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William X. Kienzle

Born: Sep 11, 1928

Death: Dec 28, 2001

Birthplace: Detroit

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

William X. Kienzle

Date of Birth : Sep 11, 1928
Date of Death : Dec 28, 2001
Birth Place : Detroit

William X. Kienzle, born in Detroit, Michigan, was a priest turned crime novelist. Kienzle was ordained to the priesthood in 1954 and spent twenty years as a Roman Catholic parish priest. Kienzle left the priesthood in 1974 reportedly due to the church's refusal to remarry divorcees. He became an editor of MPLS Magazine in Minneapolis, later moving to Texas, where he was director of the Center for Contemplative Studies at the Jesuit University of Dallas. He authored 24 crime fiction/mystery novels featuring Father Robert Koesler, a Catholic priest who doubles as a detective. One of his best-known novels is his first, The Rosary Murders, which was made into a 1987 movie starring Donald Sutherland as Father Koesler, with a screenplay co-written by Elmore Leonard. His books are set mostly in Detroit.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • William Kienzle
  • William Xavier Kienzle
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