Chameleon

William X. Kienzle, Author Andrews McMeel Publishing $16.95 (289p) ISBN 978-0-8362-6127-1
Father Robert Koesler, Detroit's Catholic priest and amateur sleuth, returns in Kienzle's latest snappy mystery. When a prostitute wearing a nun's habit is shot to death, it seems the intended victim may have been the dead woman's sister, who is in fact a nun. When a church finance officer who wants to shut down inner-city parish schools is murdered, homicide cop Alonzo Tully wonders if a serial killer is on the loose or is someone targeting members of the Detroit archdiocese? Suspicion centers on a married ex-priest eager to return to active ministry, and on a postal clerk, leader of an ultra-conservative grop that wants to ``get the Church back on track.'' Tully, of course, leans on Father Koesler for churchly insights that will help crack the case. While the improbable ending is a letdown, earlier suspense, witty characterizations and candid exploration of the Church's inner workings make this a winner. Kienzle wrote The Rosary Murders. Mystery Guild selection. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Library Binding - 484 pages - 978-1-56054-194-3
Paperback - 484 pages - 978-1-56054-976-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 332 pages - 978-0-345-36621-4
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