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The bishop at sea : a Blackie Ryan mystery
Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-2013.
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2000.

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407 pages ; 23 cm
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Bishop Blackie Ryan is feeling more than a bit out of place on the USS Langley, an aircraft carrier on duty hundreds of miles from the nearest dry land. But the ship is in trouble -- several of her crew have disappeared without explanation, and one dead officer has seemingly reappeared. The captain has a major problem on his hands. And the captain happens to be a relative of Blackie's boss, Cardinal Cronin. So Blackie, troubleshooter and problem solver, has been dispatched to the Langley, where he soon finds a mystery as deep -- and dangerous -- as the ocean around them ...

Author Notes

Roman Catholic priest Andrew M. Greeley was the author of more than 100 non-fiction works of theology, sociology, prayer, and poetry; a professor of sociology; a newspaper columnist; and a successful novelist, writing in several genres, including mystery and science fiction. He was born on February 5, 1928 and was a native of Chicago. Greeley studied at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and earned an AB from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in 1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1952, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1954. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in 1961 and a Ph D in 1962.

Greeley's fiction, which often told stories of crime and scandal in the Roman Catholic church, can be violent and lurid and are considered controversial by many Church leaders. Greeley wrote on such issues as homosexuality in the clergy, pedophilia, and papal politics, and he created the popular mystery series starring Father Blackie Ryan, as well as another featuring the character Nuala McGrail.

Greeley was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Arizona, Bard College (New York State) and the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 1981, he received the F. Sadlier Dinger Award, which is presented each year by educational publisher William H. Sadlier, Inc. in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the ministry of religious education in America.

Greeley died on May 29, 2013 at his Chicago home. He was 85. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Weird things are happening on the Langley, a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier commanded by Cardinal Sean Chronin's cousin. A ghost seems to haunt the claustrophobic vastness of the ship. Buoyed by anti-seasick medicine, Greeley's hero, Bishop Blackie Ryan, braves the waters near San Diego to find the ship a roiling mass of integrated sexes, where the ratio of 1000 women to 6000 men is bound to have unhappy consequences. Greeley has strong opinions about how the current Navy should adapt to changing times‘ditto the Catholic Church. Blackie goes overboard, by turns maudlin and mawkish, for three Irish goddess-protagonists, enabling the literate and erudite Father Greeley to include ancient mythology in his Bishop's latest adventure. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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