A Story of Scorpions by Gabriel Everett

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Reverend Alson Pierce's life is destroyed by the brutal murders of his wife and son. Everything he's loved most dearly is taken from him, and he is left alone with nothing but his damaged faith in God. Upholding the Gospel's commandment to "love your enemies," Reverend Pierce requests entry into a maximum security prison to serve his nemesis, Alex Leonard, in a true Christian sense. When the prison authorities question his intentions and deny him access, the media gets involved and the minister's wish is granted:  He and the murderer are brought together within the prison walls. A documentary filmmaker is granted permission to record this miracle of forgiveness. Reverend Pierce is lauded as a saint. What the public doesn't know is Pierce's intention to shoot the murderer dead.  What the reader doesn't know is whether Pierce will fulfill his desire or not.

In convicted murderer Alex Leonard, Gabriel Everett has created one of the most menacing and enigmatic villains in recent memory. He is violent, racist, remorseless. The bondage and psychological abuse Pierce and his family suffered in their home continues in the prison, even though Leonard's hands and feet are bound in his jail cell. Meanwhile, Pierce battles his own demons and questions the righteousness of God. A Story of Scorpions addresses issues of vengeance and forgiveness, redemption and damnation. It is a profoundly affecting story which touches those fears most thrillers leave untouched.

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A Story of Scorpions is Gabriel Everett's first novel and the first installment of the Beaumont Trilogy.
Published January 7, 1997 by Crown. 248 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And when Pierce responds to Leonard's demand--stop the harassment of Leonard's girlfriend Monica Zeller--first by appealing to his congregation (among whom Leonard insists the harassers are to be found) and then by visiting truculent Monica, catching the perps in the act, and scaring them into la...

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