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Prayer by Philip Kerr
  

Prayer

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Fans will find this very different from his period spy Bernie Gunther novels. Here we have FBI agent Gil Martin questioning his faith much to his wife’s horror. Gil finds a Christian organisation that believes that, through the power of prayer, they can bring down an avenging angel. Certainly some rather strange unexplained deaths occur. This is part religious meditation, part exposure of the American charismatic church men who make money out of religion and part the rejection of traditional beliefs. Is there a God of love or a God of fear? Powerful stuff, wrapped round an intriguing thriller.

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Synopsis

Prayer by Philip Kerr

Special Agent Gil Martins investigates domestic terrorism for the Houston FBI. He is a religious man who is close to losing his faith; the very nature of his job has led him to question the existence of a God who could allow the things that Gil sees every day. But Gil's wife Ruth doesn't see things the same way and his crisis of faith provokes a fracture in their marriage. Gil's world is breaking apart. At the same time, Gil starts to investigate a series of unexplained deaths that bring this crisis of faith into uncomfortable focus. When Esther, a disturbed woman, informs Gil that these men have been killed by prayer, Gil questions her sanity. But as the evidence mounts up that there might be something in what she says, his new-found atheism is severely challenged, more so as he finds his own life is next on the line.

Reviews

'A cracking thriller ... the story unfolds at a white-knuckle pace with a sense of the unknown that is genuinely disturbing'
The Times. The Times

'A high-concept novel tackled in unabashed fashion'
Independent. Independent

'Gripping'
Sunday Mirror. Sunday Mirror

'Tantalisingly creepy ... genuinely scary ... satisfyingly malign'
Observer. Observer

About the Author

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1956, and lives in London. He is the author of March Violets, The Pale Criminal, A German Requiem, A Philosophical Investigation, and Dead Meat. He has also edited two anthologies. In 2011 Philip Kerr was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work.

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Publication date

26th September 2013

Author

Philip Kerr

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
480 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781782065739

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