Cattleya Hoskin, journalist for Gamut Magazine, has come to Pittsburgh determined to get that interview with Lupa Schwartz, the grandson of the great detective her father once worked for as “leg man,” gumshoe, and chronicler. Now that Schwartz is carrying on the legacy and has built a reputation as a masterful sleuth in his own right, the idea that she should write a piece on him seems organic to her. Schwartz has never shied from the press before, so why is he being such a cold fish toward her? Nothing in Schwartz’s attitude changes when Cattleya arrives unannounced on the famous detective’s doorstep until a case he doesn’t want also arrives unbidden and unwelcome right behind her. Coerced into investigating the poisoning death of a local Catholic who passed just after receiving the sacrament of last rights from a well-known Catholic priest and euthanasia advocate, Schwartz and Cattleya team up to write the case study that will establish her career... More > once-and-for-all.< Less
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By Hazen Wardle
Jun 19, 2013
unc·tion [uhngk-shuhn] noun. An act of anointing, especially as a medical treatment or religious rite. ex·treme [ik-streem] noun. An extreme act, measure, condition, etc Either one of these are nothing terribly interesting alone. Throw them together and you get one crazy story. Father Coneely is relatively new to his parish but is not favored by many of the elder clergy due to his controversial view on mercy killings and assisted suicide for folks in the last stages of life who are in severe pain and desire to end it all. When a conversation with a grieving family over the looming death of their father goes awry, the pastor is ultimately accused of murder when the man is found dead hours after Coneely performed extreme unction on the dying man. Enter Cat Hoskin and Lupa Schwartz. The latter is an eccentric old investigator with a garage full of classic cars, enough to give even Leno a run for his money. The former is a magazine journalist sent from Cleveland to... More > Pittsburgh to write an article on the man. She soon finds herself knee-deep in the investigation Schwartz has taken on for the city, which would like him to prove Father Coneely was indeed the culprit. Follow Cat as she herself follows Schwartz in the hopes of gaining the story of a lifetime. As Schwartz has his own reasons for taking on the murder case, she also has her own additional reasons for taking on this endeavor, reasons that lie just beyond the story. As she digs for more information on this investigator and his ties to her, she finds herself as deep in the mystery as the man himself. On the surface it appears to be nothing more than a greedy family hiding an attempt of insurance fraud, but is that all there is to it, or is that even the case? A killer is in house. Can you decipher who did it before the big reveal at the end? Was it Father Coneely or someone else who poisoned the holy oil used during the last rites, someone whose ideas are more sinister than assisted suicide? I figured it out, but I won’t ruin it for you. Extreme Unction is a wild romp following Hoskin and Schwartz, and it includes a colorful cast of characters, which include many classic—some exotic— cars. The only thing I found the story lacking was colorful foldouts of the cars. I found myself looking up the various cars mentioned as I read just so I could keep up.< Less
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