On its surface Skellig Michael reads like a fast-paced international thriller involving crimes in high office, terrorism threats, espionage, corporate takeover battles, sex, lust, poignant romance, chase scenes, and shootouts. But readers who probe deeper may find the novel more provocative and complex than they initially thought. And in the end they may decide—as the protagonists themselves do—that the rocky landscape of the novel is a metaphor for life.
This short novel, narrated by a Solicitor General of the United States and other senior government officials, spins a tale about the interaction of law, politics, and terrorism in Washington, DC during the period from 1944 to 2044—a century encompassing the end of World War II, the financial meltdown in 2008, repeated later attacks on the Supreme Court, and dramatic changes in the political landscape. Designed to be a fast read, the novella challenges the reader to solve a murder mystery before the text does, making it a good choice for a short plane or train trip. The photo on the front cover predates the crime, but shows the aftermath.