Irish Linen

Irish Linen

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The perils of wartime add special urgency to the latest mysteries being investigated by Nuala Anne McGrail. More than a little fey, Nuala has a well-deserved reputation for getting to the bottom of even the most tangled intrigues, even when they may be taking place on the other side of the world. Desmond Doolin, an idealistic young man from the McGrails' West Side Chicago neighbourhood, has gone missing in Iraq. The US government denies any knowledge of his whereabouts, and his grieving family has all but written him off as dead. But Nuala is convinced that there's more to the story...and she won't stop asking questions until she finds out what has really become of Desmond, one way or another. Meanwhile, a parallel investigation uncovers the story of another young man abroad in dangerous times. Poking around in the past, Nuala happens upon the memoirs of Timothy Patrick Clarke, the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany, who risked his life for the sake of a beautiful German widow...and a secret plot to kill Adolf Hitler.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 35.6mm | 635.04g
  • St Martin's Press
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765315866
  • 9780765315861

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"An unexpected smidge of gravitas helps Nuala Anne's sixth rise to the top of the series."--"Kirkus" on "Irish Cream" "Irresistible."--"Booklist" on "Irish Cream" "No contemporary writer is better than Greeley at depicting the genius, humor, logic, personal skills, and cultural idiosyncrasies of the Irish, whether in American cities like Chicago or across the big pond in Ireland. This author is the master of modern Irish ethnic genius! . . . A delight to read. . . . This book is bound to give you a few hours of great reading pleasure!"--"Shelby-Utica News," Utica MI on "Irish Cream" "The comical banter between Dermot and Nuala Anne cleverly gives the reader insight into their Irish heritage as well as their Catholic faith."--"Romantic Times Bookclub" "Coziness .. . is the appeal of these mysteries. Solid, modest Dermot and fiery, unpredictable Nuala Anne enjoy an ideal marriage: sexy and humorous and unabashedly loving. Happiness is much harder to write than misery, and Greeley deserves credit for making this fantasy as much fun as it is."--"Los Angeles"" Times" on "Irish Eyes" "A love story as much as a mystery, with Greeley portraying Chicago's middle-class Irish-American ethnics with flair, dignity, and affection for their lilting speech."--"Chicago"" Sun-Times" on "Irish Lace" "The prolific cleric plops his psychic singer heroine and her family into a delicious stew of trouble in his latest crowd pleaser . . . the double plot is rich with detail, while the couples's earnestness and good intentions are never in question."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Irish Stew!"show more

About Andrew M. Greeley

Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including "The Archbishop in Andalusia," the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including "Irish Tweed," and "The Cardinal Virtues." He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the "Chicago Sun-Times" and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America "and "Commonweal," and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, "Confessions of a Parish Priest" and "Furthermore!"In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, "The Church in Society," at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.show more

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4 37% (133)
3 27% (98)
2 3% (10)
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