|Katherine Kurtz: Saint Patrick's Gargoyle|
Books ISBN 0-441-00725-2
Unfortunately, dawn fast approaches and gargoyles must be cautious of allowing a human to see them, mostly because of the heavenly rule that anyone who sees the true form of a gargoyle must die. (Seeing gargoyles move around town smacks of bad form too.)
The gargoyle (Paddy for short) who protects St. Patrick's Church enlists the aid of an elderly retired Knight of Malta, Francis Templeton, largely because Templeton's vintage Rolls Royce rejoices in a spiffy silver gargoyle hood ornament. Paddy really likes that little gargoyle.
While convincing Templeton to aid him, Paddy uses his "abilities" to bring the silver gargoyle to life -- and accidentally reveals his true form. Lying in the back of the Rolls while covered in a blanket, Paddy uses the little gargoyle's eyes to see while Templeton drives them around Dublin in search for the thieves.
Surprisingly Paddy and Templeton build up a friendship of sorts and solve the crime. Yet more deadly things slither about in Dublin, evil beyond the ken of normal man. Dublin's gargoyles receive instructions from above to find a knight to help them fight the incoming evil. Paddy, reluctantly and after making a deal with Death, offers to entreat for Templeton's aid.
Templeton, a true warrior for good and not adverse to staying alive even if only one more day, finds himself tumbling headlong into a night of secrecy, excitement, and a confrontation with an evil that not even a gargoyle as long-lived as Paddy could anticipate.
Saint Patrick's Gargoyle begins a little slowly but eventually pulls the reader in and weaves Kurtz's magic to a wonderful bittersweet ending. Albeit somewhat larger than life and less than historically accurate, the tale of Paddy and Templeton lingers in the heart long after the book has been read and set aside.
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