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A Beer at a Bawdy House (Wild Onion Ltd. Mysteries) Hardcover – January 15, 2000

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Book 2 of 6 in the Wild Onion Ltd. Series

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After their debut in A Ticket to Die For, the Chicago-based husband-and-wife team of Dugan, who's a lawyer, and Kirsten, who's a PI, are back for another case, and a corker it is. Bishop Peter Keegan has been receiving disturbing messages and strange phone calls from a stranger threatening to reveal a painfully embarrassing incident in the clergyman's past, one that could cost him his position if it were made public. The bishop suspects that the person behind this campaign of terror is none other than his half-brother, Walter Keegan, who's the acting chief of detectives of the Organized Crime Division in the CPD. Kirsten has reasons to be leery of working on a case involving Walter Keegan, for she blames him for the death of her father, a Chicago cop. But despite this ominous history, or perhaps because of it, Kirsten takes the case. The question is, what does anyone have to gain from harassing the bishop? What can he possibly have that someone wants? With the help of Dugan, Kirsten digs into the case, finding it even more convoluted than she expected. The trail seems to lead to an antigovernment extremist group with its own peculiar agenda, but just when everything seems cut-and-dried, up comes a stunning twist. Judging from this book and its predecessor, the Edgar-nominated author has created a second compelling and enjoyable series (he also writes the Malachy Foley mysteries), with well-drawn characters, serpentine plots and atmospheric settings. Agent, Jane Jordan Browne. (Jan.)
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A Chicago bishop hires investigative husband-and-wife team Kirsten and Dugan to discover the identity of a possible blackmailer. Even the bishop's estranged brother, a police chief, comes under scrutiny. Exciting second volume in a a much-praised new series (A Ticket To Die For).
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Product Details

  • Series: Wild Onion Ltd. Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312252420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312252427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,001,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dealing with the devil means you must dance to his tune. However, when the individuals involved in the malevolent tango consists of a Chicago Bishop and his brother, the police department Organized Crime Division acting chief of detectives, one hardly suspects evil. Bishop Peter Keegan believes his half-brother Walter is nothing less than Satan personified. When Peter begins to receive blackmail threats involving an incident in his past as well as getting the sensation that someone is stalking him, the bishop feels Walter is involved.

Due to his sensitive position, Peter knows he cannot turn to the police. He has no idea what Walter wants, but figures his sibling will tell him when he is ready to do so. Instead of waiting and fretting, Peter hires Wild Onions, a private detective security firm to help him. The owners Kirsten and Dugan agree to take the Bishop on as a client even as they quickly understand that any dealing involving Walter is a struggle to survive.

A BEER AT A BAWDY HOUSE rotates the narration among three different players (Dugan, Kirsten, and Peter). The technique works very well as David J. Walker makes the three characters feel so genuine. Dugan and Kirsten will remind readers of "Hart to Hart." The flawed Bishop has insecurities that turn him into a human being. The mystery is well-designed and special.

Harriet Klausner
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