The Gardens of the Dead
By William Brodrick
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143112402, 336pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
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In his acclaimed debut, The Sixth Lamentation, William Brodrick introduced one of the mystery genre's most indelible heroes: Father Anselm, English barrister-turned- monk. Marking his triumphant return, The Gardens of the Dead begins with the unexpected death of a former colleague of Anselm's who had reopened an old case-one in which Anselm featured prominently. The monk, soon immersed in a mystery that sheds light on the darkest corners of London's judicial system, finds himself confronting age-old questions: What is justice? What, ultimately, is evil? Psychologically complex and suspenseful, this atmospheric novel establishes William Brodrick as a singular writing talent.