History professor Molly Rafferty investigates the murder of her mentor, an eyewitness to an act of genocide in the Ukraine during the Second World War, who was murdered shortly after films of the massacre were recovered from Eastern Europe.
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Boston's aged, world-renowned scholar Caleb Tuttle has been poisoned, seemingly at his own table. History professor Molly Rafferty, his one-time student, and her fianc‚, homicide detective Nick Hannibal (The Lace Curtain Murders, 1986, etc.), want to find his killer. Tuttle had been urging the extradition of ‚migr‚ priest Father Paul to now-independent Ukraine to be tried for war crimes, on the strength of newly recovered evidence. Meanwhile, conservative, pompous columnist Ignatius Healy has ardently defended the priest. And Tuttle's Ukrainian-born housekeeper is troubled too by the disappearance of her wayward nephew Charlie. Molly seizes the chance to attend a conference in Krakow at which Healy and several of Tuttle's recent guests will be present. Before it's over, Healy is dead, bizarrely; the ambiguities in Father Paul's case are resolved; and Tuttle's murderer is known. Literate style, exotic locale, au courant politics, and flashes of wit should make an exciting story. It doesn't happen- -suspense is in short supply; the chatty characters fail to fascinate; the whole is never as arresting as the odd vignette. Worth reading for its unusual plot and setting but, unfortunately, a bit of a slog. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Although promising an unusual murder mystery, Belfort's third tale (after The Marvell College Murders ) quickly disintegrates into a history lesson/travelogue and confusing suspense. Marvell College professor Caleb Tuttle was the only American in the Eastern European town of Zborodny during the 1942 mass murder of Jews led by a man alleged now to be Father Paul, a priest in America whom the Ukrainians want to extradite and try for war crimes. After entertaining a group of Ukrainians and Father Paul's protege, right-wing columnist Ignatius Healey, Tuttle is poisoned before he can comment on Father Paul's part in the murders. Boston homicide detective Nick Hannibal is given the murder case while his fiancee, Molly Rafferty, once a student of Tuttle's, attends a scholarly conference in Krakow, only a few mies from the incident. Oddly enough, most of the suspects in the killing of Tuttle assemble at the conference site, where Healey is murdered. The tenuous plot and stilted dialogue will discourage even readers interested in Ukrainian politics.
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Book Description Donald I. Fine, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111556112920