Obit

Obit

A Mystery

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Monty, a lawyer who has cleared Father Brennan of murder charges, will again help his friend when Brennan's father's life is threatened at a wedding they attend for a family member.

Perseus Publishing
Declan Burke fled Ireland forty years ago and never looked back. Now settled in New York, he thinks he’s put the old country behind him, until he reads the obituary of one Cathal Murphy. The obituary, he sees at once, is not about Murphy at all. It is a coded indictment of Burke’s own life. And an announcement of his impending death. Halifax lawyer Monty Collins investigates the obit with its allusions to Burke’s IRA past. Collins gets no help from Burke, who ? good soldier to the end ? keeps the silence of the grave.

But Burke’s denial becomes harder to maintain following a burst of gunfire at a family wedding. The shooting brings another old soldier onto the field: Leo Killeen, the commanding officer of Burke’s former battalion in Dublin. But he also has secrets to protect. When a body is found in a rundown Brooklyn flat, Collins wonders just how far Killeen will go to keep those secrets under wraps.

From the farms of Ireland to the tenements of New York City, Monty is confronted by a cast of enigmatic characters, including the owner of a nightclub frequented by the New York mob; a sultry chanteuse; and Burke’s hotheaded son Francis, whose resentment and dubious activities set the family on a road to destruction. Monty isn’t the only one who is surprised when he reaches the end of the road. Burke too must now confront the suspicion that he has been manipulated all along by an unseen hand.


Independent Publishing Group
Long ago, Declan Burke fled Ireland in the dark of night, started a new life in New York City, and has never looked back?until one morning he picks up the newspaper and reads the obituary of one Cathal Murphy. He sees at once that the obituary is not about Murphy at all, but is instead a coded summary of his own life and probably a thinly veiled death threat. After turning to an attorney for advice, Declan decides not to reveal his IRA past, but keeping old secrets becomes much more difficult after a burst of gunfire at a family wedding and the appearance of Leo Killeen, the commanding officer of Declan’s former battalion in Dublin. The subsequent discovery of a body in a rundown Brooklyn flat brings other enigmatic characters onto the scene, including a woman nursing a grudge; a shady importer of Irish artifacts; the owner of a nightclub frequented by the New York mob; a sultry chanteuse; and Declan’s hot-headed son Francis, whose resentment and criminal activities force Declan, the past master of self-control, to confront the suspicion that he has been manipulated all along by an unseen hand.


Blackwell North Amer
Halifax lawyer Monty Collins and the Irish-American priest Father Brennan Burke first crossed paths when Burke was charged with the murder of two young women. Against the odds, Monty successfully defended his client, tracked down the real killer, and found a true friend in Father Burke - all in a day's work for Montague Collins, barrister, solicitor, bluesman and perpetual suitor to his estranged wife, Maura.
Monty deserves a holiday, so he jumps at the chance to take Maura and the kids on a trip to New York City with Father Burke. Monty hopes the excursion will rekindle the flames of marital passion. For Burke, the trip is a return home to officiate at a family wedding, but more importantly a chance to explore his own father's past.
Declan Burke fled Ireland forty years ago for New York and never looked back. He thought his past was buried in the old country for good, until he reads the obituary of one Cathal Murphy. The obituary, he understands at once, is a coded indictment of Declan's own life and an announcement of his impending death.
A burst of gunfire at the family wedding underscores the veiled threat in the obituary, and puts Monty's romantic ambitions on hold. But he and Maura put their differences aside to probe the insinuations in the obit, namely the allusions to Declan's IRA past. The investigation, however, is hampered by Declan who - good soldier to the end - maintains the silence of the grave.

Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781550227543
1550227548
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY EME
Characteristics: 306 p. ;,24 cm.

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vdonoghuepmpl Sep 06, 2012

Very enjoyable, a page turner, can't wait to read all the others,

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blossom21
Jun 17, 2010

A well thought out story. It is about complex and interesting people.

The author won the Ellis Award for first novel in 2007.

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