All you have to do is find out why Harry is prepared to blame an innocent man. That's the thread. Follow it. You'll reach the Silent Ones. This is your way - our way - of making a difference.
With this challenge from Father Edmund Littlemore, Anselm returns to the Old Bailey to fight the most difficult and troubling case of his life. The man in the dock is Littlemore himself. He is charged with grave offences against Harry Brandwell, who, it seems, is both a victim and a liar. But he's the only link to these others who've chosen silence over their right to justice. Unknown to Anselm, Robert Saunders, a journalist, has been investigating Littlemore's background. And he's a man with a troubled past, always on the move, from Boston in the USA to Freetown in Sierra Leone, finally running from a London police station rather than explain himself. More disturbingly, Robert uncovers details of a carefully planned scheme to entice Anselm back into court, exploiting his reputation for honesty to secure a shock acquittal. Meanwhile Harry Brandwell - abused, abandoned and betrayed - has decided to take matters into his own hands.
The Silent Ones examines the one crime that Church, state, and family thought they could hide in their own best interests; Anselm's return is a compelling novel about the anatomy of silence, the courage of victims and the redemptive power of public justice.
This is a very clever plot with fascinating characters. Just when you think you have it worked out it takes a right angle bend and you realise you haven't. I recommend it it's a great listen.
New narrator makes it more engaging, though I can't quite grasp how the Prior has ceased to be Glaswegian - stroke perhaps, that left him with a "foreign" accent? - that can happen, a reverse miracle if you like.
The story has obvious "hooks" to grab those even slightly aware of the recent history of the Catholic Church; the diocese of Boston, the handyman with a false identity/past (cf Peter Tobin), and monks in Ealing....There are some twists though, and it's not all gloom like his last book. Just have to pray enough change has been made that stories like this will be historical, not topical. Miserere nobis.