In “Woven Silence” (ISBN 1475077629), Barbara Green writes a powerful mystery about the death of the patriarch of a prominent family. Jake Lavarone seemed to spend his last days in a peaceful repose. Attended by the best medical professionals with his loving family always by his side, Jake appeared to be going out in the best way possible. Yet it is whispered that his decline might not have been natural after all. His death calls attention to a long silence over an incident from the Great Depression that both protects and entraps his family.
Father Brendan Byrne, a determined academic sleuth, makes his way into the family secrets. In his unobtrusive, delicate manner, he gathers a wealth of clues and motives, which range from counterfeit ration coupons and a neglected, neurotic granddaughter to a spoiled scion and a favorite son who has suddenly vanished. Father Byrne must untangle the deeds of the guilty without stirring the suspicions of the innocent. “Woven Silence” will appeal to lovers of academic mysteries who prefer their plots on the soft-boiled side of the sleuth spectrum.
The book is heavily influenced by the Genesis story of Joseph and his brothers. In this modern-day retelling, the story takes place in Berkeley’s liberal and inter-religious Graduate Theological Union. The eclectic city and the University of California form the backdrop. The novel traces the inexplicable disappearance of a son from his family, animosity and guilt amongst kin, parental favoritism and the beginnings of a resolution to take on the sins of the past.
“Woven Silence” is an academic mystery pitched to lovers of books with decent characters caught up in morally complex events that challenge to perform at life even better. By following the circumstances linked to an old man’s death, the academic sleuth will find a crime rooted in the Depression era that carries with it the fraught moral weight of the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers.
“Woven Silence” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Barbara Green earned a doctorate degree in Near Eastern religions from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. A Dominican Sister, she teaches biblical studies and Christian spirituality at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. She has published numerous scholarly articles and books. “Woven Silence” is her third mystery featuring Dominican priest and academic Brendan Byrne.
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