Irish Tenure (Notre Dame Mystery Series #3)

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In the University of Notre Dame's philosophy department two young scholars, Amanda Pick and Hans Wiener, are competing for the same tenure position. Sleuth Roger Knight is a friend to both, and as he painfully witnesses the fierce competition unfold, he also becomes keenly aware of the many secrets that both professors have to hide. While Amanda is a beloved teacher who incorporates a passionate and liberal approach to her students' learning, Hans follows a more conservative route, and has a family to support. ...

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Overview

In the University of Notre Dame's philosophy department two young scholars, Amanda Pick and Hans Wiener, are competing for the same tenure position. Sleuth Roger Knight is a friend to both, and as he painfully witnesses the fierce competition unfold, he also becomes keenly aware of the many secrets that both professors have to hide. While Amanda is a beloved teacher who incorporates a passionate and liberal approach to her students' learning, Hans follows a more conservative route, and has a family to support. Through their designs, both earn the ire of their many colleagues, until Amanda Pick crosses the wrong path and ends up dead.

At the same time, speculations are building about the true origins of an unknown manuscript by G. K. Chesterton, who spent time on the Notre Dame campus. How is the awkward researcher of these papers tied into Amanda's death? And how did Notre Dame's foremost Chesterton scholar, Sean Pottery, fall madly in love with the young ill-fated professor?

Displaying Ralph McInerny's trademark wit and intelligence, Irish Tenure is another clever romp through the hallowed halls of academia, and once again demonstrates why McInerny is considered a master of the mystery form.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his third mystery set at the venerable University of Notre Dame (following Lack of the Irish), McInerny, author of the Father Dowling series, spins a tale of academic mayhem around the issue of tenure. Two young philosophy professors, Amanda Pick and Hans Wiener, are vying for the single tenured spot open in their department. Wiener, affectionately called "Hot Dog" by students, has impressive credentials in his chosen area of research, while Pick has been dabbling with popular literature, in the form of G.K. Chesterton. Which of the two will the committee choose? Pick has become the object of obsession of a Chesterton expert on the English faculty, Prof. Sean Pottery. So when her body is found in a lake on campus, Pottery seems like a good suspect. But also on hand is rare book dealer Noah Beispiel, who's been hunting through the Notre Dame archives for an unpublished Father Brown story penned by Chesterton when he was a visiting lecturer at the university decades before. A second murder clouds the issue momentarily, but sleuth Roger Knight, a mountain of a man who holds a chair in Catholic Studies at Notre Dame, uncovers the truth. There is no suspense in the tale, since the identity of the murderer and the motive for the crimes are all but transparent, but McInerny does score points for the acerbic wit often present in his portrayal of academic life. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312973209
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2000
  • Series: Notre Dame Mystery Series, #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph McInerny is the author of over twenty-eight books, including the popular Father Dowling mysteries. He has taught for over forty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he is director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He was awarded the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award and he lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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