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Watertown - Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library MERKEL, E. Book Adult Fiction

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A bomb destroys a clinic in the Florida town of Spanish Bay after 13 year-old Maddie Shepard collapses, inexplicably displaying the marks of stigmata on her palms. Within days, the two events have combined to spark religious and social turmoil.

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Det. Aria Quynn of Florida's Spanish Bay Police Department is caught between the FBI and a reporter bent on getting an exclusive. The story opens when an abortion clinic is bombed, and a 13-year-old girl has visions of the Mother of God in a shopping mall. Quynn must determine whether these "visions" are connected to the bombing. Raising the specters of stigmata, the abortion debate, religious fanaticism, and extremist terrorism in the United States, Merkel (Dirty Five) keeps the reader riveted as the story plays out to an unexpected ending. Using his background in journalism, Merkel draws a fascinating picture of the difference between a police officer's investigation for the truth and a reporter's search for a story. See Edna Buchanan for more of this genre juxtaposition. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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