1980 - Mystery (Hardcover)

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:

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.

More Information:

  • 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. 

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