This book is more than a novel. It's a testament to one of the most harrowing problems of our time. It's the story of one man's crusade to bring justice to the victims of child abuse. And it's a journey through the dark corridors of the oldest, richest, most powerful religious institution on earth: the Roman Catholic Church.
Louisiana, 1984: a promising young Catholic lawyer named Renon Chattelrault agrees to defend the first ever priest to be charged with committing sex crimes against children. He knows it will be controversial. Most men would stand aside. But Chattelrault is not most men.
With the evidence he has gathered during the defence of a man he abhors, he mounts a crusade to expose the vast conspiracy that goes to the very foundation of the Catholic Church. A conspiracy which has allowed those priests who have abused children to continue committing those crimes. For years, Chattelrault lives and breathes a fight for justice that will cost him everything he has.
This is an astonishing story about one of the great scandals of our time, and one man's epic efforts to put things right.
Ray Mouton was the defense lawyer in one of the most important stories of our time, serving as counsel to the first Catholic priest ever criminally charged with committing sexual crimes against children. This historic case ignited the scandal that continues to threaten the Catholic Church
'An extraordinary novel. I found it moving, even ennobling ... fluently written' The Sunday Herald.
'A scandal that reveals a hero' Ireland Sunday Independent.
'Mouton has written much more than a novel. He is writing history that he alone can record' Reverend Thomas Doyle.