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Smaller and Smaller Circles

F.H. Batacan

This harrowing mystery, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killer Payatas, a 50-acre dump northeast of Manila's Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf. In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands. Father Gus Saenz is a respected forensic anthropologist, one of the few in the Philippines, and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a backup for police efforts. Together with his protege, Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist, Saenz dedicates himself to tracking down the monster preying on these impoverished boys. Smaller and Smaller Circles, widely regarded as the first Filipino crime novel, is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir, a sensitive depiction of a time and place, and a fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees' lives

This harrowing mystery, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killer Payatas, a 50-acre dump northeast of Manila's Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf. In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands. Father Gus Saenz is a respected forensic anthropologist, one of the few in the Philippines, and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a backup for police efforts. Together with his protege, Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist, Saenz dedicates himself to tracking down the monster preying on these impoverished boys. Smaller and Smaller Circles, widely regarded as the first Filipino crime novel, is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir, a sensitive depiction of a time and place, and a fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees' lives
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This harrowing mystery, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killer Payatas, a 50-acre dump northeast of Manila's Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf. In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands. Father Gus Saenz is a respected forensic anthropologist, one of the few in the Philippines, and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a backup for police efforts. Together with his protege, Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist, Saenz dedicates himself to tracking down the monster preying on these impoverished boys. Smaller and Smaller Circles, widely regarded as the first Filipino crime novel, is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir, a sensitive depiction of a time and place, and a fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees' lives

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ramón de Ocampo

Length:

10h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

14:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:07


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

15:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

13:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:18


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:44