As in the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” Ted Dunphy’s newest book portrays the havoc caused by abuse hidden for decades. Then The Devil to Pay (Canaan-Star Publishing) goes further, exploring the question of how a community of good people, attempting to do the right thing, fail to see the evil growing among them, while some of them deliberately cover it up.
In Waterford, Ireland, in the 1930s, civil authority is bolstered by the moral authority and dominance of the Catholic Church. Dunphy presents six Irish boys growing up, each struggling in his own way to break free. With a strong sense of fun and friendship shielding them, their penchant for pranks exposes the hypocrisy and evil they meet. Their innocence leaks away as they learn to deal with brutal teachers, greedy priests and rapacious adults determined to bring them to heel.
When one of the boys is cruelly murdered, it takes nearly fifty years for his friends to bring someone to answer for the crimes in their childhood. They have the evidence to prove the wrongdoings of the past, but reprisals are threatened. Will they have the courage to do what’s right, no matter what the cost? Will they survive long enough to tell the truth?
If you’ve ever wondered about your own moral strength in the face of evil, The Devil to Pay will give you pause for thought. The story will make you laugh out loud, cry and clench your fists in frustration. As the narrator Tomas says, “God had nothing to do with abuse. People did it. People we knew. Which is why we realized only later the seriousness of what had snaked into our lives.” Dunphy’s talent for portraying human foibles, motivations and denial ultimately reveals that love, hope and humor are our best hope for the future.
After a lifetime involved in teaching, training and consulting, Ted Dunphy now turns those wickedly sharp observational skills to work explaining human behavior in his fiction. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Warwick University. An experienced life and business coach, he is co-creator of the unique Coaching Plus program and an accredited trainer in Emotional Intelligence (EI). He is also an NLP Master Practitioner, a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and a psychometrics and leadership profiler
A popular leader at educational conferences, after-dinner speaker and presenter at awards evenings and other events, Dunphy has contributed to an anthology of short stories and published two other novels, Rowing Down the World to Auckland (Canaan-Star Publishing) and Don’t Poke the Fire (Canaan-Star Publishing).
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The Devil to Pay