Whiskey Point

There’s a heat wave in Boston in the summer of ’66. The War in Vietnam is ramping up, racial tensions are high and the hippie counter-culture is causing trouble everywhere. Lieutenant Jody Brae may not like politics, but he knows what it’s like to be an outsider. He was raised in the Roxbury slums, he experienced combat in Korea and his partner Trevor Harrigan is the only black detective in the city.

With PTSD-related amnesia, Detective Brae has all but forgotten the War until he and Harrigan come upon a car wreck on a dark city street. The Fire Department rescues the driver before the vehicle bursts into flames but he is already dead from a gunshot wound. When a Captain hands Brae a small object that was found on the victim, Brae immediately recognizes it as a military pin from his Marines unit.

Only a day later, a body is found under a train bridge, then another in an alleyway. As the murders continue to mount, Brae is shocked to learn they are all men from his platoon in Korea. Then one night, while Brae is dining with his girlfriend Ruth, a Marine he thought had been killed in action walks up to the table. Sergeant Travis Kemp says he is in town for a veterans’ reunion at the Lenox Hotel but when Brae reluctantly goes, Kemp isn’t there.

After a body is found in a hotel room rented under Kemp’s name, he becomes the primary suspect. He is on the run for over a week before showing up at Brae’s doorstep with a bullet in his leg. That night Kemp recounts a horrific incident from the War that Brae has long suppressed. Brae’s amnesia is finally overcome and he realizes who is committing the murders and why. But it might be too late because the killer has just kidnapped Ruth.

The search leads the Detectives to Whiskey Point, a tree-covered cliff in the heart of the city where Brae first met the killer thirty years before. And there, in the howling darkness, the sins of a forgotten crime in a cold Korean valley are at last avenged.

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City Of Small Kingdoms

It’s the first Halloween since the end of the Second World War. While out trick-or-treating, young Jody Brae and two friends are chased by thugs into St. Kilda, an old monastery on the back streets of Boston. Separated in the darkness, Brae and Joseph Russo quickly find each other but Chester Sweeney is missing. When he finally appears in the moonlit haze of the courtyard, he is being dragged by a drunken priest who shrieks and rages. Fearing for the life of their friend, Brae and Russo attack the man, beat him to the ground, and the boys flee. They are ready to hop the Abbey wall to safety when Sweeney suddenly decides to go back and help the priest. It’s the last time Brae and Russo ever see him.

Flash forward to 1968 and Brae is a lieutenant for the Boston Police Department. One morning, while lost in a snowstorm, he stumbles upon the Abbey for the first time in years and sees a crowd gathered by the front gates. A miracle has occurred—the image of the Virgin Mary and Child has formed in the frost of the bell tower window. The event may have triggered memories from the past, but Brae is more concerned with the present because the body of a young woman was found in a dumpster the night before. The only witness is an old Korean man who can’t speak English and the only person to identify her is a shady developer named Sidney “Sid” Mardini who says the victim is his niece.

While the case of the murdered woman goes cold, things at St. Kilda heat up. Thousands of people have flocked to see the “miracle”, filling the Abbey grounds and creating an administrative nightmare for police. As a detective, Brae has no involvement with the incident until one of the monks is found dead in the bell tower. When he arrives with his partner Harrigan to interview the clergy, the Lieutenant comes face to face with the man he and his friends had pummeled years before. Abbot Reinhardt Vogt, a German ex-pat and head of St. Kilda, insists he saw the handyman exit the bell tower minutes before the monk was discovered. But considering his strange encounter with the priest years before, Brae doesn’t trust him.

Meanwhile, news spreads that the Abbey is going to be sold and that the image of Mary and Jesus will soon be expunged. At the request of the Archdiocese, the Police Chief begins planning the removal of the pilgrims from the property. The City braces for a riot.

As the date for the eviction fast approaches, Brae hurries to prove what he knows in his heart—that the sale of St. Kilda is a sham. The fact that his boss and mentor, Captain Ernest Jackson, is dying of cancer only adds to the urgency. But the evidence is scant until an elderly Holocaust survivor comes forward to say that Abbot Vogt is not who he claims to be. In an instant, the two homicides, the “miracle,” and Chester Sweeney’s disappearance years before take on a new coherence. And Brae uncovers a scandal that spans decades and continents and shatters the faith of a city.