Book Description: Marshalling the vast powers of narrative and historical re-creation that he brought to his international bestseller Schindlerâ€™s List, Thomas Keneally has created a moving and provocative novel about a headstrong young Catholic priest in World War II Australia. As Sydney braces itself for a Japanese invasion, Father Frank Darragh finds his pastoral duties becoming increasingly challenging. How should he counsel an AWOL black American soldier who may face death for his involvement with a white woman? And what should he say to another womanâ€”the distressingly beguiling Kate Heggartyâ€”who impresses him with her virtue even as she edges toward sin? When Kate is found murdered, Darragh falls under suspicion. And even if the police clear him, his superiorsâ€”and his own conscienceâ€”may not. Office of Innocence is a book thatâ€™s impossible to put down, dense with moral complexity and alive with period detail.