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A Whispered Name: A Father Anselm Thriller

William Brodrick

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ISBN 13: 978-14683-1115-0
Trim Size: 6"x9"
Overlook Press
September 19, 2017

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Father Anselm investigates the atrocities of war in this gripping mystery, proving that no one can truly escape the darkness of their past.

The next installment of the Father Anselm thrillers, praised by Jeffery Deaver as “reminiscent of the early works of John le Carré,” A Whispered Name reaches into the mysteries of one man's past and casts light on the long shadows war leaves behind.

In the Larkwood Priory, secrets are rare. So Father Anselm is deeply dismayed by an allegation against Herbert Moore, one of the founding fathers of the Priory and the man who shaped his own vocation. The claim is inconceivable, but Anselm soon learns that Herbert did indeed have secrets in his past that he kept hidden all his life.

While investigating the accusation, Father Anselm discovers the horrors of a long-buried secret of war involving the young Captain Moore. A novel of moral complexity, superb characterization and, above all, profound humanity, A Whispered Name is fit to stand with the finest thrillers inspired by the First World War.


“In William Brodrick’s prize-winning series of moral thrillers . . . Mr. Brodrick, a former Augustinian friar who became first a lawyer and then a novelist, proves himself to be as adept as his protagonist at playing God's advocate on behalf of all the compromised characters the reader encounters. Whatever twists of fate that may be thrown at Father Anselm, he stays on the side of the oppressed.” ―Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

“[Brodrick] weaves exciting shadowy drama with deep characterization.” GQ (UK)

“Brodrick's writing it beautiful.” Publisher's Weekly

“Riveting . . . Brodrick writes like a master.” Booklist (starred review)

“A great treat for those of us who cut our mystery teeth on G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories―as well as for readers intrigued by the frictions of Europe’s small nations and large conflicts . . . a complex and intriguing tale.” Kingdom Book Mysteries

“An appealing and accurate study of life in the totalitarian communist states of Eastern Europe during the Cold War [featuring] paranoia, fear, betrayal, and the raw struggles of survival.” Mystery Scene Magazine

“A highly rewarding novel to read . . . not to be missed. Brodrick is an expressive writer who displays a steady voice and a sure hand with his characters, his sense of history, and his exploration of powerful themes. The Father Anselm thriller series is highly recommended.” New York Journal of Books

“William Brodrick takes us on a deep dive into fascism and resistance with this story of 20th-century Poland and one woman’s suffering for her role in the struggle.” ―Salem Macknee, The News and Observer

"Compellingly read and, as Great War books go, a worthy successor to Jennifer Johnston, Pat Barker and Sebastian Faulks."The Guardian

"He has succeeded in telling a passionately human story about a most inhuman moment in history." The Irish Times

"A moving account of human sacrifice and heroism." Time Out

WILLIAM BRODRICK was an Augustinian friar before leaving the order to become a barrister. He won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award in 2009, and is the author of six novels featuring Father Anselm, all available or forthcoming from Overlook.

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