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The Sixth Lamentation


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ISBN13: 9780142004623
ISBN10: 0142004626
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Larkwood Priory, Suffolk, 1995: Following his afternoon confessions, Father Anselm is stopped by an old man. What, he is asked, should a man do when the world has turned against him? Anselm’s response—claim sanctuary—is to have greater resonance than he could ever have imagined, for the man returns demanding the protection of the Church. He is Eduard Schwermann, a suspected Nazi war criminal.

Meanwhile, with her life running out, Agnes Aubret unburdens a secret to her granddaughter Lucy. Fifty years earlier Agnes lived in occupied Paris and risked her life to smuggle Jewish children to safety until her group was exposed by an SS officer: Eduard Schwermann.


As Father Anselm struggles to discover the truth about Schwermann’s history and Lucy delves ever deeper into her grandmother’s past, their investigations dovetail to reveal a remarkable story, in which two seemingly unconnected lives shockingly converge. William Brodrick is a master of crisp historical re-creation, precision plotting, and morally complex characterization.


"Amid the rush and tumble of a stirring plot, the author's eloquent prose brings power to the tangled and tragic history on which the story is based."--"Publisher's Week."

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William Brodrick was a Franciscan friar before leaving the order to become a practicing barrister.

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Linda Pagliuco, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Linda Pagliuco)
Usually, I'm hard pressed to name a favorite book each year, but for 2011, there's simply no contest. Yesterday I finished The 6th Lamentation, by William Brodrick, and it's one of the 10 best books I've ever read. This is a complex novel, part historical fiction and part thriller, overflowing with compelling characters and fueled by an intricate plot in which nothing is what it seems.

A former Nazi officer, Eduard Schwermann, evaded prosecution for war crimes by escaping to England, where he's lived incognito for 50 years. When his arrest becomes imminent, he seeks sanctuary at Larkwood Priory. Schwermann's case is likely to raise unpleasant questions about the involvement of the Catholic Church, and the Vatican assigns the priory's Father Anselm to look into the possible repercussions. He begins with the sketchy knowledge that Schwermann's escape had something to do with a small French resistance group who smuggled Jewish children out of occupied Paris. As Anselm delves into records and interviews the few now-elderly survivors and their families, an amazing story unfolds.

The 6th Lamentation is both a highly literate mystery and a gripping morality tale, filled with suspense and pathos, misjudgment and misinterpretation, justice and punishment, condemnation and forgiveness. As this book so brilliantly reminds us, the past is always with us, for better or worse.
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Amy Mossman, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Amy Mossman)
A truly wonderful novel/mystery. with so many connections between characters that I never expected.
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Brodrick, William
Penguin Books
Brodrick, William
Historical - General
London (england)
Suspense fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.78x5.10x.77 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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