Triple Pursuit

Father Dowling Mysteries

Book 20
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In the latest installment of Ralph McInerny's beloved series, Father Dowling is caught in the middle of a dispute between former radio celebrity Jack Gallagher and Austin Rooney over one woman's affections.

Meanwhile, Jack is the prime suspect in the death of another woman, Agatha Rossner, a lawyer better known as a seductress than a litigator. The Fox River police once again must turn to Father Dowling for help in sorting out this intricate tale of murderous affairs.

"The indefatigable Father Roger Dowling solves another mystery steeped in human drama and spiritual significance. ... Father Dowling has a down-to-earth demeanor that will appeal, as always, to a variety of readers who enjoy mysteries with a religious twist. - Booklist

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Ralph McInerny is the author of over thirty books, including the popular mystery series set at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught for over forty years and is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He has been awarded the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award and lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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Minotaur Books
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Published on
Apr 23, 2001
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781429977807
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
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