The 6th Lamentation by William Brodrick

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Larkwood Priory, Suffolk, 1995: Following his afternoon confessions, Father Anselm is stopped by an old man. What, he is asked, should a man do when the world has turned against him? Anselm’s response—claim sanctuary—is to have greater resonance than he could ever have imagined, for the man returns demanding the protection of the Church. He is Eduard Schwermann, a suspected Nazi war criminal.

Meanwhile, with her life running out, Agnes Aubret unburdens a secret to her granddaughter Lucy. Fifty years earlier Agnes lived in occupied Paris and risked her life to smuggle Jewish children to safety until her group was exposed by an SS officer: Eduard Schwermann.
As Father Anselm struggles to discover the truth about Schwermann’s history and Lucy delves ever deeper into her grandmother’s past, their investigations dovetail to reveal a remarkable story, in which two seemingly unconnected lives shockingly converge. William Brodrick is a master of crisp historical re-creation, precision plotting, and morally complex characterization.


About William Brodrick

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William Brodrick was an Augustinian friar before leaving the order to become a practicing barrister.
Published July 27, 2004 by Penguin Books. 420 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Crime. Fiction

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(July 14)Forecast:A natural handsell to fans of both thrillers and plot-driven literary fiction, Broderick's novel may also benefit from his intriguing life story: he was an Augustinian friar before leaving the order to become a lawyer, and the events of the novel are loosely based on the experie...

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The cast from Agnes's time in Paris comes alive with their own pasts and motives.

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Eduard Schwermann is a ghastly human: a former SS officer in World War II, responsible for numerous deaths in Auschwitz, who one day shows up in present-day England at a priory and asks for sanctuary.

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