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Heirs and parents
McInerny, Ralph, 1929-2010.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000.
Physical Description:
232 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Grand Island Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Kenmore Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Lackawanna Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Orchard Park Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Heirs and Parents is the sixth title in Ralph McInerny's delightful series of mystery novels featuring smalltown midwestern lawyer Andrew Broom and his irascible local rival Frank McGough.Set in the town of Wyler, Indiana, Heirs and Parents begins with a car found in the Resurrection section of Overlook Cemetery. Inside the car is the body of a once-beautiful young woman, Helga Bjornsen, a college student who had been working as a summer intern in Andrew Broom's law office.Helga had several admirers, any one of whom might have had a motive to murder her, and the police begin investigating. But soon Andrew is caught up in his own crisis-for a local millionaire's will brings Andrew into combat with his rival Frank McGough, and when heirs to the will begin multiplying, the two attorneys find themselves in the middle of a dangerous plot to control a fortune.

Author Notes

Ralph McInerny was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 24, 1929. He served in the Marine Corps in the late 1940s. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Paul Seminary in 1951, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1952 and a doctorate in philosophy from Laval University in Quebec in 1954. He was a member of the University of Notre Dame faculty from 1955 until 2009. He gained international renown as a scholar, author and lecturer who specialized in the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. During his academic career, he was the Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies and director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame. He is founder and publisher of Catholic Dossier magazine and co-founder of Crisis magazine.

His philosophical works include Aquinas on Human Action, The Question of Christian Ethics, and Aquinas and Analogy. His novels include the Father Dowling Mystery series, an Andrew Broom Mystery series, and the Sister Mary Teresa Mystery series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry Austin, Matthew FitzRalph, Ernan Mackey, Edward Mackin, and Monica Quill. He died on January 29, 2010 at the age of 80.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

McInerny is known mainly for his Father Dowling series, but he is also the author of six novels starring Andrew Broom, a lawyer in the small northern Indiana city of Wyler (a thinly disguised version of the author's hometown of South Bend). This latest in the series, which offers a decidedly American take on the British village mystery, starts off with the murder of Helga Bjornsen, a lovely college student and Andrew's summer intern. Broom learns that Helga was the victim of a nude-modeling scam: her image appears on pornographic Web sites and e-mails sent to male students. Meanwhile, Andrew is defending the wife of a recently deceased philanthropist, who is challenging her husband's will. When it turns out that the philanthropist was Helga's father, the two cases come together in startling fashion. McInerny tells a compelling story. He's particularly good at depicting the various socioeconomic strata of America's smaller cities. A well-plotted and fast-paced entry in a charming series. --Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

The creator of Father Dowling returns to the small town of Wyler, Ind., for the sixth in his series of pleasantly low-key tales (Body and Soil, Savings and Loam, etc.) featuring lawyer Andrew Broom. When beautiful blonde college student Helga Bjornsen is discovered with her throat slit in a car in Overlook Cemetery, suspicion falls on faded high school football star and ladies' man Will Foley, the cemetery's groundskeeper. The previous summer, Will couldn't keep his eyes off Helga, whom he'd hired to help tend the grounds. Soon after the murder investigation gets underway, the folk of Wyler gather to mourn wealthy benefactor Stanley Waggoner, who'd been deranged during the last five years of his life. At his funeral a mysterious young woman, clad in black, says she's the old man's widow. Various other parties have claims on the Waggoner estate, represented by the wily Frank McGough, Broom's nemesis. When it appears that Waggoner's heirs are dying in odd circumstances, Broom and his nephew, Gerald Rowan, go into action and eventually root out the truth behind Helga's murder. Though he provides little suspense (seasoned mystery readers won't be misled by a lame red herring), McInerny nevertheless spins an enjoyable yarn of smalltown murder, in which the least likely suspect (who literally comes out of left field) turns out to be the killer. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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