The Grace Painter by Mark Romang

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Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is the one in the mirror reflecting back at you. Matthew London was once a highly respected hostage negotiator for the NYPD. But then a bungled hostage scene destroyed his career. Now all London wants is to be left alone to lick his wounds. For eight years he has lived like a hermit in a declining plantation house, a broken man with a secret past. Only his talent for painting Renaissance-style paintings and murals keeps his inner demons from totally destroying him. Each day London longs for a chance at redemption, never expecting it to ever happen. But then a young girl from a nearby parish is kidnapped, and London steps out from the shadows. Recruited to help find the missing girl by a down-on-her-luck FBI agent, London quickly finds himself thrust into the starring role of a daring rescue attempt. But before London can rescue the child from her kidnappers, he first must find a way to forgive himself for a past misstep, a blunder that forever altered his once promising life. But in the Atchafalaya Basin swampland, nothing is promised. Grace cannot be earned or purchased. It can only be given.

About Mark Romang

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I was born in 1967. Avid reader, suspense novelist, faithful husband, baffled father, factory worker, reformed head-banger, failed musician, contact sports lover, MMA enthusiast, distressed KC sports fan, Lord of the Rings geek, workout fiend, dog owner, nature lover, proud American, disgruntled voter, pistachio addict, caffeine-riddled, screw-up saved by grace, sojourner. This is me in a nutshell.
Published November 8, 2013 by Mark Romang. 315 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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