Absolution, by John A. Vanek

Absolution, John A. Vanek, Father Jake Austin, Mystery
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Absolution, by John A. Vanek

Father Jack Austin’s alcoholic father suddenly returns to town, decades after deserting him as a young boy. His dad is fleeing a vindictive drug lord and begs him for help. Although Jake detests his old man for abandoning him, he can’t allow him to be murdered, so he enlists the help of his friend, Sheriff Tremont Macon. Because of his dad’s deteriorating health, he is admitted to the hospital and placed in a room adjacent to an injured drug mule, allowing Macon to station an armed guard outside their rooms for protection.

Despite police security, the gang murders the drug mule and Sheriff Macon decides to place Jake’s father into protective custody in jail/ There, he learns that Jake’s dad has not only stolen uncut cocaine from the drug dealers but has also witnessed the kingpin order a murder. The mob wants the coke back and Austin Sr. dead.

Because the mob cannot get to Jake’s father, they unleash their wrath on the people closest to Jake and the violence escalates. Will the sins of the father be visited on his son, as prophesied in the Bible? In a desperate attempt to shut the drug ring down, the FBI asks Jake to be the bait in a sting operation. Will Jake turn his back on the father who deserted him as a child, or will he turn the other cheek and save him from a vengeful drug lord, risking his own life and the lives of those he loves.

Absolution is the third book in the Father Jake Austin Mystery series.

John Vanek graduated from Case Western Reserve University, where his passion for creative writing took root. He received his M.D. from the University of Rochester and practiced medicine in Ohio for a quarter century, but his interest in writing never waned. Medicine was his life, but mysteries and poetry became his drugs of choice.

He began honing his craft in creative writing workshops and college courses and was gratified when his early work won contests and was published widely. He now lives happily as an ink-stained-wretch in Florida with Geni, his wife, fellow writer, and best friend. He teaches a poetry workshop for seniors at a local college, and enjoys swimming, hiking, sunshine, good friends, and red wine.


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