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The Bishop in the West Wing


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Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including "The Archbishop in Andalusia," the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including "Irish Tweed," and "The Cardinal Virtues." He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the "Chicago Sun-Times" and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America "and "Commonweal," and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, "Confessions of a Parish Priest" and "Furthermore!"In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, "The Church in Society," at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.


Father Greeley's Chicago sleuth, Bishop Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan, is off to the White House in his latest adventure. Mysterious things begin happening in the White House as soon as Blackie's old friend Jack Patrick McGurn moves in as the new president. Dishes fly through the air, a portrait of George Washington keeps getting knocked to the floor, and contents of drawers are tossed about in disarray. This is the work of a poltergeist, Blackie decides, but while he tries to rid the house of the things that go bump in the night, the president is faced with a new and more dangerous situation: someone is out to kill him. Read by Paul Michael, this is one of Greeley's weakest mysteries-the poltergeist thing is just plain silly and should have been left at Hogwarts-but by now Greeley's fans will snap up anything he writes, and this book is a harmless amusement. Recommended for most public libraries.-Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

" Fun is the word for bestseller Greeley's latest, lively Bishop Blackie Ryan thriller." -- "Publishers Weekly"
" An entertaining romp through the West Wing." -- "Booklist"

"Fun is the word for bestseller Greeley's latest, lively Bishop Blackie Ryan thriller." -"Publishers Weekly"
"An entertaining romp through the West Wing." -"Booklist"

"Fun is the word for bestseller Greeley's latest, lively Bishop Blackie Ryan thriller." --"Publishers Weekly"
"An entertaining romp through the West Wing." --"Booklist"

Fun is the word for bestseller Greeley's latest, lively Bishop Blackie Ryan thriller. "Publishers Weekly" An entertaining romp through the West Wing. "Booklist""

Fun is the word for bestseller Greeley's latest, lively Bishop Blackie (aka Blackwell) Ryan thriller. It's not a whodunit, but a hoodoo-done-it, the mystery being Who's the hoodoo? A poltergeist is stalking the corridors of the White House, threatening to embarrass the president, who's already confronting a fiercely divided Congress, accusations of sexual harassment and the threat of civil war in China. The press has dubbed President John Patrick McGurn "Machine Gun McGurn" and accused him of being a tool of the Chicago Irish Mafia. The far right view him as no less than Satan himself, being an Irishman, a Catholic and a liberal Democrat. There are rumors (which are true) of conspiracies to discredit McGurn and plots (also true) to take his life. Blackie receives an invitation to the White House from the president, who's an old friend. His cardinal orders him to go: "I baptized him, I officiated at his marriage, and I baptized his kids. I said his wife's funeral mass. Now that he is also president... it is unfitting, offensive, and intolerable that he be haunted by ungodly spirits." Known for his psychic gifts, Blackie has nine possible candidates for the intrusive spirit, including the president's daughters. Most likely the poltergeist is a young, troubled woman in need of love. Greeley dedicates the book to Bill Clinton, an obvious model for McGurn. Republicans may grumble, but plenty of others will appreciate the well-drawn characters, swift action and logical resolution. (July 25) FYI: West Wing and its star, Martin Sheen, receive mention, along with a not unsubtle hint that Sheen would make a good Blackie Ryan. Greeley is also the author of Irish Stew! (Forecasts, Feb. 18) and other novels in the Nuala Anne McGrail series. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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