THE DEVIL'S CARD by Mary Maher


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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.

Pub Date: Nov. 23rd, 1992
ISBN: 0-312-07715-7
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1992