A Jesuit priest stumbles upon a secret society determined to remain secret, and members will kill, if necessary, to maintain secrets that are centuries old.
Father Santiago Torres, headmaster at Washington, D.C.’s Gonzaga High School, is pulled into a web of mystery and murder after the death of his fellow priest and Georgetown alum, Father Jasper Willoughs. With assistance from his foreign language chairman, Abigail Byrne, and his brother and FBI agent, Nicolas Torres, Father Santi follows a scavenger hunt trail to the secret Jasper uncovered while researching his doctoral dissertation, a secret that precipitated the death of a man years earlier. As the pieces of this hunt fall into place, Father Santi begins to grasp the importance of his friend’s discovery and the amount of danger he now finds himself in.
THE ODD FELLOWS SOCIETY is ripe with mystery, murder and a constant question of “whodunit”, all during a tour of the capital city’s more famous landmarks. The pace is quick, the situations are believable and the plot twists are plentiful. Barrett keeps the tension high throughout the story with cliffhangers that pull readers in. He has done his research into both the history of Georgetown University and Gonzaga College High School, and has a working knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area, making this whodunit believable. His character development leaves readers with no doubt of characters’ motivations with what they do. There are several sub-plots that keep the reader engaged, and none of them detract from the primary mystery. This page-turner grasps the reader by the shirt front, pulls them in and doesn’t let go until the final resolution when all questions are answered.
THE ODD FELLOWS SOCIETY takes readers into the worlds of private schools and the priesthood, with a result that is difficult, if not impossible, to put down.