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Lack of the Irish (Notre Dame Mystery Series #2)
     

Lack of the Irish (Notre Dame Mystery Series #2)

by Ralph McInerny, Ralp McInerny
 

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When sports and religion collide, it results in an ungodly murder...

As the Notre Dame campus gears up for one of the most religiously-charged sporting events in history-the big game between Catholic Notre Dame and Protestant pastor Edwina Marciniak, plans to make a statement by disrupting both the game and the theological conference campus scholars are holding.

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When sports and religion collide, it results in an ungodly murder...

As the Notre Dame campus gears up for one of the most religiously-charged sporting events in history-the big game between Catholic Notre Dame and Protestant pastor Edwina Marciniak, plans to make a statement by disrupting both the game and the theological conference campus scholars are holding. But the murder of an administrator threatens to steal the headlines...

Who killed the unlamented Hazel Nootin? Detective Philip Knight and his brother, brilliant philosophy professor Roger Knight, are summoned to put a lid on the case. As they hone in on their prime suspects-and on-and-off-the-wagon reporter, a troubled football star with an explosive secret, and Hazel's hapless husband-the Knights must score a goal for justice. This is one game they can't afford to fumble.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Mystery at its bloodless, cerebral best." —Chicago Tribune

"Literate...clever...thoughtful...readable...It is easy to understand why Ralph McInerny was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at Bouchercon." —Mystery News on On This Rockne

"[Conveys] a sense of the human tragicomic aspect of real heroes." —Irish Echo on On This Rockne

Kirkus Reviews
Irish isn't all that's lacking. This second entry (after On This Rockne, 1997) in McInerny's latest mystery series just about lacks a mystery, too. True enough, quietus has been put to Hazel Nootin, the least-liked cog in the huge Notre Dame University bureaucracy. But who really cares? To McInerny (director of Notre Dame's Jacques Maritain Center), concern for who-dun-it seems little more than a matter of form, a forced nod in the direction of the genre. Clearly, what gets the authorþs writerly juices flowing is the chance to deflate some Notre Dame pretensions. Among his targets: religionists (all sects), lay philosophers (all schools), flacks, athletes, grinds, alums, and, of course, academics. Roger Knight, Huneker Professor of Catholic studies, and his brother Philip, the private eye, are back again as McInerny's laid-back sleuthing team. Not that the clues he drops require much in the way of sleuthing, or take up much in the way of space. Precedence goes to a ho-hum football game, an improbable theological conference, and a lifeless romance between a nerdy student and a nubile cheerleader. And to jokes like this: Says a conference planner to his colleague: "I think Dave could do liaison." The reply: "Hey, I'm a married man." It takes sixty-seven pages for the corpse to turn up, and five minutes or so for the killer to confess. In a murder mystery, that's the definition of perfunctory. Too many characters idling about, too few plot twists. And the wit is as strained as the titleþs pun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312969271
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/15/1999
Series:
Notre Dame Mystery Series , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.61(d)

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From the Publisher
"Mystery at its bloodless, cerebral best." —Chicago Tribune

"Literate...clever...thoughtful...readable...It is easy to understand why Ralph McInerny was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at Bouchercon." —Mystery News on On This Rockne

"[Conveys] a sense of the human tragicomic aspect of real heroes." —Irish Echo on On This Rockne

Meet the Author

Ralph McInerny is the author of more than twenty-six books, including the Father Dowling Mysteries. He has taught for more than forty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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