The Rosary Murders
By William X. Kienzle
Original Publisher: Andrews and McMeel
Current Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (Kindle Edition)
Fiction Finalists for Mystery (Hardcover) That Year:
- Lucille Kallen for Introducing C.B. Greenfield
- William X. Kienzle for The Rosary Murders
- Arthur Maling for The Rheingold Route
- Lawrence Meyer for False Front
Fiction Winner for Mystery (Hardcover) That Year: John D. MacDonald for The Green Ripper
Fiction Judges That Year: Not Available
The Year in Literature:
- The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Czeslaw Milosz won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- Kienzle was a Roman Catholic priest for twenty years but left the priesthood in 1974 because he disagreed with the Church’s refusal to remarry divorcees.
- The Rosary Murders was Kienzle’s first novel. It was made into a 1987 film of the same title starring Donald Sutherland as Father Robert Koesler, a Catholic priest who doubles as a detective.