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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"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
THE STRANGE DEATH OF FATHER CANDY by Les RobertsKirkus Book ReviewsRead 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.- Kirkus Reviews
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.