(From the publisher):
In this chilling, psychological thriller, Brian Evenson delivers with cold precision the tale of a provost from the Corporation of the Blood of the Lamb and his affection—an unholy predilection—for children. The provost's sickness emerges deliberately, and the reader is drawn into the disturbing inner workings of a violent pedophile.
The provost's perverse actions speak for themselves. In this cautionary tale, Evenson exposes the rigid and insular religious community that protects one of its own—an upstanding cleric, a man of God—at the expense of the victims: children from the provost's congregation. In an effort to keep scandal at arm's length, the Church unknowingly, then blindly, gives the provost carte blanche to continue his sordid relations with children.
Evenson holds the reader to the page until the novel's fatal end. En route, he calls to question whether obedience to faith justifies taking every liberty. And he brings to light how a religious institution can be as eager as its secular counterpart to soil its hands for the cause of supposed righteousness.
Original title: Father of Lies
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives