From the opening pages, readers of The Empty Confessional realize that newly minted priest Gabe Russell has developed a thirst for blood, as he confronts confessors of unforgivable sins. All the while, Gabe himself is conflicted. He is sexually attracted to Michelle, a teacher at the seminary, and he is frustrated by the church’s tacit policy of protecting pedophilic priests. The Empty Confessional is a complicated tangle of relationships, reckoning, and the struggle between what’s legal and what’s right.
The Empty Confessional
by Tom Hogan
Genre: Crime Fiction | Suspense
Everything is going Gabe Russell’s way. He’s successful in his new job, he’s a martial arts expert, his novel’s about to be published, and he’s got a crush on a woman at work that appears to be reciprocated.
There’s just one problem: Gabe is a priest. And he’s coming undone.
The Empty Confessional is a story of righteous vengeance-and its costs. Torn between his attraction to his former teacher and his calling, Gabe finds release for his religious and sexual frustration through violent penance-retribution against the abusers and rapists he discovers through the confessional and the pedophilic priests within his own ranks.
Investigating these assaults is Carla Jessup, a cynical detective with her own issues with the law. The result is a complicated relationship, in which priest and detective are alternately sources, partners and foes.
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