“What’s a Presbyterian pastor doing writing a page-turning murder mystery? I’d say doing a dazzling job reaching readers who will appreciate a terrific mix of the spiritual and the thrilling.”

Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary and Director, Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary

“A tale of overcoming rage, unlearning religious prejudice, and finding the ground of community and forgiveness, Brinton’s City of Peace speaks a needed pastoral word into our troubled, fractious time.”

– David Williams, author of When the English Fall

“The story of Harley is not just the story of one man, but also a story that many can relate to, one going from frustration and sadness into redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation. A must read.”

– Shahid Rahman, Executive Director, American Muslim Institution

“Deeply spiritual writers often have difficulty with suspense. Not Henry Brinton. Faith’s challenges are present along with its opportunities as the protagonist, Harley Camden, confronts both real and imagined assaults on his sensitivities.  City of Peace is timely, compelling and entertaining—in hockey they call that the ‘hat trick.’”

– Al Sikes, author of Culture Leads Leaders and former Chair of the Federal Communications Commission under George H.W. Bush

“In this thrilling mystery, City of Peace paints a daunting picture of life in a polarized world. When  cultures and faiths intersect, author Henry Brinton brilliantly weaves a blueprint for co-existence.  Great  message and well written.” 

– Benjamin H Berkley, Author of In Defense of Guilt and Against My Will

“I have gotten to know Harley Camden and am all the better for it. In his stunning book City of Peace, Henry Brinton gives us unforgettable characters, an engaging and provocative story, and worthy revelations for us all.”

– Peter M. Wallace, author of The Passionate Jesus and producer/host of the Day1 radio program

City of Peace allows us to see our religiously divided world through the eyes of a pastor in pain. Harley’s grief opens him to receive comfort from unexpected places — shared meals with new neighbors, the sight of ospreys on the Potomac, and the needs of a young Muslim man. Such moments not only help heal Harley’s grief, but equip him for the challenges of ministering in a community wracked by hate.”

– Rev. Ruth Everhart, author of Ruined (a memoir)

“Terrorist murderers can change a loving man from the inside out when the victims are his wife and daughter. Henry Brinton’s writing prowess is applied to the full extent of his storytelling power in this, his premiere novel, City of Peace, where he poignantly portrays the inner turmoil of a righteous and wounded soul, whose healing, and redemption, crosses the most unexpected of cultural and religious lines.”

– Peter Panagore, bestselling author of Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death is Just The Beginning

“A wonderful novel that reminds us of our shared humanity across faith and national origin through the personal struggle of a pastor trying to rebuild his life in the historic town of Occoquan in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Henry Brinton uses his own experiences to bring to life the complex dynamics of living in an extraordinarily diverse region and ultimately leaves us with the hope that diverse communities can be immensely enriching to all of us.”

– Ángel Cabrera, president, George Mason University

“”City of Peace is an enjoyable, well-written and face-paced story that illustrates how radical hospitality, especially in our current fractured political and social milieu, can restore individual and corporate peace to people who have suffered great personal loss and who have fears for future travails.”

– Mike Frosolono, author of Beyond Duty, Comfort and Affliction, and Thoroughly Biased Opinions

“After terrorists kill his family, a Methodist minister confronts his own prejudices when he takes over a struggling congregation. Unknown to him, his new home holds secrets that set him on an adventure as unwitting sleuth, confessor and witness. A compelling exploration of racism in a small town wrapped inside a murder mystery.”

Rick Pullen, bestselling thriller author of Naked Truth and Naked Ambition

“A unique murder mystery with spiritual overtones, demonstrating how God can deliver good out of evil. You will find this timely book to be uplifting, an excellent and thought-provoking story.”

– John J. Jessop, author of Pleasuria: Take As Directed; Guardian Angel: Unforgiven; Guardian Angel: Indoctrination

“An inspiration— a man of God and his struggle to conquer inner demons. Highly recommended.”

– Christopher Bowron, best-selling author of Devil in the Grass and The Palm Reader