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Item Number: 22113

Catalog Code: Bleeder

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When classics professor Reed Stubblefield is disabled in a school shooting, he retreats to a rural Illinois cabin to recover and write a book on Aristotle.

Oddly, in the chill of early March, the campgrounds and motels of tiny River Falls are filled with the ill and infirm -- all seeking the healing touch of the town's new parish priest, reputed to be a stigmatic, who bears on his hands and feet the wounds of Christ.

Skeptical about religion, Reed is nevertheless drawn into a friendship with the cleric, Rev. Ray Boudreau, an amiable Aquinas scholar with a fine library.

Then, as Fr. Boudreau carries the Cross up to the altar during solemn Good Friday services, he collapses and bleeds to death right in front of his horrified parishioners.

A miracle? Or bloody murder?

Discovering he’s the prime suspect in the unexplained death of his friend, Reed races to find the truth before he gets arrested . . . or killed.

Because not everyone in town wants this mystery solved.

Imagio Catholic Fiction, from Sophia Institute Press

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This item received 5 stars overall. Unputdownable

With the vampire fad cycle at another peak, you might think that a book with a title like Bleeder would be just another tedious take on that worn-out genre. Well, if you thought that, you would be wrong.

I must say up-front that I do not usually seek out mysteries to read. But in the case of Bleeder, I am glad that I did. Bleeder is a cleverly written old-fashioned murder mystery with a distinctly Catholic flavor. John Desjarlais is one of those rare writers who possesses the talent to conceive a good story, the skill to tell it artfully, and the knowledge to make it a fascinating read. Bleeder is undeniably engaging--so engaging that I blew through it in a couple days. The plotting is fast-paced and coherent. The characters are realistic and sympathetic. I especially appreciated the author's liberal and appropriate use of quotes from Aristotle and his obvious knowledg Full Review...

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