I recently reviewed A Priest in Hell: Gangs, Murderers, and Snitching in a California Jail by Randy Radic for The Internet Review of Books. I had some questions concerning the book, but Randy, who has contributed to this site, took my comments very gracefully and viewed them as constructive criticism. Below is the opening paragraph of the review.
A PRIEST IN HELL:
Gangs, Murderers, and Snitching in a California Jail
By Randall Radic
In early November 2005, Randall Radic, the former pastor of the First Congregational Church in Ripon, California, was arrested for fleecing his flock. The specific crime: Radic sold his parsonage and the church for more than $725,000. With the loot, he went out and bought himself a spanking brand new BMW valued at $100K, wined and dined at exclusive California restaurants, and smoked pricey and aromatic Hoya cigars. When he made a sizeable deposit in his bank account, he writes, “…somebody flushed the toilet.” The bank became suspicious and all bets were off-Radic’s accounts were frozen before he could transfer the dough down to San Diego and make a swift getaway. The church has its main building back, but still owes huge transaction fees.
To read the rest of the review, please visit the April issue of The Internet Review of Books.
Within the next week, I’ll post an interview with Randy about his life, writing, jail, and his plans for upcoming books.