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Publisher's Summary

Dave, a serial killer, is tortured by memories of his lost love, Mya and by his obsession for the beauties of life. In 1997, he travels to East Texas with ill intentions for a priest responsible for the relocation of clergy guilty of child molestation. Kidnapping the guilty priest he nicknames "Judas," he persuades him through threats and a hollow promise to help him locate and punish the deviant priests, thus avenging the innocents who could not defend themselves.
Dave's recklessness leads them on a convoluted journey across the country. As Dave drags Judas to what he feels is their final destiny, these two drastically different individuals begin to see they are more alike than not. Dave appears to be imprisoned in his past, as he claws away at his present. Judas thought he was at peace with his past actions, only to discover through his conversations with Dave that he is just as tortured.
An unlikely pact develops between the serial killer and the priest. Haunted by the loves and sins of one another's pasts, the two form a strange bond as their personalities dangerously influence one another.
©2016 J. Costa (P)2016 R. McCarthy
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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 03-05-17

Purgatory is a fresh take on a murder mystery

I really enjoyed all aspects of this story from the well written story itself with fresh curves and surprises where one might predict the typical.
I found myself visualizing the story as I would watch a film.
Purgatory maintained my attention and focus throughout leaving me wanting more. This trilogy definitely has the makings of a best seller!

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5 out of 5 stars
By JS on 01-21-17

Escape reality into a greater reality!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. It is a wonderful literary and auditory experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Dave. Even though he is a serial killer he still has so much humanity. It forced me to think of other people and society being fragmented in the same way.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes were the Dave and Father Abramo segments. They were both disturbing and heartbreaking. And, ultimately, extremely illuminating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wasn’t expecting to. However, after I began listening I couldn’t pull myself away until it was finished.

Any additional comments?

As someone with a background in religion and who has followed church corruption for many years, I was very curious and partially skeptical before I listened to this book. To say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. What J. Costa has created with this book is nothing short of monumental. As the listener I felt that I was living a segment of Dave, and Juda’s violent and darkly humorous life in the present, while simultaneously reliving Dave’s lovely AND dark past with Mya and Abramo. Costa has been incredibly artful with his writing, narration and acting abilities bringing to life a cast of characters experiencing their world with realism that I have yet to see and/or hear elsewhere.

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