The Wrath of the North Star
This novel deals with several story lines. One of them is the sexual abuse of a young boy by Mark Shelby, a pedophile candidate for the priesthood, and how the boy’s family copes with this tragedy. Another is the storyline of the seminarian Sean O’Leary, an unsuspecting friend and class mate of Mark’s who has befriended the family of the young boy. Sean is unaware of Mark’s problem and brings Mark him into their home. The consequent series of events have a profound effect on Sean and he questions his ministry. The third story line delves into the past of the pedophile and the history of his mother, Sarah Shelby, a wealthy widow. When Sarah is confronted with her son’s disease, she must isolate him. She takes him to a monastery on a deserted island in the Aegean Sea.
Karin Harrison was born in Germany but has lived in the United States for over fifty years. Leaving her successful career in the optical field to go back to college, she focused on becoming a writer, and her short stories have since been published in books of anthology, literary journals, and on line. She has authored five novels, Hermann’s Ruhe, The Wrath of the North Star, The Tainted lens, Coffee and Peach Cake – A collection of short stories, and, The Secret Picture.
Harrison lives in Bel Air, Maryland with her husband.