Israel Madigan - printed version
This is Robert Eady's second novel. 336 pages, paperback, printed and bound in Canada on paper containing 50% post-consumer fibre. Also available as an ebook on this web site and as a kindle version on Amazon.
It plays in a fictitious small town, Glendevon, situated north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The narrator, Sean, suffers from psychological problems due to a traumatic experience in his younger years. He relates the story of the last years of Fr. Collins to the Father's sister. It involves the relationship between the three main persons, namely Fr. Collins, Caitlan Madigan, and Eddie Jacks, former mayor of Glendevon and involved in shady businesses. Caitlan comes from a broken home and gets involved with Eddie Jacks and serves as a prostitute for Eddie and others. When Caitlan falls pregnant and refuses an abortion she is violently kicked out of Eddie's pick-up truck in front of St. Michael's Church where Fr. Collins is pastor. When the child, Jacob Madigan, is born he is adopted by Caitlan's half-sister, Shauna. Fr. Collins grants Caitlan to room and board in the basement of the church and otherwise looks after her. When Eddie shows a renewed interest in Caitlan and her son, pretending that Jacob is his, the plot thickens and leads to a surprising result...
Barbara Kay, novelist and well known National Post columnist, has said the following about Israel Madigan: “It made me think about the intractably insoluble mystery of good vs evil” and “the explosive ending was an imaginative triumph.”
After reading the book, David Warren, former editor of The Idler, said that “Caitlan and all the other characters keep rising, to Dostoyevskian heights, and are enthralling in and of themselves." He also said that "The plot is gripping as a murder mystery...with all the dropped clues to what is developing, just as in Fyodor.”