Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. Fidelma McBride becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. That world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed. Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England, but it is not until she confronts him-- her nemesis-- at the tribunal in the Hague, that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax. The Little Red Chairs is a book about love, and the endless search for it. It is also a book about mankind's fascination with evil and how long and crooked the road towards home is.
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