'The publishers have come up with a winner here’ - Mark Timlin, Independent
Rookie news reporter Jack Stannard is piecing his post-army life together.
After serving two tours in Iraq he now works the graveyard shift at the Tribune newspaper– picking up the dregs of stories more senior reporters won’t touch.
That is until he receives a tip off regarding the miraculous recovery of terminally ill cancer patient Jimmy Carlson on the children’s ward of a Chicago hospital.
Stannard’s stock rises following his big scoop, but more impossible recoveries follow, confounding doctors and specialists the world over.
Jack is drawn into something far bigger and all encompassing than he could ever have imagined, as he sets about trying to track down the mystery healer.
Meanwhile, historian Paul Grant is also struggling to leave his military past behind.
However, his hopes of leading a quiet, academic life at his Chicago University campus take a blow when he is sent to Turin to join a team inspecting an ancient religious artefact.
That artefact is The Shroud – supposedly the burial garment of Christ before the resurrection.
An innocuous injury Paul acquires whilst scrutinising the relic changes something deep within him, leaving him possessing a power not bestowed on man since biblical times.
But Paul’s altruism is tested relentlessly by a ruthless and sadistic CIA agent, hell bent on cultivating Paul’s gifts for his own political ends.
Paul is thrust into a perpetual battle between using his new abilities to help those in greatest need, and protecting himself and his young family from those who’d seek to abuse his gifts...
“In a truly benevolent world, Paul Grant would become a messiah, a religious prophet—something ethereal. But he lives in my world, and there’s no way to escape the wolf at his door.”
Praise for Thomas Laird
‘Although Anglin’s supposed connection with the Kennedy assassination becomes clear early on, Laird keeps the suspense churning as leads fall apart.’ – Publishers Weekly
‘More tightly knit than his even more grisly debut.’ – Kirkus Reviews
‘It’s always good to get in at the start of something major. And I think that Lieutenant Jimmy Parisi... could be very major indeed. The publishers have come up with a winner here’ - Mark Timlin, Independent
Thomas Laird has several short stories published in US literary magazines and a collection of short fiction called Blue Collar and Other Stories , also published in the US. He teaches creative writing, literature and composition in central Illinois. He is also the author of Season of the Assassin and Cutter which are part of his Jimmy Parisi series.
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