Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Boysie Oakes and other spies for hire

Date: 03 May 2002


Re your comment below:

> One, IIRC,
> featured a hit priest
> for the Vatican named Father Blackie (something),
> whom the Church
> possibly could use now. Maybe by Greeley, though I
> could be far off on
> that.

You're confusing two different series. Andrew Greeley writes about Father (now Bishop) Blackie Ryan, who's an amateur detective/clergyman in the Father Brown/Rabbi Small tradition.

The series I think you're recalling was called "The Inquisitor." It featured Frank Killy, former CIA agent, who was not a priest, but a lay brother in the
"Militia Christi," assigned to the Vatican's Holy Office of the Inquisition (which, of the purposes of these novels, had evolved into the Vatican's espionage service). Killy wasn't a Vatican "hit man" per se, though he did kill plenty of bad guys in self-defense.
 Every time that happened, he had to do two weeks of penance.

The author was Martin Cruz Smith writing under the pen name of "Simon Quinn."


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