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Eve Dallas's former partner. Father figure. Captain of EDD.

He noticed Eve as a rookie officer when she arrested McQueen (dallas to new york) and trained her in Homicide, later making her his partner till he made Captain and moved to EDD. For Eve, Feeney is the father she never had, though neither Feeney nor Eve have ever mentioned this aloud, both being mortified of having emotional conversations. During "Ceremony In Death" they have misunderstandings regarding Eve's case implicating Feeney's deceased best friend in a drug scandal, though Roarke helps them get over it. Feeney is Eve's mentor, her guide, her idol as a cop and whenever she has any difficulty with a case, he is her sounding board.

He is married to Sheila Feeney, of whom Eve is terrified, like she is of Anna Whitney. It is mentioned that Feeney has atleast two children and is also a grandfather, though names of his family members are not mentioned.

Introduction Edit

Introduced in Naked in Death as the other investigator, with Eve Dallas, of the Sharon DeBlass homicide (February 13, 2058).[1]

Descriptions Edit

  • He was a small, stubby man with small, stubby hands and rust colored hair; he had a wide, rumpled face[2] and drooping camel eyes.[3] His face is homely.[4]
  • A wiry-haired man with a hangdog face, the beginning of jowls, and ears that were slightly too big for his head;[5] a compact body and a rumpled face;[6] a hangdog face with wiry rust-colored hair.[7]
  • He has bony elbows (which Eve found endearing)[8] and droopy brown eyes.[9]
  • Wiry ginger hair threaded with silver and a saggy face.[10] His face was rumpled and hair was a gingery scrubbing brush mixed with silver.[11]
  • He shuffles his feet when he walks.[12]
  • His ginger hair with its generous dashes of gray sat on his head like an electrified cat; he has a comfortably droopy face[13] and wiry eyebrows.[14]
    • Feeney said that his wife says that his face is lived in.[15]
  • He looked comfortably rumpled, has droopy eyes in his saggy face, and wire brush of silvered ginger hair.[16]
  • He has a basset-hound face and a wiry thatch of ginger and silver hair.[17]
    • In June 2060, he'd had his hair chopped recently, but it did little to combat the spring of ginger and wires of gray that spooled through it. His face, weathered and worn, drooped like a sleepy hound's.[18]

Personality Edit

  • He's a history buff[19] and says he loves the gossip channels.[20]
  • He blushes (going red as a hybrid beet);[21] the back of his neck turned cherry red.[22] Feeney sticks his hands in his pockets when he's uncomfortable.[23]
  • According to Eve [regarding Feeney and Mrs. Feeney], "He loves her a lot. You know how he'll talk in that long-suffering way about 'the wife.' He'd be lost without her. I know how that is. I know how he's working this right now while she's probably knitting a small compact car."[24]

History and Family Edit

  • Feeney's sister-in-law went to the Paradise Salon for her twenty-fifth anniversary. He said it cost near as much as his kid's wedding.[25]
  • His parents live in New Jersey.[26]
    • He said he, and his wife, were planning to head to New Jersey, to their son's place, for a cookout.[27]
  • Feeney's mother made him learn Latin as a kid. She had delusions about him becoming a priest.[28]
    • Feeney, a good Catholic, winced at the use of profanity in church.[29]
    • Feeney said he was "mostly" Catholic.[30]
  • Feeney indicated that he picked Sheila up in a bar.[31]
  • Feeney has a grandchild 'that' age (Coyle Swisher, age 12 or Nixie Swisher, age 9?).[32]
    • Feeney's kids had grown up, and there were grandkids now. Eve was never quite sure of the number.[33]

