From an award-winning writer and broadcast journalist, a deeply wise and moving novel that explores the guilty minds and spiritual evasions of Catholic priests.
Father Duncan MacAskill has spent most of his priesthood as the 'Exorcist' - an enforcer employed by his bishop to discipline wayward clergy and suppress potential scandal. He knows all the devious ways that lonely priests persuade themselves that their needs trump their vows, but he's about to be sorely tested himself.
Sequestered in a small rural parish to avoid an impending public controversy, Duncan must confront the consequences of past cover-ups and the suppression of his own human needs. Pushed to the breaking point by loneliness, tragedy and sudden self-knowledge, Duncan discovers how hidden obsessions and guilty secrets either find their way to the light of understanding, or poison any chance we have for love and spiritual peace.
“MacIntyre is a fine writer”
“Above all, it's a page-turner which renders existential questions about personal responsibility into fodder fit for a thriller”
“Impressive in the breadth of its concerns ... what is striking about The Bishop's Man is the way the author achieves a necessary balance, keeping a judicious distance between himself and his tale of institutional corruption and its dire effect. Both dispassion and compassion inform his narrative”
Times Literary Supplement
“The character of MacAskill, whose theological musings are worthy of Graham Greene, is rich and complex .The remote and decaying fishing village, with its cast of lost and lonely souls, also rings with conviction”
“Powerful... An overwhelming sense of secrecy pervades every exchange, every turn and twist of the story”
“Very readable, with a hint of Graham Greene”
William Leith, Scotsman