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The Strange Death of Father Candy

A Suspense Novel

Les Roberts

Minotaur Books

Vietnam veteran Dominick Candiotti has been long estranged from his family. His late parents were close to the ruling mob clan in Youngstown, his sister was a bad-tempered and dissatisfied nag, and his middle brother was a corruptible police lieutenant. But in 1985, their oldest brother Richard Candiotti---beloved by every Italian Catholic in Youngstown as “Father Candy”---dies, and Dominick returns home for the funeral.

Dominick is greatly disturbed by Richard’s death, which has been ruled a suicide. Dissatisfied with this answer, he sets out to find the truth, revealing secrets and coming face-to-face with brutality and violence.

Award-winning author Les Roberts pens a riveting and moving tale about walking the fragile tightrope between love and hatred.


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CHAPTER ONE
 

The high funeral Mass was held during the second week of October—the best-attended funeral service in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1985—and almost every mourner was crying. Even the ones who didn’t shed obsequious tears struggled bravely not to. The church was mobbed with almost two thousand people, a larger attendance than most Cleveland Indians games enticed during the 1980s. The overflow—those who arrived too late to be seated in the main cathedral—were shuffled into the auxiliary auditorium of the parish social hall next door, where they could
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"Les Roberts' standalone mystery... is a volatile piece of bloody noir that is extremely fast paced and highly engaging....If you enjoy vigilante justice films and novels, then I highly recommend Les Roberts' The Strange Death of Father Candy....a good standalone mystery that will appeal to fans of noir."--Gumshoe

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Read the Kirkus Review of THE STRANGE DEATH OF FATHER CANDY . In 1985, a hardened Vietnam veteran who's settled in Chicago returns to Youngstown, Ohio, where he grew up and his priest brother has just committed suicide.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Les Roberts

  • Les Roberts won the initial PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition and is the author of the Milan Jacovich mystery series. He is a winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature and the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. Roberts lives in Ohio.

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A Suspense Novel

Les Roberts

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