Bishop Blackie has no desire to leave the friendly confines of his Chicago neighborhood to traipse around Paris searching for Fr're Jean-Claude, a popular priest who has inexplicably vanished while filming a television show. But when his Archbishop boss says, "See to it," Blackie can hardly refuse. As he sifts through a pile of suspects that includes everyone from church leaders to television executives, Blackie begins to wonder whether the reason no one can find Jean-Claude is because Jean-Claude doesn't want to be found.
George Guidall's entertaining narration perfectly captures the sharp wit and worldly wisdom of Bishop Blackie as he puzzles his way through this beguiling mystery.
©2001 Andrew M. Greeley; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC.
Narrative makes the world go round.
Bishop Blackie is back with his usual gentle humour and Catholic milieu but with a more interesting than usual setting (Paris) and a more predictable than usual mystery. But I don't download Greeley for edge-of-seat action and suspense, just for an relaxing airport or waiting room listen, one without vivid violence or sex, written well enough to hold attention (but not riveting enough to miss a flight call). This novel suited that purpose. Excellent narration makes up for the pedestrian pace. I give it an extra star for Greeley's acknowledgement of the feminine face of God and the charming creation tale tacked on the end.
There are legitimate criticism to be made of Greeley's fiction -- especially that it can, at times, be overly simplistic -- but for me that's one of his charms. He deals with what are in many ways quite sophisticated theological concepts, but he just focuses on what matters, places them in everyday contexts that non-theologians can relate to, and in so doing communicates deep truths. I just wish more of his unabridged Blackie Ryan stories were available on Audible (c'mon Audible -- step it up!). ;)
As usual Mr Guidall is excellent and kept me listening to this book longer then I probably would have if another narrator was doing this book.
I found disappointment to be the main "spark" -- the answer to the "mystery" was so very anticlimatic.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
Take time to enjoy this story. Bishop Blackie tells a good story. I have listened to this a couple of times.
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