In addition to Dear Priscilla, Mark Schweizer is also the author of the Liturgical Mysteries, nine highly acclaimed comic mysteries set in the fictitious town of St. Germaine, North Carolina. He lives in the foothills of western North Carolina.
Dear Priscillaby Mark Schweizer
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October, 1943. Detective Merl Cahill and his partner, Fish Biederman, have got a good thing going. Chicago in 1943 is a very lucrative place to be one of "Chicago's finest." Merl Cahill is not only one of "Chicago's finest," he's also one of "Chicago's largest" -- an ex-Chicago Bears' lineman standing six-seven and weighing two hundred eighty pounds. He might be considered one of "Chicago's meanest" if any one of his collars stayed alive long enough to press charges.
When a dead girl is found in an alley behind a grocery store, it's Merl and Fish who get the call. After a second girl turns up, so does the heat. A mug like this would usually be no match for these two, but this killer is different -- colder, smarter, with a warped psyche that defies all attempts at unravelling. All they can do is wait for him to strike again.
A female detective promoted to the squad does little for morale and as the tension mounts, it becomes clear that the killer isn't finished. Not by a long shot.
A love story, a hard-bitten potboiler with twists, slugs, roscoes, and more than a few belly laughs, Dear Priscilla is also a look back at Chicago in the early '40s -- WWII, Maxwell Street, the Union Stock Yards, the Times, Chicago Bears football -- and populated with some of Schweizer's best characters to date. All this makes for a comic noir thriller that you won't want to miss.
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This book is a brutally honest view of a homicide detective's life. The characters are so true to life, I feel like I served with them. The book is full of red herrings and the true culprit is quite a surprise, as it should be. This is not a St. Germaine novel. This book is a step to the side of the liturgical mysteries that are light, filled with musical metaphor and funny. This book is serious and I loved it!
While the general humor of the subgenres are closer to fantasy and some of the characters could grow a little it misses and am while i read the others this will be archived m.a.@sparta
Would have best been written under a different name for it was a very sad read unpleasan in every way some writers can manage two genre combos or try for different genres and some make it and some dont this was flatter than a penny on a trolley track buska
Didn't like the book all that much. It was good writing, but nothing like the Hayden Konig series. At least those had more than the dregs of society running around, in and out of police uniforms.