Why I wrote my first legal thriller, Betrayal of Faith

August 24, 2017

Betrayal of Faith was written in response to my personal experience as an attorney in getting a religious organization to come to terms with its crimes. Their priests were and continue to be predators, and the Church, by its silence and its cover-ups, enables their behavior. To ignore and cover-up child abuse in that setting should be limited to fiction, but unfortunately, it has prevailed all over the world for decades.

 

I wrote the book in the late 90's and attempted to have it published. At the time, I was unable to find a company willing to publish it nor was I aware of “self-publishing.” Thus, the book sat of the shelf for almost 20 years until the movie “Spotlight” shed light on the issue. I updated the book and it was published in November 2016.

 

While “Spotlight” focused on exposing the Church through the media, no one had yet presented the issue from the victim’s point of view. I am proud to say that this perspective drives Betrayal of Faith and, in doing so, unveils the Church’s antagonizing, defensive behavior.

 

The clients were victimized, shamed, and called liars. Every “dodge and weave” you can imagine was implemented to deny retribution and discourage the pursuit of justice. Such behavior is despicable, and when the case was finally closed, I was determined to inform the world what attorneys and clients undergo in pursuing these cases.

 

My fictional lawyer and his clients embody those who fight, every day, for simple justice for the citizens of this country.

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