Ooo. Was watching taped "Revelations" again last night, and slo-mo'ed through the end of the bastinado scene enough to catch a couple words of the title of the book in which Prentiss (I think it was) finds Tobias's list of Narcotics Anonymous meetings. It's Flannery O'Connor's "The Violent Bear It Away"! Here's the start of Wikipedia's plot summary -- go there under the title of the book to see more!
"The novel begins with the death of Mason Tarwater, a fanatically religious old man who considers himself a prophet and lives in a Southern backwoods farm called Powderhead. He lives with his great-nephew, Francis Marion Tarwater. Mason kidnapped the younger Tarwater when the boy was four, in order to baptize him. Mason believes that his destiny is to baptize his other great-nephew, Bishop, and that this destiny will become Francis' if he fails. He claims to have learned this from God, in an event in which Mason's eyes were "burned clean," and his mission as a prophet was revealed.
Mason's only request to the younger Tarwater was to be buried when he died and to have a cross mark his grave. When Tarwater finds Mason dead one morning, he begins to dig a grave for the old man. However, an invisible "stranger" arrives, the dark side of Tarwater's mind..."
Sound *at all* familiar? *g*
Those CM writers may not always be subtle, but damn! Can they layer a text!