Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Beginning: Certainty by Victor Bevine



We had two briefs to file in court yesterday and I forgot to post this post. It sat here in draft form. APOLOGIES!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



William Bartlett had visited at the Newport City Jail only once before, on his ninth birthday, when he’d been treated to a tour of the facility by the police commissioner himself, a longtime acquaintance of his father.

Certainty by Victor Bevine. This historical novel is inspired by a true scandal in Newport, Rhode Island near the end of World War I, when a local Episcopal priest was accused of sexual impropriety with Navy sailors.

Certainty would make a great pairing with the new Spotlight movie about the Catholic sex abuse scandal in Boston. I saw the movie last week and it is lights out good. Now I want to read Certainty to get a perspective on how similar scandals were treated in earlier decades. Not much differently, I would imagine -- wrong is wrong.

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