inquiry into her killing. shocked via the violence of the career and the ideology of his colleagues, Bora's experience of Prussian accountability is demonstrated to the verge of collapse. The interference of seductive actress Ewa Kowalska doesn't aid matters.
Ben Pastor, born in Italy, has lived for thirty years within the usa, operating as a college professor in Vermont. She is the writer of alternative novels, together with The Water Thief and The hearth Walker (St. Martin's Press).