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A death bed request, hauntings and murder lead Maria into a journey of self discovery. To please Adrianna, her dying mother, Maria promises to seek her father, whom she believes long dead. But she never intends to keep this promise. Until her mother starts haunting her dreams. Dreams, memories and visions entice her. Night after night, Adrianna visits Maria's dreams and nags her into fulfilling the deathbed request. Nightmares and visions force her on a quest to Spanish Harlem. She delves into her family history, only to find herself embroiled in a series of mysteries. Among the prostitutes and the crooked police, her family and the street people, she discovers her father was a terrible man: a pimp, thief and drug dealer. Until he is murdered. And more, there is some dark family secret no one discusses. Memories mingle with dreams and visions as she discovers her own past. Failure after failure meets each attempt she makes at solving the mysterious death of her father, who died when she was only nine. With each new discovery, things look worse. She discovers he was murdered by an unknown assailant, his throat cut from ear to ear. The family's dark secret: he was a an incestuous child molester. She learns her father was murdered by a sexual abuse victim. When things become as bad as they can be, Mare discovers that she herself was molested and may even be her father's killer. Dreams tell her she killed him because he was raping her at the age of nine. For comfort, Maria falls back on her childhood religion, Catholicism. At the Feast of Saint Anthony, she goes to Saint Anthony's, the local church, and confesses to the murder. But to her amazement, an old priest tells her that she did not commit the murder. She learns her father is not her father, but a stepfather, who married her mother in a business deal. Adrianna was an unwed girl, pregnant by a handsome young priest. She needed a "father" for the unborn Maria; he needed to mar
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Michael Boccia is a well-published scholar, poet and fiction writer. He is an experienced humanities professor editor and world traveler. In remote Maine, he lives as a medieval monk in a State of Total Confusion and believes in all religions. Michael Boccia is a lost soul, a student of life, a drunkard, a liar and a devil kissed by the gods.
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Book Description Xlibris Corporation, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1413435300
Book Description Xlibris Corporation, 2004. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Seller Inventory # GM9781413435306
Book Description Xlibris Corporation, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1413435300