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General Information

Name:  Andrew M. Greeley  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1928 in Oak Park, Illinois

Died: 2013 in Chicago, Illinois

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-- Andrew M. Greeley on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

After studies at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, Greeley received an AB from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Chicago in 1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) in 1952, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) in 1954, when he was ordained. From 1954 to 1964 he served as an assistant pastor at Christ the King parish in Chicago, during which time he studied sociology at the University of Chicago. He received a Master of Arts in 1961 and then a PhD in 1962. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the influence of religion on the career plans of 1961 college graduates. At various times Greeley was a professor at the University of Arizona, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Father Greeley's first work of fiction to become a major commercial success was ''The Cardinal Sins'' (1981). He then put out the Passover trilogy: ''Thy Brother's Wife'' (1982), ''Ascent into Hell'' (1983), and ''Lord of the Dance'' (1984). After that, he wrote on average a minimum of two novels per year. In 1987 alone he produced four novels and two works of non-fiction.

Income generated from the sale of his books has been used to fund certain philanthropies. In 1986, 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%. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million financial 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, where he earned his S.T.L. in 1954.

Published Works

    Father Greeley has written many books, please go to his website to see his entire body of work: []Nuala Anne McGrail Novels
  • Irish Lace, Tor Books, 1997
  • Irish Whiskey, Tor Books, 1998
  • Irish Eyes, Forge Books, 2001
  • Irish Love, Tor Books, 2002
  • Irish Stew! , Forge Books, 2003
  • Irish Gold, Forge Books, 2005
  • Irish Cream, Forge Books, 2005
  • Irish Linen, Forge Books, 2007
  • Irish Crystal, Forge Books, 2007
  • Irish Tiger, Forge Books, 2008
  • Irish Tweed, Forge Books, 2009Blackie Ryan Novels:
  • Happy are Those Who Thirst for Justice, Mysterious Press, 1987
  • Happy Are the Merciful, Jove, 1992
  • Happy Are the Peace Makers, Jove, 1993
  • Happy Are the Poor in Spirit, Jove, 1994
  • Happy Are Those Who Mourn, Jove, 1995
  • Happy Are the Oppressed, Beeler, 1997
  • The Bishop at Sea, Berkley, 1997
  • The Bishop and the Three Kings, Berkley, 1998
  • The Bishop and The Missing L Train, Forge Books, 2001
  • The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain, Forge Books, 2002
  • The Bishop in the West Wing, Forge Books, 2003
  • The Bishop in the Old Neighborhood, Forge Books, 2005
  • The Bishop at the Lake, Forge Books, 2007
  • The Archbishop in Andalusia, Forge Books, 2009O'Malley Novels:
  • A Midwinter's Tale, Forge Books, 1999
  • Younger Than Springtime, Forge Books, 2000
  • A Christmas Wedding, Forge Books, 2001The Passover Trilogy:
  • Thy Brother's Wife, Forge Books, 1982
  • Ascent into Hell, Warner, 1983
  • Lord of the Dance, Warner, 1984
  • Angel Fire, Tor, 2004
  • Contract with an Angel, Tor, 2004
  • The Making of the Pope 2005, Little, Brown & Company, 2005
  • Angel Light, Tor, 2006
  • The Senator and The Priest, Forge Books, 2006
  • Jesus: A Meditation on His Stories and His Relationships with Women, Forge Books, 2007
  • A Stupid, Unjust, and Criminal War: Iraq 2001-2007 , Orbis Books, 2007
  • Common Ground: A Priest and a Rabbi Read Scripture Together, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008 - written with Jacob Neusner
  • The Cardinal Sins, Forge Books, 2009
  • Chicago Catholics and the Struggle Within Their Church, Transaction Publishers, 2010
  • The Cardinal Virtues, Forge Books, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Irish lace :
ISBN: 0812550773. OCLC Number:

Tom Doherty Associates,. New York :. 1997.

Nuala Anne McGrail uses her psychic abilities to help solve mysteries. But even she will admit with a smile that she couldn't do it without Dermot Michael Coyne, her devoted admirer and self-proclaimed "spear carrier". Now both living in Chicago, their unique courtship is once again interrupted by one of Nuala's "spells". For on a quiet street on the South Shore, she is overwhelmed by the screaming of thousands of dying men--Confederate soldiers held as prisoners of war.

