A classic tale of love, redemption and revenge from the bestselling author of St Agnes Stand Sister Ria made a promise on her mother's deathbed that she would care for her wayward father. And, when he is charged with the murder of a prostitute, she is called upon to act on her word. Reluctantly she returns to the town of her childhood, and to her father's home hoping to reconcile herself with her past and to prove his innocence. But, with only eight days until his execution, she finds herself being hunted by a shadowy figure, a sinister person who has killed before and is capable of doing so again. She must draw on her faith and appeal to God to protect her and aid her in her quest for answers. Beautifully drawn and cleverly realised, 'Souls of Angels' is a book to savour.
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A novel of madness and murder in 19th-century Los Angeles.To escape an impossibly impaired family life, Isadora Lugo has run away from home at 18 and become Sister Ria of the Benedictine Order of the Sisters of Mercy in Poona, India. But trouble back home continues: While stationed at a leper colony, she learns that her father has been accused of murdering Dorothy Regal, a local prostitute, and is scheduled to be executed in eight days. Ria returns to her unwelcoming household, in part to determine whether her father, Don Maximiato, in fact committed the heinous act; however, he's incapable of helping his cause owing to his debilitating madness, the condition that had influenced her earlier flight. Flashbacks to Ria's painful relationship with her father are incorporated into the narrative. They include the time he shaved her head and forced her to dress like a boy after her mother died, and the time he showed up at a birthday party dressed in women's clothes. Every time she tries to force a confession from her father, he deflects her questions with irrationalities and seems incapable of even understanding that his death is imminent. Instead, he spends his time painting obsessively - and even helps minister to the poor Mexicans and Indians who inhabit the local depressed area. Ria confronts her father, her sister and their glacial housekeeper and quickly becomes unsettled. Mysterious objects appear that cast doubt on Don Maximiato's innocence, and an enigmatic figure in a brown cutaway suit appears on the edges of her world to threaten yet another murder. Eventually we find that insanity runs deeper in the Lugo family than even Ria suspected. Eidson (The Missing, 2003, etc.) succeeds in plunging us into a colorful and disturbing world. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Thomas Eidson
Thomas Eidson is Executive Vice President of a large communications firm in Boston. His grandparents lived in Oklahoma Territory, Kansas and Southern Colorado, and it was out of oral family histories and storytelling that his books grew. He is the author of four previous novels including the award-winning 'St Agnes' Stand', which has been optioned by Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. In 2004, Ron Howard made his novel 'The Last Ride' into a feature film, 'The Missing'. Thomas Eidson lives in Boston, Massachusetts.