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The Devil's Card

By (author) Mary Maher
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Mount Eagle Publications Ltd, Dingle, Ireland
Imprint: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
Published: 31st Mar 1992
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm
ISBN-10: 0863221300
ISBN-13: 9780863221309
Barcode No: 9780863221309

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A fictionalized review of a celebrated 1889 Chicago case: the disappearance and murder of Dr. Patrick Cronin. The details are grimly dramatic - a naked corpse, wearing only a scapular, found in a Lakeview storm-drain; a bloody trunk that may have held the corpse; a blood-drenched cabin that may have been the scene of the crime; and the victim's crusade against the nationalistic Irish secret society Clan na Gael. But first-novelist Maher's fictional point-of-view - fledgling reporter Tom Martin, assigned to the case because of his Irish connections - keeps everything soft-focused, distanced, meditative. More successful, then, as a sensitive, though slow-moving, historical reconstruction of ethnic tensions among the Chicago Irish than as a puzzle or thriller. (Kirkus Reviews)