The Cure by Athol Dickson

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Sometimes The Cure is much worse than the disease.

Riley Keep, former missionary, now a drunk, is begging on the streets and desperate to forget a past he lost in one far-flung act of wickedness. Then he hears the rumors. Miracles are happening in the picture postcard village of Dublin, Maine.

Riley isn't the only Pilgrim searching for deliverance. There's the old woman fleeing a horrific monster, the lonely wife tempted by forbidden desire, the impoverished lobsterman lured by tainted wealth, the young girl weighing life and death decisions, and the small town cop with a murder on his hands. But only Riley keep will learn if it's true what people say: sometimes The Cure is much worse than the disease.

"Rich with local dialect and scenery... Dickson's approach is thought-provoking, and his prose beautifully evokes the taciturn spirit of the Mariners who people this novel... Full of interesting ideas and well-developed characters." (Publishers Weekly)

"An involving, suspenseful take on God's transforming grace; it tackles a serious issue while providing an absorbing story." (Library Journal)

About the Author

Athol Dickson's mystery, suspense, and literary novels have won three Christy Awards and an Audie Award.Suspense fans who enjoyed Athol's They Shall See God will love his
latest novel, January Justice, the first installment in a new mystery series called The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs. The second and third novels in the series, Free Fall in February, and A March Murder, are coming in 2013.

Critics have favorably compared Athol's work to such diverse authors as Octavia Butler (Publisher's Weekly), Hermann Hesse (The New York Journal of Books) and Flannery O'Connor (The New York Times). Athol lives with his wife in southern California.

About Athol Dickson

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Athol Dickson is the publisher of the popular news website,, and the author of seven novels and the bestselling memoir, The Gospel according to Moses". His novels of suspense and magical realism have been honored with three Christy Awards and an Audie Award, and compared to the work of Octavia Butler (by Publisher's Weekly") and Flannery O'Connor (by The New York Times"). He and his wife live in Southern California.
Published September 5, 2012 by Author Author. 336 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his follow-up to the Christy Award-winning River Rising, Dickson focuses on a missionary, Riley Keep, who becomes an alcoholic after a devastating experience in the mission field. Blending science

Jul 02 2007 | Read Full Review of The Cure

BC Books

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When Riley Keep makes the long trek from Florida to Dublin, Maine at the beginning of winter with fellow wino Brice on his back, his conscious motivation is to find, for his friend, the alcoholism cure that’s rumored to be available there.

Aug 06 2007 | Read Full Review of The Cure

Riley knows he’s onto something big—a suspicion that’s confirmed when he’s attacked by a band of street people clamoring for his secret.

Aug 28 2008 | Read Full Review of The Cure

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