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The search committee
McInerny, Ralph, 1929-2010.
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New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Collier Macmillan Canada ; New Yoprk : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1991.
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243 pages ; 22 cm
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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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Publisher's Weekly Review

The Fort Elbow campus of the University of Ohio is in an uproar. Chancellor Herbert Laplace, a champion of MADD, has been picked up for drunk driving after speeding away from a massage parlor. Although state senator Rod Bellini had appointed the school's chancellors in the past, the faculty appoints a search committee to name an appropriate successor to Laplace. After Bellini announces his choice without consulting the committee, the candidate is found in his car--poisoned. Soon afterward, the alternate candidate also is poisoned. It seems the job of chancellor is plagued; who would want the office now? More unsettling for the academics is the question of who killed the candidates. With the skill of an updated P. G. Wodehouse, McInerny makes the internal machinations of those involved in university life mirror the antics of today's crooked politicians. Professor Matthew Rogerson, who enlivened previous mysteries ( Jolly Rogerson ) plays only a peripheral role here, although his ironic, intelligent presence is welcome. Mystery fans looking for a suspenseful plot will be disappointed, but those acquainted with academia will be amused by McInerny's wicked insights into what really goes on beneath the gowns and mortarboards. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved