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Grace Johnson, elderly widow in New York City, runs away from home and is rescued by retired cop Patrick O'Mally, who takes her to a homeless shelter, where she is hired. The old priest from St. Patrick's Cathedral calls on their help when the icon of St. Patrick disappears. A young girl and her dog lead them on a merry chase, which leads to the mafia member Patrick feels killed his son. Revenge takes over, leaving Grace to figure out the connection. Then the old priest is poisoned, but he survives. Is there a connection? How can they keep him safe? Even a leprechaun does his best to help in the case.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for valuable art/artifacts    -   vigilante getting revenge General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   60's-90's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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