The Tears of Things (Father Dowling Series #18)

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To Father Roger Dowling, St. Hilary's parish in Fox River, Illinois, seems to be buzzing with business as usual - until the wealthy retired investment adviser Mitchell Striker is found murdered in his car. The police suspect is a local gigolo, Jerome Winegar, who has mysteriously reappeared in town for the first time since he got a young girl pregnant and left her twenty years ago. The girl, Nancy, was Striker's daughter. The distraught teenager, following her father's instructions, gave up the child and married ...
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To Father Roger Dowling, St. Hilary's parish in Fox River, Illinois, seems to be buzzing with business as usual - until the wealthy retired investment adviser Mitchell Striker is found murdered in his car. The police suspect is a local gigolo, Jerome Winegar, who has mysteriously reappeared in town for the first time since he got a young girl pregnant and left her twenty years ago. The girl, Nancy, was Striker's daughter. The distraught teenager, following her father's instructions, gave up the child and married a reliable man. Now, with the Striker fortune suddenly in her hands, Nancy is beset by guilt and regret about her past. Father Dowling knew Striker as a parishioner and is troubled by Jerome Winegar's presence in Fox River. As the darkly brooding man cuts a swath through the town's female population, trouble seems to follow: there is another murder, and though Winegar is arrested, the evidence against him does not add up.
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Another chapter, and a mighty complex one, in the chronicles of Father Dowling, the quietly perceptive pastor of St. Hilary's in Fox River, Illinois (A Cardinal Sin, 1994, etc.). Longtime parishioner Mitchell Striker, a retired financial advisor, is to give a lecture on investing at the church's social center. His body, however, is found in his car in the parking lot; he's been killed, it turns out, by an injection of Demerol. The police arrest Jerome Winegar, who, 20 years before, was a star pupil at St. Peter's School for Orphans. Striker was a board member there, and instrumental in getting Winegar expelled when Striker's daughter Nancy became pregnant as a result of her love affair with the young man. Now, after a stint in the army and aimless jobs in other places, a suave Winegar is back in Fox River—to get his revenge on Striker, according to the prosecution. Moving in with much younger reporter Lucy Sommers, even as he escorted a wealthy widow around town, hasn't much enhanced the picture of Winegar's character. Meanwhile, Nancy Striker, married to dentist Jim Walsh and the mother of two sons, has a problem brought on by her father's death—what to tell her adopted sister Kate, now an heiress and determined to find her birth parents? It takes another killing to get Winegar off the hook and to precipitate the Grand Guignol finish, with loose ends flapping all the way.

A should-be compelling story dissipated in self-indulgent philosophizing, sloppy plotlines, and an over-the-top climax. Long- term fans won't complain. Others may wish for the might have been.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312147464
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Father Dowling Series, #18
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    AWESOME

    This book moved at a quick pace, focusing in on more than one character to develop plot and subplot and leave you in suspense till the end. It left me always wanting to find out what happened next, and I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    The Editor should be Fired!!

    I only finished this book, because I had invested so much time in it already - other then that it was one of the hardest books to get through. I contribute part of the difficulty on the Editor - this book had so many errors in grammar it distracted you from the story. As far as the story goes, there was a lot of time wasted on useless characters and too much character jumping without proper breaks, which I again blame the Editors for. Unfortuntaely this was the first book I have ever read in the Father Dowling series, number eighteen, and it is safe to say after this experience I will not be picking up one thru seventeen any time soon or ever for that matter. Take my advice, don't bother.

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