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Andrew M. Greeley was a famous American author of the mystery & thriller, religion & spirituality, and literature & fiction genres. Apart from being an established author, he was a sociologist, journalist and a Roman Catholic priest. During his writing career, Greeley has written about 50 bestselling novels and more than 100 nonfiction stories. He is known to have entertained the readers for decades with popular characters such as the priest Blackie Ryan, who likes to solve mysteries and an amateur sleuth called Nuala Anna McGrail. Most of the books written by Greeley are based on the Irish-American Roman Catholics, or the ones who work in Chicago. Author Andrew Greeley was born on February 5, 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. He died on May 29, 2013 at the age of 85 in Chicago, Illinois. Before becoming a full-time author, Greeley used to work as a sociology professor at the universities of Chicago and Arizona. He was also a research associate for the NORC and used to write a weekly column for the Sun-Times, other than being a regular contributor to The New York Times, Commonweal and the National Catholic Reporter, America. Greeley was born into an Irish Catholic family and grew up in the Austin neighborhood during the time of the Great Depression. He attended the St. Angela Elementary School and from the 2nd grade onwards, he began to think of becoming a priest.
Later, he went on to study in a seminary in Chicago and obtained his AB degree in the year 1950. In addition to that, Greeley also received the STB and STL degrees in the years 1952 and 1954 respectively, and eventually got ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago. For the next 10 years, he worked as an assistant pastor in a parish in Chicago and at the same time studied sociology in the state university. In the years 1961 and 1962, Greeley completed his MA and PhD and began working at the university as the professor of sociology. Greeley was expecting that he would be granted tenure, after teaching for around a decade, but was denied because of cantankerous temperament. It was during this time that he decided to change his course towards writing as a full-timer. He went on to write novels on a variety of subjects such as amateur mysteries, priest stories, and political thrillers. The success of his novel allowed him to have an illustrious career as a novelist. Later, during the fall of 2008, Greeley suffered several skull fractures after his clothing got caught in a taxi door and pulled away. He received several injuries apart from the skull fractures and was hospitalized in a critical situation. Although, he survived the accident, but his health remained poor throughout the rest of his life and finally he died at the age of 85. Greeley was the recipient of a number of honorary degrees from several prestigious institutions such as the Bard College, New York; the University of Arizona; and Ireland’s National University in Galway. His popular writing career also allowed him to receive a few prestigious awards such as the F. Sadlier Dinger Award in the year 1981. The award was given to him for his outstanding contribution to the religious education in America.
Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths, Cultural Heritage
Bestselling novelist Andrew M. Greeley outdoes his previous triumphs with Irish Gold, a contemporary, fresh and exciting novel of suspense and love. Nuala Anne McGrail, a student at Dublin’s Trinity College, is beautiful the way a Celtic goddess is beautiful – not that Dermot Michael Coyne of Chicago has ever seen one of those in his twenty-five years – unless you count his grandmother Nell, who left Ireland during the Troubles with her husband Liam O’Riada, and who would never tell why they left. Somebody else remembers, though – or why is Dermot set upon by thugs?
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