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Now and Then, Amen

(1988)
(The fifth book in the Scobie Malone series)
A novel by

 
Publisher's Weekly
This Australian writer is known for The Sundowners and 35 more novels, including the four featuring Inspector Scobie Malone of Sydney. Cleary's urbane wit blunts the sting in this story about the circumstances leading to the murder of Sister Mary Magdalene. The nun's body is found outside a luxurious brothel where Malone starts the investigation that leads to an artist known as Miss O'Keefe, who turns out to be Brigid Hourigan, the victim's mother. He learns that the young woman was illegitimate, unacknowledged by Bridgid's millionaire father, Fingal, and her brother, Archbishop Kerry Hourigan. The influential old man's associates, like a small army, form powerful barriers to the detective. But he digs deep, looking for clues in the nun's service to the needy in Nicaragua, in Fingal's early years in Chicago and the source of his fortune. The sad truth closes the case, one of the hero's most intricate and exciting. Mystery Guild featured alternate. (Feb.)

Library Journal
Cleary's newest Australian thriller featuring Scobie Malone commences with the discovery of a murdered nun's body on the doorstep of an exclusive brothel. As Malone investigates the apparent bad joke, he finds that all clues point to zillionaire patriarch and Sydney businessman Fingal Hourigan (illegitimate grandfather of the dead nun). Various aspects of Fingal's sordid Chicago past, nefarious activities, and present Nicaraguan associates, along with flashbacks about the nun, her mother, and her uncle the archbishop, provide more than enough substantive grist for Cleary's narrative mill. Three parts family saga, then, for every one part intrigue, but solid entertainment.-- REK

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

August 1991 : USA Hardback
Title: Now & Then, Amen
Author(s): Jon Cleary
ISBN: 0-517-07555-5 / 978-0-517-07555-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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January 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: Now and Then, Amen (Charnwood Large Print Library Series)
Author(s): Jon Cleary
ISBN: 0-7089-8528-9 / 978-0-7089-8528-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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June 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Now and Then, Amen
Author(s): Jon Cleary
ISBN: 1-55736-127-4 / 978-1-55736-127-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cornerstone Books
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January 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Now and Then, Amen
Author(s): Jon Cleary
ISBN: 0-688-08390-0 / 978-0-688-08390-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
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August 1988 : UK Hardback
Title: Now and Then, Amen
Author(s): Jon Cleary
ISBN: 0-00-223383-5 / 978-0-00-223383-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: Now and Then, Amen
Author(s): Jon Cleary
ISBN: 0-00-617641-0 / 978-0-00-617641-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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Audio Editions

May 2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: Now and Then, Amen (Scobie Malone Novels)
Author(s): Jon Cleary
ISBN: 1-62460-104-9 / 978-1-62460-104-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Now and Then, Amen (A Scobie Malone Novel Book 5)
Author(s): Jon Cleary
Publisher: AudioGO
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