Five Star, Dec 2002, 24.95, 263 pp.
Nick Bertetto quit his job as an investigative reporter when an assignment led to the abduction of his wife Joan. As she still tentatively recovers from her harrowing experience, Nick receives an offer to investigate the recent death of Clinton, Indiana town patriarch Signor Gregorio Iavello which was ruled a suicide by the police. His granddaughter Martha and local priest Father Skip think otherwise. Though he believes he should reject the offer, Nick could use the fee and deep inside his heart he likes this type of work albeit he feels some guilt.
Nick begins his inquiries, but fumbles his first interrogation of Martha's brother Tom. Still with the encouragement of his former mentor, he quickly returns to the groove especially questioning the motives of his clients.
Though Nick carries too much baggage from his personal life with his taking care of his three-year-old daughter and the mental troubles of his wife, fans will like him as he seems so everyday people. To learn whether murder or suicide occurred or whether Anna is pulling a con or actually talks with Mary read the book; it is worth the time as SECOND ADVENT is an entreating private investigative tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner