A love story about a love so enduring it lasts through 40 years of separation...
Millions of Blackie Ryan fans will be thrilled with his return in this exciting novel of mystery and suspense. Bestselling novelist Andrew M. Greeley has captured the imagination of the mystery reading public with the improbable Bishop Blackie Ryan, who works for the aristocratic, haughty, sometimes arrogant but often slyly good humored Sean Cardinal Cronin, the Archbishop of Chicago. The Vatican has just assigned auxiliary Bishop Gus Quill to the Archdiocese of Chicago over the violent protests of Archbishop Sean Cronin, and the not so silent protests of Bishop Blackie. Bishop Quill is under the illusion, one might say delusion, that he has been sent from Rome to replace the good Cardinal when in fact Rome was dying to get rid of him because of his incompetence. Immediately on arriving in Chicago, he manages to disappear while riding the L Train and it is up to Blackie to find him. As the Cardinal says, "The Vatican does not like to lose bishops, even auxiliaries. " And thus begins the search for the missing bishop who no one really wants to find. Of course, none of this is too much for the intrepid little Bishop Ryan. He faces these problems squarely and, with the kind of deductive mind reminiscent of G. K Chesterton's Father Brown, manages to find solutions to some of the most baffling mysteries he has ever encountered.
Andrew M. Greeley's bestselling sleuth meets The West Wing. Blackie Ryan in the White House? Yes! Sent there by his estimable but irascible boss, the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, Sean Cronin. Blackie gets a call from his friend, the newly elected Democratic president, Jack Patrick McGurn whom the media has seen fit to call Machine Gun McGurn but of course the call is interrupted by the autocratic Cardinal Cronin. Cronin, without consulting Blackie, sends him off to the White House to solve a poltergeist problem. Ghosts in the White House? Of course. Blackie encounters a great deal more than ghosts; an evil spirit out to get the President, a right wing conspiracy, and four beautiful women, any one of whom could be contributing to the mischief in the West Wing. How Blackie solves the problem of the ghosts and the conspiracy, and perhaps even finds a beautiful wife for the lonely, recently widowed President makes The Bishop in the West Wing the best Blackie Ryan mystery yet.
Examining the religious imagination that shapes Catholics' lives, Greeley discusses the central themes of Catholic culture: Sacrament, Salvation, Community, Festival, Structure, Erotic Desire, and the Mother Love of God.
15 new fantasy stories by talented, award winning, popular authors edited by Andrew M Greeley. Diane Duane humorously writes about how the murder of leprechauns in modern Dublin is halted. Tanith Lee's muse, a Speir-Bhan, helps a musician rid the land of 3 beautiful Goth women who are murderous shape shifters. Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple describe a violent pub brawl where the combatants are the Fair Folk. Judith Tarr's lonely hermit finds romance as he rescues the magic folk from extinction. Elizabeth Haydon's Merrow, a mermaid, is a loving wife and mother who rescues her son from starvation during the potato famine. Disrespecting The Butter Spirit almost results in broken hearts and a lost soul in Charles De Lint's suspenseful story. Ray Bradbury creates a beautiful but deadly banshee. Andrew Greeley's Faeries could be angels who prefer Ireland to heaven. Jane Lindskold offers a unique take on the love of a famous poet's life. Fred Saberhagen concocts a shocking blend of vampires and literature. Peter Tremayne's characters pay a chilling price for their chance to be discovered in the music world. Cecilia Dart-Thornton's hero gains love in the land of eternal youth, but can he keep it? L. E. Modesitt, Jr. weaves Irish magic together with interstellar flight. Jacqueline Carey's heroes decide between remaining with their beautiful lovers and continuing their quest for revenge. A stray cat is the salvation of a lonely little girl in the final story by Morgan Llywelyn. Readers may find other titles to try in the short biographies of the authors given at the end of the book.
Petey Pat Kane and Mariana Pia Pelligrino have been in love with each other their whole lives. But on a night that is supposed to be one of the best of their lives, Peter makes a choice that forces him to leave Chicago - and Mariana - behind. Guilt leads him into the Army, where he becomes Captain Kane, war hero. But nothing can make him forget his love for Mariana. On his third deployment in Iraq, Peter is injured and finds himself both alive and dead on a wondrous spiritual journey where he is given a second chance at life from God Himself. With Christmas approaching, time is running out for Peter to complete the most important mission of his life: convincing himself that he and Mariana were meant to share a special message of love with the world.
Day O'Sullivan blames himself for a vehicular homicide he may not have committed. His family wants to pin the crime on him, which leads Nuala and Dermot to wonder who really ran over Rodney Keefe.
The veteran Greeley plots this latest work with some admirable cunning, which shows up clearly in a highly believable trading expos and in the exacting re-creation of the supposed death of an enigmatic crime lord from Capone-era Chicago. Unfortunately, it all counts for naught beside the truly tiresome twosome around whom this third book in a series (after Irish Gold and Irish Lace) revolves. Nuala Anne McGrail is an Irish beauty with a fine singing voice, all kinds of sexy outfits, a job as an accountant and the gift of second sight. She talks dirty, likes to be fondled and must be the least likely virgin featured in recent literature. Her dutiful betrothed is Dermot Coyne, who also doubles as the narrator. A former commodities trader who's now a bestselling author, Dermot is currently under investigation for the $3 million he netted during his brief trading days. When Nuala "sees" an empty coffin in a cemetery plot, the hunt for a missing corpse is on. The shooting death of Jimmy Sullivan, onetime rival to Al Capone, emerges as just the kind of long-unexplained mystery that exactly suits Nuala's otherworldly gifts and Dermot's dogged legwork. Dermot's trial is fun, and so is Jimmy's turbulent history. But the lovers' dialogue is laughable with its lewd promises for the upcoming wedding night. And then there's Dermot's continuous declarations of his endless devotion and the lustful attention Nuala elicits from every breathing male in Chicago. One might be tempted to opine that Greeley knows less about love (or lust) than he might think. Library Journal
4th title in the Nuala Anne McGrail series
'We must begin our story of Jesus by granting him permission to surprise us endlessly....' ---from the Introduction Jesus of Galilee taught through stories, which even today contain the power to startle us out of our prejudices and preconceptions. Now Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America's most beloved storytellers, examines the parables told by Jesus in search of a fuller understanding of the man and his message.This engaging and informal collection of homilies reveals a Jesus whose simple parables carry profound lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven. Along the way, Father Greeley touches on such provocative topics as the significance of Jesus's Jewish roots, his deep and revolutionary relationship with women, The Da Vinci Code, and The Passion of the Christ. He also singles out the four greatest parables, which best illustrate the infinite love and mercy of the God whose kingdom began with Jesus and continues even today.As a storyteller, Jesus often surprised his listeners with unexpected twists that challenged them to see the world in a whole new light. Father Greeley's insightful tour of the Gospels provides a fresh look at the parables that strips away centuries of false and mistaken interpretations to get at the essential truth of who Jesus really was and what he believed.
Father Herman Hoffman, in his first parish appointment, witnesses child abuse in the parish rectory. He tells the pastor, the father of the victim, and the police but is rebuffed by the archbishop.
Chicago attorney Brendan Ryan is a classic "Quiet Man" but passion can transform even the mildest man into a fierce fighter ready to ruthlessly defend the woman he loves.
It was during the summer of 1938 that Michael Cronin decided that his elder son, Paul, was to become president of the United States and that his younger son, Sean, was to become a priest and "probably a cardinal." The decision was made spontaneously, without reflection. Nonetheless, it was permanent and irrevocable.
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