Religious issues provide a background for murder in this Gregor Demarkian mystery. Four varieties of religious belief are represented on one block in Philadelphia. St. Anselm's Catholic Church is still reeling from the the child molestation scandals. Across the street from St. Anselm's is St. Stephen's Episcopalian Church which has become a refuge for members of the gay community. Down the street from these two churches is a fundamentalist religious group which deplores homosexuality, and across the street from this group is the home of Edith Lawton, an author of articles in atheist magazines. The deaths of two Catholic parishioners are the beginning of a tragic series of events which will involve people of every religious persuasion on the block and even the Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia.
This report prepared by Linda Bertland