In this new entry, we revisit Koesler's adolescent and teen years, to a time when young Catholic men and women were encouraged, even expected, to become priests and nuns, whether or not their vocation was real. We meet his group of six young aspiring religious (four men and two women) who underwent the rigors of the seminary and the convent together. We learn of their individual struggles with their faith, their mentors, and their commitments to difficult choices. And we painfully discover how one member of this group is inflicted with undserved guilt by a selfishly cruel pastor and how this dooms his life. Now in their seventies, the group gathers together, a reunion of sorts, after one of their number is found dead. Suspicions arise, and once again Father Koesler's acumen is called on to solve the puzzle. Bill Kienzle's mystery series has a faithful audience who has bought his books in hardcover and paperback for a combined total sale of more than 2 million copies. Nearly all of Father Koesler mysteries have been Main Selections for the Mystery Guild; all have been sold to Books On Tape. In spring 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times named William X. Kienzle's first book, The Rosary Murders, one of the top twenty-five mysteries of the twentieth century.
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“This highly intelligent, wonderfully human, and compassionate novel is a reminder of how good a writer [Kienzle] could be. . . . This thought-provoking last hurrah will provide rich spiritual satisfaction.”
“FATHER KOESLER IS ON THE CASE, THANK GOD.”
—The Baltimore Sun
“William Kienzle is the Harry Kemelman of Catholicism. . . . Robert Koesler is the Detroit response to Rabbi Small.”
—Los Angeles Times
“As Kienzle addresses serious modern issues, he stops to digress and tell his wonderful stories . . . providing a neat solution with a twist.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“There are few authors whose books a reader anticipates from the moment he finishes the last effort. . . . Add William X. Kienzle to that list.”
—Dallas Times Herald
“As regular as the solstice, the former priest annually provides a new Catholic whodunit from Detroit, inviting readers to shut out the rest of the world and spend a few absorbing hours watching his venerable alter ego, Koesler, peel back the layers of a puzzle to plumb the tortured depths of the human soul and elegantly solve a mystery.”
“One of America’s foremost mystery writers . . . [His] characters bring to mind the early novels of Graham Greene.”
Way back in the 1940s, they had all been young together. Inseparable pals Mike and Manny, both preparing for the priesthood . . . Mike?s beautiful twin sister, Rose, and her best friend Alice, sharing a dream of becoming nuns . . . shy altar boy Stanley and everybody?s good friend, Bob Koesler, also headed for the priesthood. Six Detroit adolescents moving step by measured step into the bosom of the church. Or so they believed.
Now, more than fifty years later, one of the six has died a sudden, violent death, and Father Bob Koesler?these days a retired parish priest?is sadly suspicious that someone in this tiny band of lifelong friends may be responsible. But who and why? Before long, Koesler has reason to believe he knows the shocking answer. . . .
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Book Description Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0740722298
Book Description Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0740722298
Book Description Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110740722298