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William X(avier) Kienzle 1928–

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American mystery writer.

Kienzle draws upon his experiences as a former Roman Catholic priest in the writing of his murder mysteries. His works center on a character named Father Koesler, a priest-sleuth who is called in to investigate mysterious deaths in his diocese in Detroit. As these mysteries are solved, Kienzle offers the reader glimpses of life in the priesthood and comments on controversial issues within the Catholic church.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 93-96 and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 9.)

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