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Collared

Irish Voice columnist Mike Farragher has used the priest sex abuse scandals as the backdrop for his new thriller "Collared." Farragher's book looks at two New Jersey brothers who were abused by their parish priest. One becomes a reporter who exposes the terrible secrecy cloaking the church. The other, however, has himself become a priest, and dedicated his life to making the world a better place. But when a powerful church official learns that this caring priest's brother is the crusading columnist, the trouble has just begun. Farragher's book has an authentic feel for the Jersey parishes in which Collared is set, and manages to explore a sensitive topic without descending into mere polemics. Collared takes a twist when a killer who may or may not be tied to the church emerges, leading two scarred brothers to confront not just their past, but the present. (Go to http://www.collared.net).

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