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THE DEVIL’S CHAPLAIN tells the story of a young attorney, Charlotte Ambler, who volunteers to represent a death row inmate, a once-prominent biologist named Christopher Ritter, who asserts his innocence but doesn’t regard his life as worth saving. Charlotte fights to save him in spite of himself as the clock ticks toward the execution date. In this gripping tale of deception and self-deception, betrayal and violence, lawyer and client find common ground in their quest for justice and human values.
Award-winning crime writer Ken Bruen (author of the Jack Taylor series) had this to say about THE DEVIL’S CHAPLAIN:
“Brilliant!… It is one of the finest depictions of evil I have ever read and is a superb depiction of manipulation…. It is also a highly entertaining mystery with a heroine as compelling as she is gutsy.”
Diane Donovan, writing for Midwest Book Review, wrote:
“Readers of legal thrillers who like cases that are not cut-and-dried but filled with satisfying twists and much food for thought will find The Devil’s Chaplain a powerfully-wrought inspection of not just legal processes, but social issues revolving around murder, redemption, punishment, and resolve. It’s a thoroughly engrossing inspection that’s hard to put down: a riveting story that hinges on clues so elusive that the tension is exquisitely drawn.”
You can read the full review here.
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Bruce Hartman has worked as a pianist, bookseller and attorney. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia. The Devil’s Chaplain is his eighth novel. His seventh novel was Potlatch, a satirical comedy set in Philadelphia, which is the second book in a projected “Philadelphia Trilogy” begun by A Butterfly in Philadelphia. Lisa McCombs, writing for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews said, “Get ready for a hilarious ride in Potlatch… One of the most amusing reads ever to be published.”
Bruce Hartman’s first novel, Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead, won the Salvo Press Mystery Novel Award and was published in 2008. His second book, The Rules of Dreaming, was published by Swallow Tail Press in May 2013 and was awarded the Kirkus Star for Books of Exceptional Merit. At the end of the year, Kirkus Reviews selected it as one of the “Top 100” Indie Books of 2013. Another new mystery, The Muse of Violence, inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little Indians) was published by Swallow Tail Press in October 2013.
A Butterfly in Philadelphia, published in paperback in April 2015, was described by Jack Magnus of Readers Favorite Book Reviews as “one of those strange comic masterpieces that you’re quite lucky to run across once in a very great while.”
Another new book was published in November 2015: A comic dystopia on internet privacy and freedom entitled, Big Data Is Watching You!