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Bishop Blackie Ryan

Bestselling novelist Andrew M. Greeley has captured the imagination of the mystery reading public with the improbable Bishop Blackie Ryan, who works for the aristocratic, haughty, sometimes arrogant but often slyly good humored Sean Cardinal Cronin, the Archbishop of Chicago. At the Cardinal’s charge—“See to it, Blackwood!”—Father Blackie travels the world solving mysteries related to the Roman Catholic Church.

Books in this Series

The Archbishop in Andalusia
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The Archbishop in Andalusia

Bishop Blackie Ryan (Volume 7)
Andrew M. Greeley
Tor/Forge

Blackie goes abroad--to prevent a murder!

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The Bishop at the Lake
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The Bishop at the Lake

Bishop Blackie Ryan (Volume 6)
Andrew M. Greeley
Tor/Forge

Matters of succession lead to attempted murder in the latest of Greeley's popular mysteries.

Archbishop Malachi Nolan has designs on the Diocese of Chicago despite the fact the Most Reverend...

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The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood
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The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood

Bishop Blackie Ryan (Volume 5)
Andrew M. Greeley
Tor/Forge

"Blackwood, there's trouble in the old neighborhood! Murder in the sanctuary of the Church!"

The church in question is St. Lucy's, a humble edifice at the heart of a venerable Chicago neighborhood...

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The Bishop Goes to the University
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The Bishop Goes to the University

Bishop Blackie Ryan (Volume 4)
Andrew M. Greeley
Tor/Forge

The irrepressible Bishop Blackwood Ryan returns as his Cardinal dispatches Blackie to The University on the South Side of Chicago to investigate a baffling locked-room mystery. Someone has assassinated...

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The Bishop in the West Wing
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The Bishop in the West Wing

Bishop Blackie Ryan (Volume 3)
Andrew M. Greeley
Tor/Forge

"See to it, Blackwood," says the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, and Blackie Ryan, the Cardinal's auxiliary bishop, doesn't exactly jump (he never jumps), rather he moseys down to Washington, D.C.,...

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The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain
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The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain

Bishop Blackie Ryan (Volume 2)
Andrew M. Greeley
Tor/Forge

The bestselling priest & novelist Andrew M. Greeley continues the tales of the intrepid Bishop Blackie Ryan with this absorbing & suspenseful mystery, set in France, of a missing beloved...

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The Bishop and the Missing L Train
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The Bishop and the Missing L Train

Bishop Blackie Ryan (Volume 1)
Andrew M. Greeley
Tor/Forge

Millions of Blackie Ryan fans will be thrilled with his return in this exciting novel of mystery and suspense. Bestselling novelist Andrew M. Greeley has captured the imagination of the mystery reading...

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About the author

Andrew M. Greeley

Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including The Archbishop in Andalusia, the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including Irish Tweed, and The Cardinal Virtues. He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, America and Commonweal, and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore!

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, “The Church in Society,” at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.

Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

Jane Silvestrii