EN­TER BY THE NAR­ROW GATE

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight Mystery -

David Carl­son, Cof­fee­town Press Soft­cover $14.95 (244pp), 978-1-60381-391-4

The first of a new se­ries, En­ter by the Nar­row Gate fol­lows a Detroit po­lice de­tec­tive and an Ortho­dox monk as they strive to solve two har­row­ing new mys­ter­ies in Santa Fe. Mea­sured and re­strained, the novel’s prose is rich with re­li­gious ref­er­ences and im­agery, which add to the unique depth of the novel.

Father For­tis is an in­tel­li­gent, warm­hearted Ortho­dox monk who is trou­bled to one day hear the news of Sis­ter Anna’s death. The young nun had been mur­dered at St. Mary’s, a com­mu­nity of monks, in a rit­u­al­is­tic man­ner, and Father For­tis knows as well as any­one that the nun’s death could de­stroy St. Mary’s. Mean­while, his old friend De­tec­tive Christo­pher Wor­thy, re­turns to Santa Fe in or­der to work on a miss­ing-per­sons case in­volv­ing a young col­lege stu­dent. The two team up in or­der to work on their re­spec­tive cases, each draw­ing from his own strengths in or­der to ad­vance the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The rap­port be­tween Wor­thy and For­tis is easy and en­joy­able, and the dou­ble case en­sures that En­ter by the Nar­row Gate never slows in ac­tion. Each man is an out­sider to the com­mu­nity—for­tis is only on sab­bat­i­cal, while Wor­thy is a Mid­west­erner who is in Santa Fe only to solve a case. This fact, along with the two men’s his­to­ries, pro­vides an ad­di­tional bond be­tween the un­likely friends as they race to solve each crime be­fore any ad­di­tional vic­tims are claimed. En­ter by the Nar­row Gate is ideal for those who value quirky char­ac­ters and un­usual pair­ings in their de­tec­tive fic­tion.

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