Book Review - Ordinary Evil
By: Gene Ferraro
Publisher: iUniverse LLC
Publication Date: January 2014
Reviewed by: Diane Lunsford
Gene Ferraro delivers a riveting thriller in his debut novel, Ordinary Evil.
Father Bertrand Dascomb is a Catholic priest. He has a secret...a
very dark secret. His judgment day is between him and his Lord. God
knows what Father Dascomb has done. Others have their suspicions what
the good Father has done as well. Joey Fredette knows. What Joey
couldn’t know was what his destiny would be the day he turned to Father
Dascomb for solace.
Joey was bullied at school and his home life was less than
desirable. He loved his mother, but his father was awful—six beers under
his belt most mornings before 6 a.m. and a free-swinging right hook
that could take Joey down in seconds. Maybe that’s what pushed Joey over
the edge—made him stab young Robbie repeatedly to the tune of 27 times.
Lucky for Joey he had a good attorney who convinced the Catholic judge
to remand him to the state sanitarium versus try him as an adult where
he would most likely rot in prison. Fortunate for Joey, Father Bertrand
Dascomb would be on the receiving end when Joey was ‘reformed’ and
reintroduced to society.
Ronnie loved her boy Kevin. The good Lord blessed her with four
beautiful children, but Kevin was the only son. Kevin loved baseball.
His goal was to work hard and save every cent to buy his coveted
Louisville Slugger bat. Truly it was a sign sent from Heaven when Kevin
became an altar boy in Father Dascomb’s parish. How is it the stars
aligned perfectly so very often for the good Father with the constant
delivery of these magnificent boys? How are Father Dascomb and Joey
Fredette connected to Kevin's death? Detective Teddy Sparta may not have
all the answers, but he is closing in. He may die before he sets the
truth free, but he will meet his maker knowing he did everything in his
power to let it be known.
I give Gene Ferraro major props for selecting such controversial
subject matter for his compelling debut thriller. In the 90’s and into
the millennium there were many instances reported of the questionable
practices between the man of cloth (specifically Catholic clergymen) and
the predatory connection between them and their affinity for innocent
young boys. Mr. Ferraro has managed to deliver a fascinating read as
much as a bone-chilling work of fiction that is quite credible. Ferraro
takes the reader on a journey that transcends from suburban communities
in pristine New England and ties the tragic occurrences back to where it
all began so-to-speak: the Vatican. While Ferraro is quite insistent
this is a work of fiction, there are many opportunities across the pages
of Ordinary Evil where this story alludes to the thought: Holy
cow! This stuff does happen! I applaud Mr. Ferraro for his bravery to
tackle this subject and his ability to do so with dignity and grace in
both his dialogue and prose. This had to have been a challenging book to
write. Ferraro deserves praise for his delivery and courage to do so. I
am a fan Mr. Ferraro and look forward to your next book.
Quill says: Ordinary Evil is a compelling body of work that will linger in your memory long after the last page has been consumed.