Thomas Zigal

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Author Thomas Zigall is our guest this week. We’ll be discussing his latest novel, OUTCRY WITNESS  (TCU Press, February 22, 2019).

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Thomas Zigal

THOMAS ZIGAL is the author of seven novels and numerous short stories and essays.

His latest book, Outcry Witness (Texas Christian University Press, February 22, 2019) is the final novel in his New Orleans trilogy, which includes the award-winning Many Rivers to Cross (TCU Press, 2013).  

Thomas Zigal’s novels have won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the fiction award from the Philosophical Society of Texas, and the Violet Crown Award from the Writers’ League of Texas.  He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and family.

REVIEWS  Outcry Witness by Thomas Zigal (TCU Press, February 22, 2019)

“As much as we think we all know about the clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Thomas Zigal gives us something new — an insider’s perspective, combined with psychological depth, that provide an eye-opening view into the true horror of how it all happened. Outcry Witness is at once a riveting page turner and a deadly serious meditation on the confusion and hypocrisy made possible by what this superb novel’s narrator ruefully but accurately calls ‘Catholic allegiance’.” — Anthony Giardina, author of The Country of Marriage and Norumbega Park

Outcry Witness is the gripping story of a clergy abuse cover-up told from the inside. With his knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church, Thomas Zigal has also delivered a spiritual thriller, a novel that pulls the reader in a powerful narrative tide swirling with mysteries of guilt and doubt, faith and betrayal, that carries the reader toward the startling conclusion.” — Jason Berry, author of Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children

ABOUT Outcry Witness

It’s the 1980s. A priest is found murdered in his New Orleans rectory. When compromising videotapes are discovered in his bedroom, the Bishop and his staff withhold this damaging evidence from the police. The district attorney, a faithful Catholic and good friend of the Bishop, helps bury the truth. It’s an all-too-familiar story by now. But this is one of the first cases, long before the floodgates are opened two decades later.

When Father Edward McMurray discovers the body and calls on his loyal nephew, Peter Moore to remove the videotapes and examine them in private elsewhere, the two men must face the moral consequences of their participation in a cover-up that compromises their integrity and threatens to shatter their faith in the institution of the Catholic Church.

Even as they uncover the dead priest’s most sordid secrets, the answer to the central question remains hidden: Who killed him and why? Thomas Zigal leads the reader through the darkest alleys of New Orleans as Father McMurray and Peter Moore conduct their own harrowing investigations before they finally confront the murderer in an explosive finale. –Texas Christian University Press                                                                                                                   

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