Vermin. Vandalism. Violence. A foul stench pollutes the atmosphere within St. Aloysius Episcopal Church. Reverend Silas DeBassompierre is a young clergyman with a lot of enemies within his congregation; and he trusts no one, not even his capable and devoted administrative assistant, Grace. Is Satan responsible for the strange phenomena at St. Aloysius, or is a force far more subtle and sinister at work to sabotage the reverend's ministry? More than what meets the eye will inevitably be revealed when a tormented priest on the edge of the abyss performs . . . Lustration Rites ""David Carter does it again in Lustration Rites. Like his previous debut novel Familiar, the bizarre plot is nightmarish and Kafkaesque, but underneath is a simple allegory of corruption and crisis. Carter delivers a literary novel that digs deep into the world of theology and philosophy."" --William K. Lawrence, Author of The Punk and the Professor David L. Carter holds degrees in theology, English literature, and library science, and is the author of the novel Familiar. He lives in North Carolina.