TOM ZIGAL-Outcry Witness

Tuesday, March 5 at 7 pm

speaking & signing
Outcry Witness

In conversation with James Kunetka


It’s the 1980s. A priest is found murdered in his New Orleans rectory. When compromising videotapes are discovered in his bedroom, the Bishop and his staff withhold this damaging evidence from the police. The district attorney, a faithful Catholic and good friend of the Bishop, helps bury the truth. It’s an all-too-familiar story by now. But this is one of the first cases, long before the floodgates are opened two decades later.

When Father Edward McMurray discovers the body and calls on his loyal nephew, Peter Moore, to remove the videotapes and examine them in private elsewhere, the two men must face the moral consequences of their participation in a cover-up that compromises their integrity and threatens to shatter their faith in the institution of the Catholic Church.

Even as they uncover the dead priest’s most sordid secrets, the answer to the central question remains hidden: Who killed him and why? Thomas Zigal leads the reader through the darkest alleys of New Orleans as Father McMurray and Peter Moore conduct their own harrowing investigations before they finally confront the murderer in an explosive finale.


THOMAS ZIGAL is the author of seven novels and numerous short stories and essays. His novels have won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the fiction award from the Philosophical Society of Texas, and the Violet Crown Award from the Writers’ League of Texas. Outcry Witness is the final novel in his New Orleans trilogy, which includes the award-winning Many Rivers to Cross (TCU Press, 2013). Zigal lives in Austin, Texas.


Austin writer and historian James Kunetka is the author of four novels and three nonfiction books. His fiction is largely set in the American Southwest and his novel WARDAY was on the New York Times Best Seller List and a Book of the Month Club main selection. His nonfiction history traces the development of the atomic bomb in World War II, as well as the controversial role of those individuals who pursue science on the one hand, and build weapons of mass destruction on the other. His most recent work is The General and the Genius, the story of the two men most responsible for America's early nuclear weapons: scientist Robert Oppenheimer and Army general Leslie Groves.

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ISBN: 9780875657189
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Published: Texas Christian University Press - February 28th, 2019

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