The Priest’s Graveyard
Center Street, Hatchette Book Group, April 19, 2011
ISBN No. 978-1599953342
The Priest’s Graveyard is a very different book. The characters are unique and the story line very unusual. Two people from very different backgrounds meet and join forces to reach a common goal.
Danny Hansen is a priest but a very unusual priest. Danny is originally from Bosnia where he watched his mother’s murder. He avenged his mother before he came to America. He has set out to avenge other people who have suffered at the hands of tyrants.
Renee Gilmore is a young woman who had left her home and moved to California to go to school and make something of her life. Renee found drugs instead and wound up in an alley. As she staggered out of the alley, a car hit her. The driver of the car picked her up and took her home. His name was Lamont Myers and Renee referred to him as her “angel”. She lived a solitary existence with Lamont. Lamont owned a glass house and had many rules that Renee was to follow. She followed his orders, took the pills he provided her and felt she was living a good life. In reality, she was a prisoner.
When Lamont left and did not return Renee did not know what to do next. She knew that Jonathan Bourque was Lamont’s partner and that he used to be a priest. Lamont referred to Bourque as “the devil”. Renee made up her mind to leave the house that Lamont owned and find Bourque and force him to tell her what happened to Lamont.
Renee met Danny when she was trying to contact Bourque. She confided in Danny who agreed to teach her things she would need to know to be successful in her vendetta against Bourque. This partnership turns into tragedy for both individuals when they team up to murder.
Dekker has written a story that is haunting. The two characters are finally forced to step back and face reality and the reality is not pleasant.
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid, February 2011.