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Happy Are the Meek [Mass Market Paperback]

Andrew M. Greeley


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books Inc (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446327069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446327060
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inheritance of the Meek July 6 2012
By W. Easley - Published on Amazon.com
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An abusive man is found dead in his study one night. Three sophisticated locks are firmly in place and the single key for those locked doors is in the pocket of the deceased. All windows are permanently sealed. Who killed Wolfe Quinlan and how did they accomplish the murder without being caught in the locked room?

So begins Andrew Greeley's first "Blackie novel." Monsignor John Blackwood Ryan, who prefers to be called "Blackie", is Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Blackie has a talent for solving complicated crimes - as a sideline from his ministry - and often at the request of his boss Sean Cardinal Cronin, Archbishop of the Chicago Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

This mystery is a tough one - a man killed in a locked room and many people with motives. There is an abused wife and children and maltreated employees. In addition, the victim was involved in a radical sect that sought to claim all his worldly goods.

Happy are the Meek is a bit too violent for me. The story also lacks focus. It details too much of the activities and feelings of too many characters. Greeley expects us to understand a man with an insane wife and an abused family. In addition we need to appreciate adultery, teenaged rebellion, and even a wayward priest who becomes a satin worshiper with a cult. The author switches voice often, using first person narration to picture varied characters whose comments range from harsh criticism of another to extreme self-deception. Instead of each "witness" telling his/her own story, it might read more smoothly for Blackie to interview them.

Despite these flaws, I recommend this novel. It acquaints us with a strong character, Blackie, a priest who focuses on calming and forgiving people. He sees a God who loves the humans he created, one who expects humans to be human. It's a good start for the first novel in a series.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 28 2014
By Diogenes - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the 'Bishop at the University" and thoroughly enjoyed it. If I'd read this early effort FIRST I would not read any more of the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series of books! May 31 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Father/Bishop Blackie's style. I found him through later books and returned to read the "Happy are the..." books. Greeley never misses a chance to expound upon his religious views, with which I either agree or can live with, and hammers to hard on the political for my taste, always putting those of a different political tendency in the ignorant/incompetent/intolerant camp, but he never puts that stuff in the way of the story. These views just flesh out the characters. And the characters are fun, can be empathized with, and in spite of comparisons made with other fictional detectives, seem to be unique personalities, albeit with mixtures of other well-know characters as part of those personalities. I wish these were on Kindle. Greeley is one of those whose works I re-read periodically, skipping some parts at times, but enjoying other parts again and again..
4.0 out of 5 stars Greeley book May 7 2014
By Sandy Richter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was in good shape for a book of this publishing date. It met my expectations. I will continue to order my books to fill my collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointed April 2 2014
By Robert C. Demark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
the condition of this book was as stated. I am obtaining all of his fiction. After reading it I was a little disappointed. It is not a happy book. So unlike his other books. This seems to be one of his first ones. I still will keep it and add it to my collection.

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