Body and Blood
By Michael Schiefelbein
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312330194, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 18, 2007
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As a sixteen-year-old Catholic seminarian, Chris Sieb had a deep crush on fellow student Jack Canston. Now, twenty-five years after parting ways, Jack has transfered to the Kansas City diocese where he once again encounters Chris - now Father Sieb - a devoted priest and closeted gay man. After seeing each other for the first time, the two rekindle their boyhood yearnings, beginning a secret relationship.Their reverie is brief, however, abruptly shaken when another closeted priest in the diocese, a former classmate of the two, dies suddenly, an apparent suicide. Shortly thereafter a letter arrives at the archbishop's office claiming that more was going on than anyone ever expected. As his secret affair continues, Chris begins to realize there is something horribly wrong with Jack, some dark secret he's withholding, one somehow connected to their deceased classmate - and that the threat it represents is closer than he could ever guess. Now his one chance to survive lies in finally uncovering the truth.
MICHAEL SCHIEFELBEIN is the author of the Lambda Literary Award nominated Vampire Vow and Vampire Thrall. After spending ten years studying for the priesthood, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a doctorate in English. He resides in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is a professor of writing and literature.
"A sexy, savory novel ... Schiefelbein is a masterfully atmospheric writer."--Richard Labonte, reviewer for Book Marks and Q Syndicate on BLOOD BROTHERS "[An] audacious, erotic and entertaining novel... Sexy, suspenseful and yes, spiritual."--Philadephia Gay News on VAMPIRE VOW