BLESS ME FATHER

A man of God debates his next course of action when a penitent’s confession reveals startling information regarding a woman’s unsolved murder in this quiet mystery. A solid crime story sharing the spotlight with a priest’s family and nagging doubts.

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What they're saying

"Bless Me Father is a departure from Lou Saulino's previous books about growing up with the love of sports. His first crime story hits it out of the ballpark.... a great read and definitely a page turner."

John E. Sullivan Det. NYPD Ret.

"I liked this book. It is a tough, smart and compassionate story. There are memorable characters. I know of no one who could have written a book like this. Lou has the real-life experience and the heart to give all of us the life changing thoughts."

P. Olsinski, Teacher, Counselor, Student of People

"Family, families---intertwined by: love and protection of each other, right or wrong; sports, sorrow and guilt, Bless Me Father entertains with a little sports history; but also is thought provoking---what, how do you honor faith, a memory and vows to 'family'. A enjoyable weekend read."

Cecile T. Woodward, Assistant Police Chief, Phoenix PD Ret.

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INTRODUCTION

Sports historical fiction is a unique Brand. The integration of family, friendship, and my life experiences was envisioned as a style which would identify me as a writer. Three of four Published works, a trilogy of the continuing saga of three best friends since childhood, with settings commencing in the late nineteen fifties and progressing into the ninth decade of the twentieth century, followed this technique. 

“8” Centerfield in New York, 1951-1957 was the inauguration of the concept, the account of the baseball exploits of Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider told through the eyes of three thirteen year old best friends in 1957. Dopey Bastid followed and depicted the progression of the three comrades into adulthood, and coupled the review of dumb decisions in the sports world through the accounts of one of the three friends, now a sportswriter for the New York Daily News. The chronicle of sports and friendship concluded with FRAMILY (friends considered family), as the three good buddies have now all reconnected with their childhood mates and started families.

Kirkus Reviews has been impressed.

“Saulino is a talented story teller. And the way he mixes nostalgic sports stories with those of the group of friends is smart and inventive (Dopey Bastid).”

“Readers needn’t be sports fans to enjoy the work (FRAMILY); even those who are athletically challenged will be gripped by what is, at its heart, a tale of love.”

“the book (FRAMILY) is also immaculately researched , vividly recalling each play of each game like a great sports announcer.”

A fourth book, Athlete For Hire, explored the fictional travails of a creative sports team owner to sign a college phenom, proficient in baseball, football and basketball, to play for all three of his professional sports franchises. This novel was originally written as a TV Pilot and is also being promoted for the big screen. 

So now we come to Bless Me Father. Why the Brand modification? Hey, what the hell do I know? My professional background is civil engineering and I continue to practice on a part-time basis after 40 years spent between the public and private sectors, almost predominantly on an executive level. A mystery, with just a minor backdrop into sports, just seemed the way to expand my reading audience. 

I realized that it would be helpful to seek advice and a review by those outside of my inner circle of family and friends; and was quite fortunate to have intuitive input from a former Roman Catholic priest and two law enforcement professionals. A special thank you to Peter Olsinski , John Sullivan, an old friend and retired New York City Police Department Detective, and Cecile Woodward, the former Assistant Police Chief of the Phoenix Police Department. Thank you guys for the astute comments and suggestions from your personal life experiences.

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