The Search for Saint Valeria
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback (Autographed)
The third book in the Father Baptist series
Life is never dull in William Biersach's mythical city of Los Angeles. In The Search for Saint Valeria, the third entry in the series, cop-turned-priest Fr. John Baptist and his faithful sidekick, gardener and chronicler, Martin Feeney, are once again on the trail of the unusual and strange. Why is someone stealing discarded religious objects - relics, altars, chalices - from the city's antique shops? And why on earth would modern-day grave robbers want to steal the remains of a 4th century Saint from New Golgotha Cemetery?
William L. Biersach was born in Pasadena, California, on the Feast Day of St. Philip Neri, the "Laughing Saint", in 1953. A product of Catholic grammar and high school, he naturally lost his Faith when the effects of Vatican II came rattling through the world like a maniacal jalopy in the 1960's and 70's. He found his way back to Traditional Rome in 1993 and has been active in trying to reacquaint Catholics with their own religion ever since. The Endless Knot is the first of his Father Baptist novels. He is currently working on the rough draft for the sixth book in the series. He resides in a stone house somewhere in Southern California, likes spicy food, and hopes to retire in Heaven some day.
With its length standing at a modest 212 pages, the best word to describe the style for The Search for Saint Valeria would be "expeditious." When embarking on Biersach's other novels, you had to strap in, realizing that all non-essential life duties would be put on hold until the book was finished. While that's also the case with The Search for Saint Valeria, it's for a much smaller time span, so you don't feel the same amount of pressure. So sit back, relax, and enjoy yet another outstanding monument erected by Biersach in defense of Catholic tradition.