In the Shadow of a Saint: A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy

In the Shadow of a Saint: A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy

In the Shadow of a Saint: A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy

In the Shadow of a Saint: A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy

Synopsis

The first title in the Ireland based Inspector Matt Minogue Mystery series. Steerforth Press brought out the new sixth book in Spring 2001 & is now making all the other books in the series available in paperback for the first time.

Excerpt

What we call the beginning is often the end / and to make an end is to
make a beginning. the end is where we start from.

—T. S. eliot, Four Quartets

My father. Where does he end and where do I begin? I seem to have spent my whole life chasing his shadow, trying to answer the questions that so many fathers pose to their sons. Is my life predetermined by his? My future defined by my past? Is his story repeating itself through me, or am I the author of my own fate? Is he my father, or am I his son? Where does he end and where do I begin?

I was always my father's son. His influence was visible in just about everything I did: my career, the woman I chose to marry, the reason I shortened my name, the books I read, the way I speak, the way I write, my politics. I used to fantasize about his death, imagining it as the moment when I would finally be free to be my own man, to make my own way in life without having to consider how he would react.

He was hanged in Nigeria on November 10, 1995. On the morning of his execution, he was taken from his prison cell in a . . .

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