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Savings and loam : an Andrew Broom mystery
McInerny, Ralph, 1929-2010.
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New York : Atheneum, 1990.
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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.

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Booklist Review

Although McInerny is perhaps better known for his Father Dowling mysteries, his Andrew Broom series, of which this is the third, is also quite popular. Small-town Indiana lawyer Broom's friendship with a local real estate broker involves him in a tangled affair when the new owner of a formerly vacant farm house is found shot to death by an M1 rifle. Could the history of the last owner of the farm--a German American who left town abruptly in the early 1940s--have anything to do with the murder? And why would someone steal Andrew's BMW from the scene of the crime? McInerny always lets the reader know what's happening from the murderer's and the pursuers' points of view, but he keeps you tantalized with the uncertainty of how things will come together. Readers familiar only with Father Dowling should give Broom a try. --Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

The third adventure of Andrew Broom displays the inventiveness and wit that draws fans to McInerny's Father Dowling mysteries and his many other novels. In Broom's rural Indiana town, a stranger known to the reader as Gunther kills the owner of a farm and gets clean away--he thinks. But the crime was witnessed by Leroy White, a middle-aged family dropout wandering with his young lover, Marilys. Leroy's plan to blackmail the killer leads to tragic consequences. Several people die as Gunther pursues his mad goal of possessing the farm, for reasons Broom eventually discovers. The shocks culminate unpredictably in this decidedly different drama in which odd couple Leroy and Marilys are poignant symbols of flower children and their vanished fragile world. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved