On This Rockne (Notre Dame Mystery Series #1)

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To many Notre Dame alumni, being a good Fighting Irish fan is as important as being a good Catholic. Billionaire Marcus Bramble is obsessed with the sport and with the father of all college football coaching - the great Knute Rockne. But when Bramble offers the school ten million dollars to memorialize the Rock, things get dangerously competitive. While debate rages over how to honor the coach, one trustee - the outspoken Madeline Rune - ends up dead. Rune was the daughter of the great sports historian F.X. ...
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Overview

To many Notre Dame alumni, being a good Fighting Irish fan is as important as being a good Catholic. Billionaire Marcus Bramble is obsessed with the sport and with the father of all college football coaching - the great Knute Rockne. But when Bramble offers the school ten million dollars to memorialize the Rock, things get dangerously competitive. While debate rages over how to honor the coach, one trustee - the outspoken Madeline Rune - ends up dead. Rune was the daughter of the great sports historian F.X. Bourke and the heir to his estate. The most likely suspect in Rune's murder is her embittered and philandering husband, but lurking in the background are forces more political than marital. When the murder suspect also becomes a victim, surprising information ends up in the hands of the Knight brothers: Philip, the private eye, and Roger, the brilliant Notre Dame philosophy professor. With help from an intriguing cast of local characters, the Knight brothers embark on the most clever and energetic McInerny series to date.
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Everything's fine at Notre Dame—unless you're losing sleep over the fortunes of the current football program—until megabucks alumnus Marcus Bramble offers the university $10 million for a suitable memorial to legendary coach Knute Rockne. Will the money go to a new stadium, an on-campus mausoleum, or a remake of Knute Rockne, All-American? McInerny, working outside his usual Father Dowling territory (The Tears of Things, 1996, etc.), shows an effortlessly light touch with campus intrigue until trustee Madeline Rune gets herself murdered. Feeling threatened by her estranged husband Stanley, Madeline had asked New York p.i. Philip Knight and his brother, Huneker Professor of Catholic Studies Roger Knight, for help, and now Stanley is the number-one suspect, at least until he gets killed with the same weapon as his fearful ex. But the mystery runs aground in a thousand glittering shoals, as the brothers follow the trail of The Four Winners, a boys' football novel Rockne wrote but never published; The Four Losers, a fictionalized debunking of contemporary Notre Dame football by upstart English prof Henry Hadley; the twisted connections between Madeline's dynastic forebears and the illustrious Catholic university; and a dozen other subplots that have nothing to do with the oddly perfunctory mystery.

Still, you've got to have a soft spot for a novel whose police chief describes the investigating officer as "Purdue. But a good cop."

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"A wonderful start to a new series." --Booklist

"[McInerny] shows an effortlessly light touch with campus intrigue." --Kirkus Reviews

"Give McInerny a few more entries, and he'll have readers comparing the Knight Brothers with the best detective duos in the genre." --Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312170547
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Notre Dame Mystery Series, #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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