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The morning after he attends his high school reunion--and becomes the butt of a practical joke by the old gang--Owen Keane begins investigating a decade-old secret of murderous proportions. Reprint.
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Owen Keane was studying in his preparation for the priesthood when he roamed the back roads of the midwest in Faherty's excellent 1993 The Lost Keats . Met again here, in 1978, he's a seminary drop-out and self-styled sleuth working in a Boston liquor store. At the 10th reunion of his class at Our Lady of Sorrows High School in New Jersey, Owen stumbles across--and solves--a mystery dating from senior year that left one classmate struggling hard with nightmares of drug use and duty in Vietnam. A leap ahead to 1988 finds Owen tending bar in Atlantic City and still addicted to finding answers, this time to questions about the recent death of that same classmate. Investigating in his laid back and largely cerebral manner, Owen uncovers further secrets shared by his old classmates. As one woman remarks, Owen's gift is that much that appears to escape him actually doesn't. He's a rare bird in crime fiction and while this tale sprawls and rambles in parts, its rewards are rich and surprising.
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A unique story idea is the most notable feature of Faherty's latest mystery. Owen Keane, a student at Our Lady of Sorrows High School in the turbulent 1960s, is now a liquor-store employee with a fascination for mysteries. When he's invited to his 10-year high-school reunion, he decides to impress his former classmatesespecially the most popular clique, known as the Sorrowersby claiming to run his own detective agency. But his ruse backfires when one of the women at the reunion asks him to take on a bona fide blackmail case, and Owen finds himself involved in a convoluted, abstruse puzzle with roots deep in the past. The truth eludes him until 10 years later, when Owen returns to his twentieth reunion and discovers the shocking secret kept hidden by the Sorrowers for two decades. Unfortunately, while Faherty's plot is inventive and original, his lackluster dialogue and one-dimensional characters keep the novel from being much more than mildly entertaining. Still, it's recommendable for large mystery collections. Emily Melton
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Book Description Worldwide Library, 1996. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110373262078
Book Description Worldwide Library. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0373262078 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1925088
Book Description Worldwide Library, 1996. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0373262078