Eye of the Virgin, The: An Ike Schwartz Mystery (Ike Schwartz Series)

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On the same evening that a body is found in Picketsville’s urgent care clinic, a mysterious break-in occurs at the house of one of Callend University’s faculty. Both seem to be connected to an icon, The Virgin of Tenderness, in the faculty member’s possession. The fact that the body is that of the faculty member’s ex-wife’s lover who, more interestingly seems to have entered the country under an assumed name only complicates things for Sherriff Ike Schwartz. In the search for killers and thieves, what appears to be outdated spycraft, a microdot, is found on the icon. In an era of sophisticated cyber-encrypted information transfer, the presence of this bit of CIA nostalgia brings in Charlie Garland and the forces from Langley.

Ike has no wish to engage with them or their problems. He has killers to apprehend and sets out to do his job in spite of the meddling by government agencies. That the bit of spycraft is something more than old time microphotography and it carried information that implicates the involvement of Israel’s super secret Mossad only complicates an already messy set of problems. A dead CIA agent, a rogue handler, and a potential international incident are avoided outside the faculty member’s house as the good, the bad, and the ugly are neatly sorted and carted away. During the course of all this, Ruth’s mother arrives for an extended visit, Ike and Ruth are officially engaged, and the Sutherlins, Billy, Frank, and Essie, like Dilsey Gibson, endure.

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Dr. Frederick Ramsay was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois. After a stint in the Army, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. In 1971 he was ordained an Episcopal priest. He is the author of several scientific and general articles, tracts, theses, and co-author of The Baltimore Declaration. He is an accomplished public speaker and once hosted a television spot, Prognosis, on the evening news for WMAR-TV, Baltimore. He is also an iconographer with works displayed around the world. He lives in Surprise, Arizona with his wife and partner, Susan.

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Espionage hits Picketsville, Virginia, where crime generally involves domestic squabbles, speeding, or college students feeling their oats. A corpse left in a hospital waiting room and a break-in at the home of a visiting professor of iconography seem unrelated cases. But when Sheriff Ike Schwartz finds a microdot on the eye of the Virgin of Tenderness icon at the professor’s home, he contacts former CIA colleague Charlie Garland. Ike keeps tight control of the cases, which, of course, are related, even after he learns that the chip contains data on a decades-old international incident. As the situation draws the attention of the CIA, FBI, and Mossad, Ike and his deputy, Samantha Ryder, a skilled hacker, push the envelope and face serious charges. Meanwhile, Ike’s personal life takes a turn as he and Callend University President Ruth Harris cement their spiky but lusty relationship. The sixth in this series has Ramsay’s trademark folksy touch, a well-rounded cast of characters, and brisk and believable dialogue, this time with an international scope. Ike Schwartz’s outings just keep getting better. --Michele Leber

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