Malachy is a bar-owning, Irish ex-lawyer who grew up in a close-knit Catholic neighborhood. He has a been known to untangle Gordian knots, so when approached by a person unknown to clear a priest of alleged abuse allocations and reinstate said priest if innocent, he agrees. He has two friends who partner with him and a large black book of favors from individuals he has helped. This is the delight of the book: the interplay of solid detective work, quid pro quo favors, and a bit of con when needed, always within the law, usually, as the plot unfolds. The author does not confuse the reader with unneeded plot twists, and Western Civilization will not fail if Malachy does; rather, the author uses a more realistic canvas of life, and one gets caught up in the unfolding story. Good, religious people are honored and helped; evil are people condemned, especially those who use religion for evil. Loyalty, friendship, and charity are extolled. It is a glimpse into the benefits of living in a close community. Malachy loves his city; there are some flashbacks that explain why people are willing to help him. The action moves fast, there are great side characters, and justice triumphs in the end. I recommend the book as a very enjoyable detective book.