Second Burial for a Black Prince

Andrew Nugent

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Sergeant Molly Power is on duty when the call comes in. A young African man has been attacked and left for dead in the countryside. His leg was amputated, but he managed to get to the house of a farmer, although he’ll die in the hospital later that night from massive blood loss.       
The nature of the murder is puzzling. The mortician concludes that the leg was removed by a professional, under anesthetic, which makes it unlikely that the amputation was an act of racism. However, the postoperative treatment was sloppy and could have been done better by a Boy Scout.
The dead man was a young African immigrant called Shad who owned a restaurant in the “Little Africa” neighborhood of Dublin. He was loved by all who knew him, especially by his younger brother, Jude. As Irish police officers Molly Power, Jim Quilligan, and Denis Lennon make their investigations, Jude and a young orphan boy, Pita, do their own work to bring Shad’s killer to justice. 
Andrew Nugent spent several years as a missionary on the “dark continent,” in which he developed an understanding and admiration for the people of Africa. He brings that insight, as well as his delightful Irish humor, to an intriguing crime novel that trumpets the shared humanity among very different and sometimes clashing cultures.
 

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Chapter One

Click! On, the front porch security light. Click! Open, the distrustful eye of Mary Murtagh upstairs in her bed.

“Jack, wake up, Jack, will you? There is somebody down at the door.”

The doorbell rang, making an honest woman of her.

“Jack!”

“Sweet Jesus, Mary, what time is it?”

“Ten after two.”

Another hawk of the bell, like a whiskey cough in the night.

“Get up, Jack, in the name of God!”

“I’ll do anything within reason, ma’am, but I won’t get up out of this bed.”

She dumped herself heavily onto the floor.

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Andrew Nugent

Andrew Nugent, currently Prior of a Benedictine Abbey, has been a trial lawyer, the headmaster of a prestigious boys’ school, and a missionary in Africa. He says he is more accustomed to writing spiritual theology than murder mysteries. “But,” he adds mysteriously, “they are really the same thing.” He lives in Limerick, Ireland. 

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Second Burial for a Black Prince
Andrew Nugent

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312327613
ISBN10: 0312327617
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$23.95

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Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429907422
ISBN10: 1429907428
240 pages
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