FOREWORD’S LIT HIT—INDIE BOOKS THAT’LL BLOW YOU AWAY
Let’s hear it for The Sect of Angels, the scandalous story of how a cult of Sicilian priests lured underage girls and virtuous young women into a sex ring under the pretenses of offering them divine protection from the temptations of the flesh. The scheme was exposed by a local attorney named Matteo Teresi, but instead of being celebrated, he was blackballed for disrupting the precious status quo and run out of town. Based on a true story from the early 1900s, this sordid episode offers a devastating portrait of how political power, the mafia, Catholic cover-ups, and family shame kept rural Sicily in a medieval time warp long into the twentieth century. Andrea Camilleri is the author of the Montalbano crime novels and is considered one of Italy’s best living writers.
The Sect of Angels
Stephen Sartarelli, translator
Softcover $16 (208pp)