This is the third and final installment in the Emmett Casey Chronicles. While I have read all three, this is my favorite. As the main character, Emmett takes time to reflect on his life as a mature adult; the reader gets to really see this man for who he has always been – A good man trying to convince the world he was not. Only now his world also sees him as a good man. Gone are some of Emmett’s illegal activities but he maintains the ability to get himself into some interesting situations.
Much of Emmett’s practice involves the plain folks – the Amish. I went to college near the Amish communities in Central Pennsylvania and this book brought back a lot of my fond memories of these people and their lifestyle (and a bit of a craving for a Shoo-Fly pie!).
The many stories included in his reflections are held together by a man facing the end of his life. When you look back, do you see the future or just the past?
The Heretic continues the saga of the Casey clan, intensely loyal and devoted, but only to each other. The third in the series, following Bless Me Father, and For I have sinned that are set in the backdrop of war, crime and violence it weaves the tale of a child’s transition from a lonely inner-city and decorated war veteran to the man who looks all too familiar to him, a man like his father.
Surviving through wartime battle, a life of crime and passion. This third novel joins Emmett Casey as he visits the ghosts of his past and struggles to find peace among them.