Irish whiskey :
ISBN: 0812577701. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1998.

On a visit to the grave of grandparents Nuala Anne McGrail, who has psychic vision, notices the coffin in a nearby grave is empty. The grave is that of Jimmy Sullivan, a 1920s Chicago gangster. As Nuala's fiance, Dermot Coyne proceeds to investigate, he runs into lethal opposition. By the author of Irish Lace.

Irish love /
ISBN: 0812576063. OCLC Number:

Forge ;. New York :. 2001.

A novel of modern Ireland explores a prosperous country that is sometimes plagued by violence as Nuala Ann McGrail and her husband, Dermot, embark on a search for a long-lost treasure, a quest that could threaten their very lives.

Irish eyes :
ISBN: 0812590244. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2000.

In their investigation of strange vibrations from a place on Lake Michigan where a shipload of Irish Americans lost their lives a hundred years ago, Nuala Anne McGrail, her infant daughter Nelliecoyne, and her husband make some enemies, discover a murder, and find a buried treasure.

Irish stew! :
ISBN: 0812576071. OCLC Number:

Tom Doherty Associates Book,. New York :. 2002.

While ata music festival in Milan, singer Nuala Anne McGrail and her husband Dermot Coyne cross paths with a Chicago Irish big shot named Seamus Costelloe and work on the mystery of the infamous Haymarket Riot.

Irish gold /
ISBN: 0812550765. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1994.

In Ireland, a young American researching his family's past discovers a plot to reunite England with Ireland. Lots of background on the Irish Rebellion. By the author of Sacraments of Love.

Irish cream :
ISBN: 0765303353. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2005.

Becoming suspicious about facts surrounding a tragic vehicular homicide for which a young man blames himself, psychic Nuala Anne McGrail and her husband find the case complicated by a scandal involving the diary of a nineteenth-century priest.

Irish linen :
ISBN: 0765315866. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2007.

When a young man from her Chicago neighborhood vanishes in Iraq and the U.S. government denies knowledge of his whereabouts, Nuala launches a personal investigation to uncover the truth.

Irish crystal :
ISBN: 0765342375. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2006.

In the aftermath of a dream about a threat to homeland security, Irish-born Nuala and her husband, Dermot, find themselves enmeshed in a conspiracy that leads them to a manuscript containing information about a tragic moment in history.

Irish tiger :
ISBN: 0765315882. OCLC Number:

Forge Books,. New York :. 2008.

Psychic sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail and her husband, Dermot, come to the aid of two senior citizens, John Patrick Donlan and Maria Angelica Connors, whose unexpected, late-in-life romance is threatened by an unknown enemy.

Irish tweed :
ISBN: 0765322234. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2009.

Nuala Anne McGrail, a fey, Irish-speaking woman blessed with the gift of second sight, and her husband and accomplice, Dermot Michael Coyne, investigate the brutal beating of Finnbar Burke, the "nice fella" with whom their shy, golden-haired nanny has fallen in love, who is found floating in the Chicago River. Set in late nineteenth-century Chicago.

Happy are those who thirst for justice :
ISBN: 0892961805. OCLC Number:

Mysterious Press,. New York :. ©1987.

When one of Father Blackie Ryan's relatives, a wealthy dowawger, is murdered aboard a luxury yacht whose other passengers are also relatives, Father Ryan must search his own family to find a murderer.

Thurston House /
ISBN: 0515107263. OCLC Number:

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Thurston House is the most lavish mansion that the richest man in California could build in the 1880s ... the largest house that San Francisco's exclusive Nob Hill has ever seen ... and a living palace of love built for one woman: Camille. Enchanting, raven-haired and fiery, she is the all-consuming passion that Jeremiah Thurston has found in the autumn of his life. When she leaves him, bored by his love for his mines, by his endless hours of hard work, Thurston House becomes an empty monument to lost hopes and vanished dreams-lifeless but for one small person. Sabrina, child of that love, grows up believing her mother is dead. Her only legacy from Camille is the legendary beauty; in all other ways, Sabrina is her father's image: willful, headstrong and loyal to his passion for the land and his work. Suddenly, at 18, her life changed with his death, she makes the fateful decision to rule Thurston Mines. Against her, waiting for any sign of weakness, is a powerful enemy: John Harte, the man who hoped to take her father's place, a man who will profit if she fails. Armed only with her sharp wit and sheer courage, Sabrina is determined to succeed. Then, one day, she and John find they can no longer compete, for she has seen the warm heart beneath his fierce independence, and he has fallen in love with the woman emerging from the indomitable little girl. Yet their love and marriage-like her father's before her-will not stand untested. In a sweeping narrative that moves from the epic earthquake of 1906 to the harsh Depression years, from the glitter of society to the danger of the mine shafts, Sabrina must face the cycles of birth and death, hardship and triumph. Even when her past threatens to destroy her future, she will persevere. Because, above all, Sabrina will not rest until Thurston House is the home it was meant to be, a home filled with love and laughter.--Page 2 and 3 of cover.

