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From Publishers Weekly

Greeley kicks off a new mystery series with this slick, if far-fetched, entry revolving around a hidden fortune in gold and the real-life, still unsolved, question of who killed Free Irish leader Michael Collins in 1922. Dermot Coyne, a 24-year-old American and sometime commodities trader, is in Dublin looking desultorily into why his maternal grandparents fled Ireland in 1922. An attack by three thugs aimed at getting Dermot to "let the dead sleep in peace" only inspires him to start digging in earnest-and, eventually, to uncover a cabal plotting the reunion of England and Ireland. Dermot shares his sleuthing with Nuala McGrail, a ravishing Trinity College student, singer and actress whom he hires to translate the Irish diaries his grandmother kept during the Troubles of 1919-1922. A typically hot-blooded Greeley hero, Dermot waxes ecstatic about Nuala's physique even while struggling to control his lust, which is never satisfied here-though promised sequels to this entertaining novel, including Irish Lace and Irish Linen, should give Dermot and Nuala further chances at romance, as well as at mystery. BOMC dual main selection; major ad/promo.
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On a benign quest, Dermot Michael Coyne travels to Dublin to investigate his grandparents' mysterious flight from Ireland to Chicago during the time of the "Troubles" in 1922. His initial foray produces life-threatening warnings intended to discourage him from delving into Liam and Nell O'Riada's past. In a local pub, Dermot reflects upon the horrifying prospect that Liam might have been a terrorist. Later, he is dazzled by the presence of a "Celtic goddess," Nuala McGrail. Thus begins Dermot and Nuala's passionate relationship. As translator of Nell's Irish diary chronicling the Troubles, Nuala subtly guides Dermot as he untangles a nefarious web of murder and intrigue. With a promise to continue the saga of Dermot and Nuala, priest and prolific novelist Greeley serves up piquant characters who are engulfed in delightful Irish mystery. Recommended for popular fiction collections.
--Mary Ellen Elsbernd, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
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Product Details

  • Series: Nuala Anne McGrail Novels (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 493 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550764
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Chicago, Father Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women, religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the Chicago Sun Times and many other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was my first contact with the author Father Andrew M. Greeley and that's the only reason I put a 9 and not a10. I was amazed by his vividness and skill the clarity and effectiveness of his prose. There are no romantic cliches here, only real emotions of everyday people. I will surely read more of your books Father Andrew M. Greeley.
Being a Greek I can't say that I have so much knowledge of the Irish History. I am certainly intrigued to learn much more. This is the accomplishment of the author that I value most. His book being very much entertaining, it goes beyond entertainment. It gives information, it analyses a point of view, an aspect about what happened in a certain occasion that remains one of the mysteries of modern history.
God Bless You Father and May Keep You Well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
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This is the first book of an on going series by Andrew Greeley. The main characters are Dermot Coyne, a lucky man who by a mistake made his fortune on Wall Street, and Nuala Anne a mystical Irish woman who is attending school at Trinity College in Dublin when they meet.The two become embroiled in a assasination plot which occured 80 years ago. The story unfolds as the pair travel over Ireland to search for clues to figure out who really assisinated Michael Collins. Tidbits of Irish history and culture are added along with Dermot's Chicago culture to create a story that makes you wonder what really happened. The best part is Nuala's accent and the hints of more to come in future books. I really enjoyed this book because the plot is carried by a murder mystery 80 years old. I also enjoyed the romantic undertones. Nuala and Dermot act like two normal people physically attracted and yet the there are no scenes that are graphic or in poor taste. This was the first book of Andrew Greeley's that I read and since then I have read many more of his books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura Q. Savage on August 2, 1999
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I have been a fan of Andrew Greeley for a long time--my first introduction was "White Smoke." This book eclipses that fine tale. The good Father is a skilled story-teller and a sensualist to boot! His weaving of history along with the modern love story between Nuala and Dermot was delightful. I didn't want to put it down. It also offers a plausible explanation for Mick Collins' death. In addition, it brought back fond memories of my travels in Ireland to find my family roots. Turn off the t.v., get a good drink, a comfortable chair, and prepare to enjoy yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tegan@ustanne.ednet.ns.ca on January 5, 1998
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Once again, Andrew Greeley has given his readers a sample of his finest work. This story, peppered with perfectly magical imagery of the Irish countryside, succeeds in capturing the true romance of Irish history. Greeley succeeds magnificently in his attempt to link truth and fiction as he explores the mystery of the Michael Collins murder.
Follow Dermot Michael in his quest for the truth about his grandparents, and be swept away by the two parallel love stories which will leave any reader wishing the book would never end.
A truely magical tale, this book is a treasure for any reader who is a romantic at heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
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Andrew Greely sttikes gold with this wonderfully romantic mystery novel! Nuala is the most appealing character I've ever read! Dermot is real and awkward and full of life! The inner diologue is shockingly realistic. Both sexes will enjoy this one. Finally a romantic novel written from a male perspective that is well written and explores the sensitive, insecure side of men without sacrificing the rough-and-tumble! A great balance!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
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This is a non-stop read. I'd reccomend the book to anyone looking for a little romance, history, and mystery in an Irish setting. The author has uniquely captured the Irish and Irish-American cultural traits and interwoven it with an interesting history in attempting to solve some of the mystery of Michael Collin's assasign.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lisa ann on April 14, 2000
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It is a great love story and a bit of history one can learn a great deal from. I've fallen in love with the characters and history, and me being a"prod" at that! Thank you Andrew M. Greeley for a reprieve from my albeit, rewarding days of mothering. It is nice to read of such grand loving characters in my nights!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1997
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Andrew Greeley succeeds with the ultimate writer's challenge: a story within a story. His historical fiction is spiced with unrequitted love to sweeten the savory stew he's cooking up. Irish heritage comes alive in the romantic mystery that surrounds Ireland's equivalent to the Kennedy assasination.
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