Massacre of the Innocents

by Thomas Stacey


Book Details

The turmoil that we see in the Catholic Church today begins to unravel in an idyllic Polish Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan in the 1950’s. A priest’s body found hanging in a church belfry appears to be an apparent suicide but evolves into an investigation of suicide, accident, or possibly murder.

Father John Paziek, a battle-hardened World War II former chaplain is the assistant pastor at Saint Francis Church. As he assists the police into what happened, he seeks help from an unlikely source – Calvin Teasley, the operator of a blind pig in the black ghetto of Detroit.

Father John is also solicited by the Detroit Archdiocesan Bishop to seek out other priestly problems in the Church. Conflict with the Bishop’s goals to protect the Church clashes with Father John’s goals of protecting any possible victims. A baroque painting in the Bishop’s study takes on a symbol representing the story and the conflict in the Catholic Church.


About the Author

Thomas Stacey

Thomas Stacey resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he retired with his late wife Sandra. “Massacre of the Innocents” is his third novel. His first novel “The Sam Browne” was winner of the INDIE Book Awards contest 2018 in the Thriller genre. His second novel “Alone, Together, Nevermore” was a finalist in the Indie Book Awards 2020. Thomas is a graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. He is fulfilling his lifelong dream of writing and publishing compelling stories for everyone to enjoy. He has two sons, Craig and Kyle and two grandchildren, Hope and Justin.

Also by Thomas Stacey

The Sam Browne
Alone, Together, Nevermore
Devil's Night
Epiphany of Evil
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