I'll close Book Review No. 34, which finishes the Bishop Ryan series for the present, with an observation about the possible principal purpose of the novels, namely to provide insights into the value of Catholicism. In University, it's Bishop Ryan, auditioning for an adjuncting gig at The University, taking questions from skeptical students, delivering the homily. Summarized (p. 103) this time it's the case for belief. The believer has to deal with evil happening, the skeptic with joy happening. That even rates a footnote. It's less than satisfying, though, as the wise course might be to live this life as if it is the only one that matters, and treating others as you would like to be treated, whether or not the Heavenly Host are taking score.
(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)