Multi-Award winning fiction author and graduate of Fordham University, Dale has held several senior positions in Fortune 250 companies and has traveled the world. A black belt in martial arts, avid fly-fisherman, and political junkie, the creative storylines of his novels reflect the many aspects of his diversified life.
When Dale Allan was just twelve years old, his father was murdered while away on an extended business trip. A week before his death, Dale had struggled to write a letter updating him on the family’s activities. When his father was buried with the handwritten note in his pocket, Dale fully understood the power of writing.
“An engaging mystery, and a sizzling debut.”
– Kirkus Reviews
In Allan’s debut thriller, a priest aims to find the people responsible for his brother’s murder, whatever the cost.
An explosion at a political rally kills a popular presidential candidate, a Muslim reformist and a lawyer who had Senate aspirations. However, authorities are baffled as to which person was the intended target of the terror attack. The lawyer’s twin brother, Luke Miller, a Catholic priest raised in a Jewish household, becomes a media celebrity in the aftermath of the tragedy, and he spends much of his day dodging paparazzi. The press’s fascination is understandable; after all, Luke wears his brother’s clothes, drives his brother’s car and goes out in public with his brother’s widow. He decides to look into the bombing on his own, even though his investigation may ultimately put other people’s lives in jeopardy. Allan’s novel is a blistering tale with all the right ingredients for a mystery—for example, Luke’s prodding reveals more questions, such as why Luke’s brother had been carrying a gun. But the author’s multifaceted characters are what give the book distinction. Luke is a bracingly ambiguous character, prone to violent retorts and wracked with guilt over the fact that he and his brother had not been on the best of terms. The novel also addresses Luke’s ties to the cloth, as his need for retribution makes him question his faith. The story is full of complex relationships; for example, Luke is indisputably attracted to both his sister-in-law Deborah, and the Muslim reformist’s sister Jami. Luke encounters many dead ends and red herrings, but they always feel like steps closer to a solution rather than throwaway pieces of a puzzle. The book’s stellar ending addresses a lingering uncertainty and leaves much for readers to ponder.
An engaging mystery, and a sizzling debut.
Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2012
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Emerald Book Company
Review Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2012
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2013
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A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: Kirkus Star
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: Named to <i>Kirkus Reviews'</i> Best Books, 2013
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: Foreword Reviews - BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER, 2013
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: National Indie Excellence Award Winner -THREE CATEGORIES - BEST NEW FICTION - BEST THRILLER - BEST RELIGIOUS FICTION, 2013
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: International Book Award Finalist - TOP 4 - TWO CATEGORIES - BEST NEW FICTION - BEST MYSTERY/SUSPENSE, 2013
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: Paris Book Festival - TOP 10 - GENERAL FICTION, 2013
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: San Francisco Book Festival - HONORABLE MENTION , 2013
A PRAYER FOR THE DEVIL: Kirkus - Selected as one of the Best Books of 2013, 2013
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