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By Linden MacIntyre

Father Duncan MacAskill is aware all approximately temptation, the entire devious ways in which lonely clergymen convince themselves that their inner most wishes trump their vows. His fellow monks name him the “Exorcist” in the back of his again simply because he’s spent such a lot of his priesthood because the bishop’s clean-up guy, despatched in to self-discipline the wayward clergymen and defuse strength scandal whereas moderating the sentiments of the sufferers too—something that has been more and more donning away at his feel of justice and calling.

And so, whilst the bishop hears giant media scandal could be heading their means and indicates Duncan relocate to tasks in a rustic parish, he's simply too keen. the difficulty is the parish is particularly close to the place Duncan grew up. The lengthy nights within the rectory supply him an excessive amount of time to consider his personal turbulent youth, and to drink, and to imagine a few more.

He’s already teetering while he meets not just a lady he thinks he may well love but additionally a boy who can have been the sufferer of 1 of his fellow priests—a priest he was once charged with disciplining years ago.

Pushed to the verge of collapse via loneliness, tragedy, and surprising self-knowledge, Duncan units out on a plan of action that finds how hidden obsessions and to blame secrets and techniques both locate their approach to the sunshine of realizing, or poison any likelihood we've for romance and religious peace.

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