Happy are the peace makers /
ISBN: 0515110752. OCLC Number:

Jove Books,. New York :. ©1993.

Father Greeley's fictional detective, the Most Reverend John Blackwood Ryan, auxiliary bishop of Chicago and amateur sleuth par excellence, becomes involved in another mystery with both theological implications and romantic complications. Vacationing in Dublin with his niece and youngest sister, Blackie joins forces with fellow Chicagoan Captain Timothy Patrick MacCarthy in an attempt to solve the baffling murder of Irish millionaire James Lark MacDonaugh. Recruited by MacDonaugh's disgruntled and disinherited family and business associates to investigate the cleverly executed homicide, Tim finds himself irresistibly drawn to his prime suspect, the grieving widow. In order to shield the lovely, fragile Mora Marie MacDonaugh from the wrath of the police, the IRA, and her stepchildren, Tim and Blackie must unravel a Byzantine plot and unmask the real culprit. Once again, Blackie and his ever-expanding band of North Wabash Street Irregulars successfuly intervene in a case of passion and death, unraveling a crime and uniting a pair of star-crossed lovers. Vintage Greeley, terrific entertainment with a religious twist.

Happy are the poor in spirit :
ISBN: 0515115029. OCLC Number:

Jove Books,. New York :. 1994.

Bishop Ryan of Chicago investigates a series of attempts on the life of one of his parishioners. The man is Bert Cain, a millionaire who recently married a much younger woman and his heirs don't like it. By the author of Happy Are the Meek.

Happy are those who mourn :
ISBN: 0515117617. OCLC Number:

Jove Books,. New York :. 1995.

"A Blackie Ryan novel."

Happy are the oppressed :
ISBN: 1574900838. OCLC Number:

Beeler Large Print,. Hampton Falls, N.H. :. 1997.

The Bishop and the missing L train :
ISBN: 0812575962. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2000.

When incompetent auxiliary Bishop Gus Quill mysteriously vanishes, Bishop Blackie Ryan is forced to turn sleuth to find a churchman that everyone would prefer to remain missing.

The bishop and the Three Kings :
ISBN: 0425166171. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. 1998.

"When a major relic of the Catholic Church, the remains of the Three Kings, is stolen from the cathedral" in Cologne, Germany, it looks as if even such a great detective as Bishop Blackie will need a miracle to retrieve it.--Cover.

The bishop at sea :
ISBN: 0425160807. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. 1997.

Bishop Blackie Ryan investigates rape and murder on an aircraft carrier, crewed by 5,000 men and 1,000 women "teeming with hormones." In the guise of a detective story, a penetrating analysis of the Navy's policy of mixing sexes and how it could work out.

The bishop and the beggar girl of St. Germain /
ISBN: 0812575970. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2001.

Bishop Blackie Ryan is sent to Paris to find a missing priest who had become a television superstar. Blackie enlists the help of a beutiful young musician he found begging outside a church, and together they attempt to solve the mystery.

The bishop in the West Wing :
ISBN: 0812575989. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2003, ©2002.

Blackie, who can do anything, has been called on to deal with ghosts in the White House. But there are more problems in the White House than ghosts.

The bishop in the old neighborhood :
ISBN: 0765303345. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2005.

When three people are murdered in a church that has long represented a bulwark against change in its venerable Chicago neighborhood, Bishop "Blackie" Ryan enlists a psychic cop and a Sicilian attorney in what he believes is a campaign of terror.

The bishop at the lake :
ISBN: 0765315890. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York, NY :. 2007.

