The prudence of the flesh

by McInerny, Ralph, 1929-2010.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Bethel Park Public Library Mystery FIC McINERNY Ralph
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  FIC McINERNY Ralph
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC McINERNY
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC McINERNY
Gregory Barrett, a classmate of Father Dowling's, left the priesthood twenty-five years ago. Now, after all these years, a woman threatens to bring a multimillion-dollar suit against him, alleging he sexually exploited her when he was still a priest and she was sixteen. Barrett has no memory of her, but is devastated at what these claims will do to his career as a radio host and to his new family. So he comes to Father Dowling for advice. Father Dowling, a parish priest in Fox River, Illinois, as usual, serves as part counselor, part sounding board, and part moral compass for priests and parishioners alike---not to mention cops and lawyers---and offers help to both Barrett and his accuser.
  Before Barrett can decide what to do, and before the now-adult woman has made her demands known to the archdiocese, a body washes up on the shore of Lake Michigan, and Barrett becomes the primary suspect in the murder.
  Also in the mix in this astutely drawn mystery are a failed writer, a parish busybody, an inept lawyer, and an embittered young man, each with his or her own agenda, and it is up to Father Dowling to unravel the links between these people whose lives were separated long ago, only to reconnect in tragedy.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Catholic priest Father Dowling is back to solve his twenty-seventh mystery. Here he works behind the scenes to help clear a former classmate, Gregory Barrett, who has since left the priesthood, of the charge of sexually abusing a child. Barrett denies the charges, but the evidence mounts against him. The history of these types of abuse allegations--and the church's response to them--is woven throughout the story. Multiple points of view move the plot along, even with the somewhat detached writing style. As always, the frame of Catholicism and parish life add interest and authenticity to the novel. --Sue O'Brien Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In McInerny's tedious 25th Father Dowling mystery (after 2005's Blood Ties), the detective-cum-priest is stunned when his old classmate, Gregory Barrett, now a popular NPR personality, is accused of a decades-old sexual dalliance with a parishioner. Dowling can't believe that Barrett fathered Madeline Murphy's child, but he knows that even an unfounded accusation could destroy his friend. Into the mix add Ned Bunting, an irksome aspiring author who hopes to get famous by writing a book about clerical sexual scandals. When Bunting's body washes ashore on Lake Michigan, no one mourns. But who killed him? Was it Barrett, or some other priest, trying to squelch Bunting's expose? The book, though timely, is so heavy on dialogue that it reads almost like a screenplay. Too little attention to scene-setting and two-dimensional characters won't win the series new fans. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dowling, Father (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Clergy -- Fiction.
Catholics -- Fiction.
Ex-clergy -- Fiction.
Child sexual abuse by clergy -- Fiction.
Paternity -- Fiction.
Illinois -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Minotaur,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Father Dowling mystery."
Description 260 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0312351445
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