The Hounds of Rome - Mystery of a Fugitive Priest

By Tom Clancy

Father Steve Murphy, a Roman Catholic priest, pastor of a parish in an prosperous suburb of Washington, DC, respected by way of his parishioners, believes he's approximately to be increased to Monsignor. yet, instantly, he's transferred with no clarification to a brief college instructing put up. almost immediately after, he's ordered to a prison-like correctional monastery deep within the Sonora wasteland of Arizona. Murphy understands that he has been a religious priest and is wondered and offended that he has been thrown in with the derelicts of the Catholic clergy. on the monastery, he unearths that he has been forged one of the pedophiles, alcoholics, embezzlers and different severe offenders who the church hierarchy is pressuring to surrender or be defrocked. confident that God wishes him to proceed his ministry, he escapes. Murphy is now a fugitive, pursued by way of clergymen from the monastery who're little greater than thugs with others to "do no matter what it takes" to forestall him and go back him to the monastery, or maybe kill him, if helpful. Why, Steve Murphy asks himself, is his church doing this to him?

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Elmer provided him a cigarette. “No thank you, I give up. ” “But the place will you pass? What in the world will you do? ” “I haven’t notion out the main points yet i do know i've got a number of stops to make. I’m going to determine my brother. He lives close to Boston. and that i are looking to perform a little snooping round to determine what in hell is in the back of all this. ” “What am i able to do to assist? ” “Thanks, yet i must do that by myself. incidentally, do you want cash? ” Steve requested. “I may give you a few hundred from the stash I had hidden in my chalice case. you could want it in the event you ever consider leaving this position. And while i locate the place my different stuff is stored—my pockets and credits cards—I’ll be in lovely fine condition financially. ” “Some dough will be an immense help,” Elmer acknowledged. “I doubt that i'll ever go away the following, however the funds will hold me in cigarettes. ” “Elmer, in case you ever are looking to get involved, you could achieve me via my brother Jonathon in Wayland, Mass. , Murphy genuine property. incidentally, understanding they cross basically by way of numbers and primary names right here, you most likely don’t be aware of my final identify. It’s Murphy. Stephen Murphy. ” “I’m Elmer Gustafson. i've got a sister, Anna. She’s divorced so she is going through her maiden identify. you will be capable of get involved with me via her. She lives within the kinfolk homestead—a little city referred to as Brunswick, Maryland. each person is aware the Gustafsons in Brunswick. yet inform me, Steve, how will you locate your method with out getting misplaced within the desolate tract? ” “I plan to keep on with that decrepit outdated cell line. ” “I don’t imagine that’s a good suggestion. the road is going west, might be all of the approach to Yuma… I’m not likely definite. you may spend per week touring and God is familiar with the place you’d finish up. when you get into that sizzling a part of the barren region you may fry within the sunlight and when you shuttle at evening that’s whilst the animals are at the prowl. i feel you’d be at an advantage heading east to Tucson. attempt to cross northeast in the direction of Interstate 10. keep on with the emerging solar, and sooner than lengthy you’ll see the mountains within the distance. You’ll have a few mountain passes to get via, however it can be cool on the greater elevations. even if frankly, Steve, happening foot, and attempting to get to civilization from the following might be tricky irrespective of which path you decide. That’s why the brothers rebuilt this project out the following to start with. ” “Thanks for the recommendation. i suppose I’ll take an opportunity on Tucson. Jeremy introduced me out right here from Tucson on I-10. i'd have the ability to spot a few recognizable landmarks. ” the 2 clergymen then stated so long in a pleasant embody, then, creating a signal of the move, gave one another a blessing: “In nomine patris, in filii, in spiritu sancti. ” “God be with you, Steve. ” “And additionally with you, Elmer. ” ***** Steve slipped again into his room. there has been nearly not anything there worthy taking with him other than his silver crucifix, rosary beads and a few underwear. subsequent he went to the provision room. It used to be locked. As he fiddled with the lock, a tall determine in a grey behavior got here out of the darkness. It limped in the direction of him looming over his shoulder as he crouched pulling at the lock with all his may well.

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