Assigned to watch his rival for the position of archbishop of Chicago, the ambitious Malachi Nolan, Blackie Ryan, a leading candidate for the position, heads to the Nolan family estate in Grand Banks, and is caught in the middle of a dynastic feud over the estate of Spike Nolan, an electronics tycoon, and finds himself investigating the attempted murder of his rival.

The archbishop in Andalusia :
ISBN: 0765355035. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. ©2008.

Archbishop John Blackwood Ryan travels to the south of Spain when summoned by the local cardinal in hopes that Blackie can avert a murder before it happens.

A midwinter's tale /
ISBN: 0812590252. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1998.

An American police sergeant in post-World War II Germany attempts to save a family from being delivered to the Russians. The Russians claim the family is guilty of war crimes, but Charles O'Malley is skeptical that they will get a fair trial.

Younger than springtime /
ISBN: 0812590260. OCLC Number:

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A student in 1940s Notre Dame University gets into trouble for taking a photograph of his girlfriend in a bikini. She is also a drinker and when beer bottles are found under his bed he is expelled. The two reunite at the University of Chicago.

A Christmas wedding /
ISBN: 081256667X. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2000.

Chuckie O'Malley attends the University of Chicago and becomes reacquainted with his foster sister Rosemarie in the years after World War II.

Thy brother's wife /
ISBN: 0765323249. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1982.

A story of two brothers, one a priest and one a senator, who in their own way love the same woman.

Ascent into hell /
ISBN: 0446340391. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York :. 1984.

Lord of the dance /
ISBN: 0446512923. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1984.

When the teenaged grand-daughter of Brigid Farrell is given a school assignment to research her heritage, she digs for the truth and uncovers secrets and scandal.

Angel fire /
ISBN: 0812583418. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York, NY :. ©1988.

Greeley (Lord of the Dance) has now written a murky "romantic mystery/fantasy" about a Nobel laureate who is astounded when a lissome guardian angel in couture garb comes to earth to protect him.

Contract with an angel /
ISBN: 0812544439. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1998.

A comedy on a millionaire who is warned by an angel that he will go to hell unless he performs immediate penance. The novel follows the man, media mogul Raymond Neenan, as he makes amends to his family and to his enemies at work.

The making of the Pope 2005 /
ISBN: 0316325600. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. New York :. 2005.

The story of the closed-door Vatican conclave that elevated Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI. In his preparation of this book, Greeley was allowed special access to College of Cardinal sources.

Angel light :
ISBN: 0765355973. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 1996, ©1995.

Toby Tobin, a computer whiz who meets an angel named Raphael, or Raphaela, on the Internet, tests the protective powers of his guardian angel when he goes to Ireland to find his life's love and solve an old family mystery.

The senator and the priest /
ISBN: 0765315912. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2006.

Working hard in the U.S. Senate for the rights of the underprivileged, Tommy Moran is determined to restore compassion and civility to American politics, only to find himself the target of vicious personal attacks, false rumors, and assassination attempts.

Jesus :
ISBN: 0765317761. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2007.

As a storyteller, Jesus often surprised his listeners with unexpected twists that challenged them to see the world in a whole new light. Father Greeley's insightful tour of the Gospels provides a fresh look at the parables that strips away centuries of false and mistaken interpretations to get at the essential truth of who Jesus really was and what he believed. Along the way, Father Greeley touches on such provocative topics as the significance of Jesus's Jewish roots, his deep and revolutionary relationship with women, The Da Vinci Code, and The Passion of the Christ. He also singles out the four greatest parables, which best illustrate the infinite love and mercy of the God whose kingdom began with Jesus and continues even today.--From publisher description.

A stupid, unjust, and criminal war :
ISBN: 1570757321. OCLC Number:

Orbis Books,. Maryknoll, N.Y. :. ©2007.

Common ground :
ISBN: 0773534474. OCLC Number:

McGill-Queen's University Press,. Montréal :. 2008, ©1996.

What happens when two prolific religious scholars sit down and, together, read sacred texts of their different religions?

The cardinal sins /
ISBN: 0765322919. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2009.

Chicago Catholics and the struggles within their church /
ISBN: 1412814790. OCLC Number:

Transaction Publishers,. New Brunswick, N.J. :. ©2011.

The cardinal virtues /
ISBN: 0765324423. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2010.

A once-radical priest rapidly losing faith in himself finds something worth defending when a new, nearly perfect priest arrives and comes under fire from all angles.