Sunday, August 6, 2000
Here's a look at recent hardcover novels of mystery and suspense.
"Listen to the Silence"
by Marcia Muller
No. 21 in the series about San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone begins with the unexpected death of her father. When McCone goes through his papers, she is shocked to find documents indicating she was adopted. Her search for the truth about her past takes her to a remote area of northern California, where she becomes involved in a struggle between Indians trying to protect their sacred lands and a powerful resort developer.
"The Bishop and the Missing L Train"
by Andrew M. Greeley
When Bishop Gus Quill disappears on Chicago's L train, it's a bit hard to pick up his tracks.
That's because the train has disappeared, too.
Quill's vanishing act provides another case for Bishop John Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan, who is also a part-time detective, in Andrew M. Greeley's "The Bishop and the Missing L Train." The Vatican has assigned Quill to the Archdiocese of Chicago, despite the protests of Ryan and his boss, Archbishop Sean Cronin. Although Quill thinks he is in line to replace Cronin, the Church's plan was to get the incompetent bishop as far from Rome as possible. Quill vanishes soon after his arrival, and the task of finding him falls to Ryan, who quickly learns that Quill had many enemies.
"Murder in Foggy Bottom"
by Margaret Truman
The latest "Capital Crimes" mystery begins with the discovery of a well-dressed corpse in a park near Washington's Foggy Bottom, the swamp that became the site of the State Department building. Then things get serious, as terrorist missiles bring down three U.S. airliners. Among the players: Max Pauling, a smart, longtime counter-terrorist agent; a State Department analyst attracted to undercover agents; a militia leader in Idaho who is reckless with his followers' lives; and a baseball-crazed secretary of state.