“Detective”/Arthur Hailey

Okay… I read Arthur Hailey’s “Detective” this wknd… his protagonist is a detective who had lost his faith as a Catholic priest. An interesting read, but I felt somewhat sorry for Mr Hailey, as he used his detective to rail against the church and faith. Mr Hailey had lost his faith in WWII while serving in Cyprus. This was the author’s last novel before he passed away… 

The book left me wishing I could have met Mr Hailey before he passed… to chat about the difference between church and faith and spirituality… the book reminded me of some of the intellectual challenges to our faith (note- I am a protestant with obvious anti-authority issues, so I use that term, faith, very loosely)…

A well researched book, as was Mr Hailey’s MO… with a dedication to a detective, who may have helped with the research. A reader cannot help but appreciate our law officers who have some of the hardest work on the planet.


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