Irish Alibi

With the Fighting Irish set to square off against Georgia Tech, Roger Knight, the rotund professor of Catholic studies, and his brother Philip, a semi-retired P.I., know that Notre Dame fans will be out in force. The faithful swear that on game day the entire campus comes alive to cheer on the football team, and they don't have to look any further than Touchdown Jesus or Fair Catch Corby, a statue of a Civil War chaplain who seems to be signaling another pass completion, for proof, misguided as it may be.
But this year, this friendly and sometimes heated North-South rivalry turns downright hostile when Notre Dame's ties to the Union during the Civil War are dug up, and two students, brothers and Southern gentlemen, are spurred to defend their honor with a prank nearly 150 years after the fact. While they both admit to being the culprit, only one of them could've actually committed the vandalism. But which one? By stretching one alibi over two people, they may dodge expulsion. But then they become suspects in a seemingly unrelated murder case that the Knights must solve, or else getting thrown out will be the least of the boys' problems.
Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ralph McInerny's Irish Alibi is a great addition to this stellar series, in which the past, no matter how distant, is never forgotten and always poised to rise again.


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Chapter 1
The huge facade of the Hesburgh Library is visible to fans in the Notre Dame stadium, particularly those on the south end, and, of course, to the millions watching on television. On it, Christ the Teacher lifts his arms in a way that has led the irreverent to refer to Him as “Touchdown Jesus.” Foes of Notre Dame will not be convinced that this designation sprang up spontaneously and was nurtured and broadcast by perfervid sports commentators. Critics see in this yet another instance of a woeful mingling of the secular and sacred on the South Bend campus, with football elevated


Praise for Irish Alibi

Praise for Ralph McInerny
"Most readers will be converted to die-hard Notre Dame fans and possibly Catholicism."
---Kirkus Reviews on Irish Coffee
"Notre Dame and excellent mystery stories rejoice: Ralph McInerny's latest Knight brothers' tale is a gem."
---Rocky Mountain News on Irish Tenure
"From a master hand."
---Library Journal on Irish Coffee
"An absorbing mix of murder and morality."
---Entertainment Weekly on Heirs and Parents
"Entertaining . . . McInerny's book, and any in this series, certainly warrants a thumbs-up."
---San Antonio Express-News on Irish Coffee
"Mr. McInerny creates a pleasantly malicious microcosm for the antics that follow."
---The Wall Street Journal on Green Thumb

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  • Ralph McInerny

  • Ralph McInerny is the author of more than forty of books, including the popular Father Dowling mystery series, and has taught for over fifty years at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He has been awarded the Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award and was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.
  • Ralph McInerny Photo: Matt Cashore


Available Formats and Book Details

Irish Alibi

Roger and Philip Knight Mysteries Set at the Univ. of Notre Dame

Ralph McInerny

  • e-Book



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