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Filming a documentary in Vermont, a fly fisherman hooks a corpse

Lawton is a peaceful town, resting between the Bluekill River and the soaring heights of the Green Mountains. But eighty years ago, this bucolic New England hamlet was decimated by the Spanish influenza. Only Father D'Angelo stood in its way, healing with his hands even as the plague ravaged his body. But beneath his sinless exterior, dark secrets tormented the miracle worker.


Decades later, troubled documentarian Patrick Gallagher comes to Lawton, attempting to tell Father D'Angelo's story. But thoughts of his ex-wife plague him, making him numb to the world and incapable of anything but fly-fishing in the Bluekill. There he snags something that rips his numbness away-the waterlogged corpse of a murdered local. The body draws him into the investigation of a string of bizarre deaths, the origins of which stretch back more than a century-to the time of influenza, and the horrors of the massacre at Wounded Knee.

ABOUT Mark T. Sullivan

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Mark T. Sullivan (b. 1958) is an author of thrillers. Born in a Boston suburb, he joined the Peace Corp after college, traveling to West Africa to live with a tribe of Saharan nomads. Upon returning to the United States, he took a job at Reuters, beginning a decade-long career in journalism that would eventually lead to a job as an investigative reporter for the San Diego Tribune.

    Sullivan spent the winter of 1990 living with a group of skiers in Utah and Wyoming, and used the experience as the foundation for his first novel, The Fall Line (1994). In 1995 he published Hard News, a thriller based on his work as a reporter, and a year later he released The Purification Ceremony, which won the WH Smith Award for Best New Talent. His most recent work is Private Games (2012), which he co-authored with James Patterson. Sullivan lives with his family in Montana, where he skis, hunts, and practices martial arts.