Although this is the 3rd of the Joe Gale series, it does well as a stand-alone. There is no need to read them on order, although I always prefer to do so when I can. Joe Gale is an investigative reporter who always seems to land in hot water following a story. He's an old-fashioned reporter ... honest, relentless to get to the truth. Joe's friend, Father Patrick Doherty, was found dead with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in his hands. No one who knew him can believe that Father Patrick would take his own life ..and yet, to the naked eye, there's nothing to indicate it was a homicide. Father Patrick had a history of defending victims that were involved in the Catholic Church's sex scandals, much to the Church's dismay. At the same time, Joe is investigating a series of bombs that have been set off in or around the local schools. As Joe starts looking for the truth, he finds that Father Patrick may have had some deep, dark secrets and his death may have been tied to the bombings. The suspects are many. Motives are buried, waiting for someone to dig really deep to get at them. The book is very well-written. My favorite character is Stella Rinaldi, an 88-year-old lady who is a natural born snoop ... and has a thing for young Joe. She's a hoot! Joe's girlfriend, Christie and her son, play a small part. I hope in future books, she's given a more important part and I would love her backstory. Many thanks to the author / Carina Press / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.