A MOTHER’S ONLY CHILD. A GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY. A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH THAT COULD COST JENNY COOPER HER JOB—AND MAYBE HER LIFE.
SEVERN VALE DISTRICT CORONER JENNY COOPER signed up for the job imagining a quiet life in the English countryside—a chance to repair her relationship with her college-age son and to conquer a frightening addiction to pills that emerged in the wake of her painful divorce. But then Amira Jamal shows up at her office demanding an inquest. Seven years ago, Jamal’s son vanished along with his friend, and the boys, both Muslim university students, have now been officially declared dead. As Jenny begins to investigate their disappearance, she discovers a deepening mystery that appears to involve not only British Security Services but also a shady American agent, an unidentified body, and a missing nuclear scientist. In the face of determined resistance from an Establishment that would prefer the grim truth remain buried, Jenny must fight to control her own inner demons and to bring unspeakable crimes to justice.
Now in paperback, the second novel in this “series to watch” (Booklist) stars coroner Jenny Cooper as she investigates the murder of a porn star turned megachurch devotee.
When Washington-based Mission Church of God opens a new megachurch in Bristol, England, it’s an instant phenomenon. With the help of millionaire Michael Turnbull, it quickly grows to a large congregation. Among the converts to its highly charismatic brand of religion is ex-porn film actress Eva Donaldson, whom Turnbull enlists as the face of a national campaign for legislation banning Internet pornography. When Eva is brutally murdered, Paul Craven, a recently released prisoner, makes a confession to police. But Coroner Jenny Cooper is reluctantly persuaded by Craven’s Catholic priest, the zealous Father Lucas Starr, that there is far more to Eva’s death than the police cared to investigate.
As Jenny enters the emotionally charged world of the Mission Church, she uncovers sinister connections to the apparent suicides of two other congregants. Beset by demons from her own past, Jenny struggles to unearth the buried traumas that continue to haunt her while confronting the dark forces behind the three deaths. The Redeemed is a provocative and compelling mystery that explores the dark waters of false redemption and the fine line between good and evil.
“Readers of Patricia Cornwell will very much enjoy this psychological thriller. Jenny Cooper’s character is flawed and unflinchingly real.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“A chilling blend of religion and corruption.”