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  • When I thought the story had ended with the arrest of the murderer, it turned out that he was only a copycat
  • This is one of the best stories in the Father Koesler series – it is extremely riveting

    • by Jacinth K Lee
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      Marked for Murder (written by William X Kienzle and published by Ballantine Books, 1989)

      A very tricky story – simply devious and brilliant! When I thought the story had ended with the arrest of the murderer, it turned out that he was only a copycat. How interesting!

      The first victim was Lieutenant Tully’s snitch, and he felt that she had been murdered for being so. She


      had been eviscerated and branded. However when the second murder happened, it was not so – it seemed to be the work of a serial killer who seemed to target older prostitutes. Witnesses had seen the killer in the garb of a Roman Catholic priest. When a priest, Father Kramer, was caught at a scene where the police were staking out, Father Koesler was called in ...

      • to help the suspect. Father Kramer said that he had been lured to the scene by a phone call; however Lieutenant Tully thought otherwise.

        The twist at the end was simply astounding. I had hoped that Father Kramer was innocent; so when the killer was caught, that would be the end of the story. However the apprehended killer would confess to committing only one of the murders!

        This is one of the best stories in the Father Koesler series – it is extremely riveting.

        Once again, the author had described some of the decisions of the Catholic institution, how they changed with different leaders (popes), and the effect of the rules and regulations on the believers and priests. It is indeed sad that human interpretation of the words of God would lead to tragedy for some.




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    Andrew Leaither says :

    A very tricky story - simple and devious. I like that and “Marked for Murder” seems like a great read showing promise to a difficult story nice the way you shared the characters, the plot and interesting thought provoking story line.

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