Confess!!

I am not sure what the title of this novel is. It might be Roman Collar Crime: Violated by Charles Utter. The subtitle explains the title, “the transgressions of a small-town priest.” The most accurate genre classification I found is historical fiction. Although based on a true story, readers will note that Utter goes inside the mind of Joe Brennan and details how an imagined satanic being groomed Brennan to advance the causes of evil under the disguise of religious instruction and behavior. There are factual statements in this absorbing account of the near dissolution and ruin of a small town but statements such as the following earn the fiction label. “He (Joe Brennan) had made a deal with the devil and had chosen wealth and power over God.” (p. 72).