Breath of Night, The
Julian Tremayne is a missionary priest in the Philippines during the Marcos era. After championing the Communist rebels, he finds himself imprisoned for the murder of a local military commander. Three decades later, following his own mysterious death, a cult develops around Julian and there are calls for him to be made a saint. When Philip Seward is sent out from England to investigate, he is drawn into a labyrinth of vice, violence and corruption where nothing and nobody are what they seem.
Eriched by a gallery of fascinating characters ranging from priests to prostitutes, Gis to gangsters, tribesmen to terrorists and street children to Imelda Marcos, Michael Arditti’s acclaimed new novel is at once a gripping psychological thriller, a challenging moral mystery and an unforgettable voyage into a dark and exotic landscape.
‘This is Arditti’s most dazzling novel to date because of the scale of his ambition and his triumph in pulling it off’ Peter Stanford, Daily Telegraph
‘Satisfying and teeming with life, a novel unafraid to explore big political and religious issues with relish and insight’ Amber Pearson, Daily Mail
‘A thought-provoking interrogation of the uneasy often contradictory relationships between the Church, God, poverty and extremism’ Francesca Angelini, Sunday Times
‘Food for thought, as well as an excellent read’ Clare Colvin, Sunday Express
‘That English rarity: an intelligent and engaging novel of faith’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent Books of the Year