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Winner of the 1991 Best First Private Eye Novel Contest co-sponsored by St. Martin's Press, Macmillan London, and the Private Eye Writers of America, A Sudden Death at the Norfolk Cafe introduces a most unusual private investigator.
Sister Cecile is an heiress whose father, disapproving of her vocation, left his fortune to her on the condition it not be spent for religious purposes. Cecile circumvents this by putting her investigative talents to work as a licensed private investigator, using her credit cards in the course of her work and then donating the fees to her Boston convent.
Her latest case has her protecting the pregnant eighteen-year-old daughter of aspiring political candidate Abe Hersey. Jane Hersey is on the run from Martin Moon, the father of the baby and a vicious blackmailer who wants his secrets to remain secret. Cecile is also involved in the murder of a small-time crook whose mother she has taken under her wing. The various events, further complicated by an inept drug dealer and local political intrigues, draw together in a blazing climax in the parking lot of a shabby Boston bar.
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In Dorchester, Massachusetts, the nuns at the Convent of Our Lady of Good Counsel offer sanctuary to the terrified pregnant daughter of a Boston politician. In Cambridge, a small-time crook is murdered. Low priority trouble for a big city, but the hidden connection between the two events is deadly: blackmail, drugs, and big bucks for those who can stay alive long enough to collect.
At the center of things is Sister Cecile, a private investigator heiress, and Catholic nun, who does God's work in strange and wonderful ways. She heads a east that includes lawyer Paul Dorys, who loves her; Martin Moon, a blueblood who loves nobody; Sister Raphael, who loves everybody; and Lyuba McVey; whose heart belongs equally to booze and her murdered son.
It's a crew that requires Sister Cecile to call upon heaven for more help than usual. Heaven, alas, is in no hurry to give it....
"The author has been a teacher and analyst for the CIA, and she has a devious mind....The Boston scene, the teenager and the nun, and the dialogue are attractively written."
-- The Boston Globe
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st. Seller Inventory # DADAX031208899X
Book Description St Martins Pr, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M031208899X