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The Cardinal and the Crook

Literature & Fiction

On a damp, dreary evening a young unwed mother abandons her two infant sons. The twin brothers, James and John, are adopted by a loving and nurturing father. As they grow older, their distinct personalities become more evident and each chooses a divergent path. Despite impassioned pleading from his brother, James makes a fateful choice which results in deadly consequences. John enters the priesthood and years later, upon learning of his elevation to cardinal, reflects-through a series of flashbacks-upon the people and tragic events that formed him into a powerful, dynamic and compassionate leader.

The message which permeates John’s retrospection is that disappointments, tragedy and loss are inevitable in our lives. We can allow these hardships to weigh us down and destroy us, or we can embrace them with unshakable faith, determination and courage that transforms these adversities into opportunities to grow and become stronger.

The Cardinal and the Crook is an inspirational novel set in contemporary times. It incorporates elements of suspense, action and crime to tell the story of two adopted twin brothers and unshakable faith, courage and perseverance.

Book Bubbles from The Cardinal and the Crook

Opportunity to Grow Stronger

The young seminarian seems to have changed since his brother's tragic death. It takes an encounter with the tough, but empathetic monsignor to turn John around. This scene is an excellent example of the underlying message of the Cardinal and the Crook. We can allow tragedy and loss to weigh us down and destroy us, or we can embrace them with unshakable faith, determination and courage that transforms these adversities into opportunities to grow and become stronger.

The Challenges of Parenthood

Father Pat, who has become extremely attached to the abandoned infants, has made the bold decision to adopt them. His close friend from The Department of Children and Families attempts to dissuade him. The priest acknowledges Frank's concerns and then with passionate eloquence refutes his friend's argument. Father Pat's response will resonate with all parents who have faced the challenges of raising children.

Love Never Dies!

The two brothers are having a deep conversation. James will soon be placed into the FBI's witness protection program and will never be able to see his family again. He continues to berate himself for his poor judgment which resulted in this painful situation. In consoling his brother, John reminds him of a very important fact.

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