Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood is one of Andrew Greeley’s Christian mysteries in the Bishop Blackie Ryan series. The Old Neighborhood of the title, St. Lucy’s parish, has always been at the center of Chicago’s Austin district. Over the years, the neighborhood and its church have been crumbling under the influence of narcotics and resultant high crime, but now a movement toward gentrification is promising to restore the parish’s former stature. With the charismatic Polish monsignor Mikal Wolodyjowski as its leader, St. Lucy’s has attempted over the years to care for its diminishing Catholic parishioners, and now Wolodyjowski looks forward to revamping the neighborhood, providing his parish with a long overdue facelift. To this end, he retains the architects Tim O’Boyle and his adopted son Marshal.
However, three mutilated bodies have been discovered in the sanctuary of St. Lucy’s church after an attempt to blow up the church. Declan O’Donnell, an idealistic young Irish police officer, and the voluptuous Sicilian state’s attorney Camilla Datillo arrive on the scene to investigate. A romantic subplot emerges as they discover that they knew each other in grade school. They soon find themselves remembering old times—and planning new times. They wonder whether the killings are a warning to the monsignor to leave well enough alone and not proceed with his plans to refurbish the neighborhood.
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