At nightfall on June 22, 1965, a soldier walked in from the
outskirts of a small town in the Dominican Republic and reported
that he had just shot and killed two policemen and an outspoken
Canadian Catholic priest. It was the opening scene in a mystery
that, forty years later, compels J.B. MacKinnon, a
nephew of the murdered missionary, to investigate what many believe
was a carefully plotted assassination.
MacKinnon''s search takes him to corners of the
country that are far from the paradise seen by millions of tourist
visitors. He meets with former revolutionaries, shadowy generals
who live in hiding and the struggling Dominicans for whom the dead
priest is a martyr, perhaps even a saint.
Dead Man in Paradise is a true story
with the suspense of a classic mystery novel, the immediacy of
reportage and the insight of a travelogue. More than any of these,
it is a personal examination of one of the gravest challenges of
our times: finding a balance between our longing to hold the guilty
to account for their crimes and the deep human need to forgive.