October, 1943. Detective Merl Cahill and his partner, Fish Biederman, have got a good thing going. Chicago in 1943 is a very lucrative place to be one of “Chicago’s finest.” Merl Cahill is not only one of “Chicago’s finest,” he’s also one of “Chicago’s largest” — an ex-Chicago Bears’ lineman standing six-seven and weighing two hundred eighty pounds. He might be considered one of “Chicago’s meanest” if any one of his collars stayed alive long enough to press charges.
When a dead girl is found in an alley behind a grocery store, it’s Merl and Fish who get the call. After a second girl turns up, so does the heat. A mug like this would usually be no match for these two, but this killer is different — colder, smarter, with a warped psyche that defies all attempts at unravelling. All they can do is wait for him to strike again.
A female detective promoted to the squad does little for morale and as the tension mounts, it becomes clear that the killer isn’t finished. Not by a long shot.
A love story, a hard-bitten potboiler with twists, slugs, roscoes, and more than a few belly laughs, Dear Priscilla is also a look back at Chicago in the early ’40s — WWII, Maxwell Street, the Union Stock Yards, the Times, Chicago Bears football — and populated with some of Schweizer’s best characters to date. All this makes for a comic noir thriller that you won’t want to miss.
NOTE: Mark Schweizer is known for his cozy, tongue-in-cheek St. Germaine mysteries. Please be aware that although "Dear Priscilla" has a significant amount of humor, it is a hard-edged police thriller. It is NOT a cozy mystery.
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In addition to Dear Priscilla, Mark Schweizer is also the author of the Liturgical Mysteries, nine highly acclaimed comic mysteries set in the fictitious town of St. Germaine, North Carolina. He lives in the foothills of western North Carolina.