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review Smaller and Smaller Circles Ð eBook or Kindle ePUB » This harrowing mystery winner of the Philippine National Book Award follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killerPayatas a 50 acre dump northeast of Manila’s uezon City is home to thousands of people who live off of what they This harrowing mystery winner of the Philippine National Book Award follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killerPayatas a 50 acre dump northeast of Manila’s uezon City is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin devoid of forensic resources and rife with. The thing about voraciously reading mysterycrimesuspense is that while you still enjoy the books you inevitably hit a wall where you’re rarely surprised and you can easily guess all the tropes to come So color me happily surprised to start reading Smaller and Smaller Circles to discover two Jesuit priests a forensic anthropologist and psychologist are asked to consult in order to help identify and stop a serial killer—definitely one I’ve never read before This book was dark smart took me to the Philippines had a fantastic relationship between two priests AND being set in an impoverished community not only are the priests dealing with corruption but there aren’t labs and machines and technologies that uickly take the evidence and point to a suspect If you’re a fan of mysterycrimesuspense and regularly find yourself watching true crimeDateline you won’t want to miss this book — Jamie Canavesfrom The Best Books We Read In December

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Kup for police efforts Together with his protégé Father Jerome Lucero a psychologist Saenz dedicates himself to tracking down the monster preying on these impoverished boys Smaller and Smaller Circles widely regarded as the first Filipino crime novel is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir a sensitive depiction of a time and place and a fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees’ lives. Maybe it is because I really was in the mood for a mysterythriller or maybe it is because I reached the epic ending of the book the night of a thunderstorm but man that was a good book Definitely some unevenness and shows the signs of being a debut novel but still really good Watch my full review

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Smaller and Smaller CirclesCorruption So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps there is no one to seek justice on their behalfIn the rainy summer of 1997 two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands Father Gus Saenz is a respected forensic anthropologist one of the few in the Philippines and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a bac. First Sentence Some days I just can’t seem to focus The body of a young boy is found in Payatas a massive dump where people especially young boys scavenge for their existence The severely mutilated body has been brought to Father Gus Saenz a Jesuit priest and respected forensic anthropologist However this isn’t a singular case and Father Gus along with his friend psychologist Father Jerome Lucero is asked by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation to help find the killer One should not bypass the initial page or the subseuent transition pages as these provide insight and a bit of humanity to the killer and in fact add to the story’s suspense However this is also one of those times when the prologue really works In the midst of horror there is note of tenderness and caring which establishes the tone of the story Batacan has created a strong cast of characters Father Gus is frustrated by the Church turning a blind eye to a pedophile priest Father Jerome who started as Saenz’ student and is now his friend; Director Lastimosa the elderly head of the NBI the very egotistic and ambitious Attorney Ben Arcinas and reporter Joanna Bonifacio who was also a former student of Saenz The combination works to bring the story truly to life and the animosity between some of the characters is palpable; a sign of excellent writing It is interesting to learn about the culture and policing in the Philippines One can’t help but notice the focus on bathing and snacks but we also learn of the complete inadeuacy of their record keeping technology and inability to deal with missing persons Much of that goes to explaining why the Director of the NBI would turn to the Father Saenz for help The author’s descriptions are so well done yet often difficult to read”the man’s left shoulder touches the woman’s right one but the corresponding hops don’t touch as though they’re used to leaving room there for a child” particularly when dealing the sights and smells of the dump as contrasted by the evening at the opera with the elite The contrast is very well done Batacan’s inclusion of the meeting with the mothers and families of the child victims lends a poignancy and humanity to the story There are three eually important threads to the story; the murders political power mongering and the irresponsibility of the Church’s insufficient handling of internal corruption and criminality; particularly pedophilia The forensic information is fascinating It also provides a very small look into the dictatorship under which the Philippines had previously lived Batacan’s dialogue is so well done The very natural”You have to wonder what ones on in people’s heads” “No I don’t” Saenz says pouring Jerome a cup of coffee “And I’m a much happier man for it Come sit sit No use complaining about the world’s free press we fought for it we got it now we have to live with the nonsense that it spews out” and often humorous exchanges between the two priests provides much needed lightness to a very dark story and solidifies the close friendship between the two men While many may guess the identity of the killer and the events of the climax are rather unsurprising it is very powerful effective moving and not without a good degree of suspense The offshoot is sadly common everywhere yet confirms that we must hope always hope for change “Smaller and Smaller Circles” is a very good well written book and one which is a very affecting read SMALLER AND SMALLER CIRCLES Myst FF Saenz and Lucero Manila Contemp VGBatacan FH – 1st bookSoho Crime – Aug 2015