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A beer at a bawdy house
Walker, David J., 1939-
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, [2000]

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307 pages ; 22 cm
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The first book in Walker's Wild Onion series, A Ticket to Die For , has collected rave reviews for its rich plotting, intense characters, and breathtaking suspense. Now in the second installment, the husband-and-wife investigative team is hired by Chicago Bishop Peter Keegan to look into disturbing messages he's received threatening to reveal a dark secret in his past. Kirsten and Dugan are quickly caught up in the whirlwind of danger surrounding the bishop and his estranged police chief brother, who may be more than a bystander in Peter's troubles. Once again, Edgar Award nominee Walker delivers a crafty tale of murder and intrigue in which even the innocent have secrets to hide and even the just can't be kept safe.

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Booklist Review

Catholic bishop Peter Keegan fears his half brother Walter, a renegade Chicago cop, is following him. He hires Kirstin of the Wild Onion Detective Agency to protect him, but he is less than forthcoming about the nature of the threat. It may have something to do, Kirstin discovers, with the fact that the bishop was once chastised for frequenting a bawdy house. The case accelerates toward a conclusion when the half brother is seriously wounded by a would-be assassin while awaiting a meet with Peter. Walker is a Chicago attorney and former priest, so he shares an insider's knowledge of Chicago politics, priestly maneuverings, and streetwise cops. Kirstin and husband Dugan, a lawyer who helps out with his wife's investigations, are a Windy City Nick and Nora Charles, complete with civilized, witty banter that often centers around disparate tastes in food. The plot is clever, and the conclusion emotionally satisfying. This is the second entry in what promises to be a long-running, intelligent series. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.