August 8, 2014
Retired Priest William Messenger releases first novel, “Shattered Triangle: A Consequential Murder”, after serving as a priest for over 30 years in the Los Angeles community.
Messenger resigned from active parish ministry in 2010 and retired in Whittier, California to write the book. Shattered Triangle explores the choices people make in life and how it shapes their relationships, something that Messenger says he came to understand very well during his time as a priest in the greater Los Angeles area.
“Interpersonal relations help define who we are,” says Messenger. “The relationships in Shattered Triangle are complex and raise questions about modern society and its values.”
“As a priest, I helped people to work through all the difficulties of life. Invariably, I observed the complexities in each individual specifically their struggles of good and evil,” commented Messenger.
Set in Los Angeles in the last half of the 20th century, the novel follows three friends, inseparable in childhood, as they take very different paths toward adulthood. In spite of the distances that emerge among them, they are thrust together by the tragedy of death. The unlikely trio, now made up of a grizzled L.A.P.D. detective, a politician, and a priest, each must find a way to deal with tragedy in their own way after the politician's wife and children become the victims of cold-blooded murder.
“In my experience, few people are truly evil, and yet there is within each of us both light and darkness. Throughout our lives we move between these two realities, hopefully moving ever more into the light. When we encounter various tragedies or atrocities, we employ different methods of coping. Religion is not the only way to resolve difficulties. It is not even necessarily the best way, since religion does not always provide the answers. But for many people, it helps.”
Shattered Triangle is described as a captivating novel that weaves religious and philosophical undertones into a dramatic storyline, challenging the characters and the readers' values and principles from beginning to end.
This is William Messenger's first novel. William P. Messenger was born in Los Angeles, CA. As a child, he grew up in a poor household, but filled with music and books. William spent more than 30 years as a priest in the greater Los Angeles area. He has authored articles for national publications and lectured on subjects ranging from justice and peace, to politics and international affairs. In 2010, he resigned from active parish ministry and retired to Whittier, California.
For more information on William Messenger, visit www.billmessenger.com. Copies of Shattered Triangle are available at all major booksellers and online at BlackRoseWriting.com.
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