The Job Edit

  • Feeney said Dallas was the best cop he'd ever worked with.[34]
    • In Glory in Death, "He put a paternal hand on [Eve's] shoulder."[35]
    • There's nobody on the job, nobody with a badge Eve respects more than she respects Feeney. Feeney feels the same about her.[36]
      • Feeney called Dallas 'ace'[37] and often calls her 'kid'.[38]
  • The DeBlass murder was the second time Feeney had seen death by firearm. About fifteen years ago (c. 2043), on the Lower East Side, a guy at a party shot five people with a twenty-two before he realized it wasn't a toy.[39]
  • Feeney was protective, even sentimental about the IRCCA.[40]
  • When Feeney became a Captain, he requested EDD. E-work had always been his specialty, and his passion, so his request for the Electronic Detection Division was a natural.[41]
    • Tibble described Feeney as the number whiz, the electronic genius.[42]
    • According to Eve, nobody but Roarke does a search and cross [check] faster than Feeney.[43]
  • Feeney had been in charge of the first task force assigned to find and apprehend The Groom.[44]
  • He might have been old enough to have fathered most of his detectives (in EDD), and his idea of fashion ran to making sure his socks matched, but the color and buzz of EDD fit him like one of his wrinkled suits.[45]
    • All his department were boys to Feeney, regardless of chromosomes.[46]

Interesting Facts Edit

  • Spelled 'Feeny' (typo)[47]
  • He habitually carries around a bag of sugared nuts.[48] (cashews,[49] almonds[50])
  • He likes Irish Whiskey.[51]
    • Tibble promised Feeney a bottle of Irish whiskey if he broke the Morse case (his computer) by midnight.[52]
  • He organized Roarke's bachelor's party.[53]
  • Dr. Engrave gave Feeney a nice flat of pansies for his wife.[54]
    • He smelled like a fancy green salad after he put on the cologne his wife gave him for their anniversary.[55]
    • Mrs. Feeney gave him a pair red earmuffs for Christmas.[56]
  • Feeney takes his coffee light and sweet.[57]
  • In Betrayal in Death (May, 2059),[58] Feeney mentioned to Roarke that he was going to need his eyes fixed again.[59] In Seduction in Death (June, 2059),[60] he said he had to take a couple of hour's medical to get it done (the eye fix).[61]
  • He was going on vacation in Remember When (September, 2059).[62]
    • In Divided in Death (c. September 20-24, 2059),[63] he had only been back from his Bimini vacation (at Roarke and Eve's beach house) for a couple of days.[64]
  • Has a mug with 'MINE' printed on it in murderous red.[65]
  • He had a good stony stare; Eve had modeled her own after it.[66]
  • Feeney was sick with a cold March 19, 2060 ('dog sick').[67]
  • His lucky shirt was sea-sick green, and covered with maniacally grinning pink flamingos (according to Feeney it's won him eight hundred and twenty-five dollars).[68] He won an additional twenty-five dollars at Roarke's casino in Vegas (during Charles's bachelor's party).[69]
  • "Good cop" was Feeney's highest praise.[70]
  • When Charity Mimoto played Springsteen, Feeney told Eve, "Nice to hear a classic, and hear it played with some style."[71]


References Edit

  1. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), pp. 4, 5
  2. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 5; Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 182
  3. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 110
  4. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 74
  5. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 41
  6. Ceremony in Death (ISBN 0-425-15762-8), p. 192
  7. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), pp. 41, 42
  8. Remember When (ISBN 0-425-19547-3), p. 391
  9. Divided in Death (ISBN 0-425-19795-6), p. 41
  10. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 48
  11. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 30
  12. Seduction in Death (ISBN 0-425-18146-4), p. 74
  13. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 91; Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 101
  14. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 232
  15. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 271
  16. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), pp. 82, 83
  17. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 127
  18. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 66
  19. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 8
  20. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 43
  21. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 271
  22. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 190
  23. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 202
  24. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 89
  25. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), pp. 9, 10
  26. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 171
  27. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 67
  28. Ceremony in Death (ISBN 0-425-15762-8), p. 214
  29. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 76
  30. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 83
  31. Holiday in Death (ISBN 0-425-16371-7), p. 51
  32. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 49
  33. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 30
  34. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 175
  35. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 199
  36. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 200
  37. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 56
  38. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), pp. 77, 198, 244, 270; Divided in Death (ISBN 0-425-19795-6), p. 41; Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 200; Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), pp. 324, 325
  39. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 8
  40. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 85
  41. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 29
  42. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 238
  43. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), pp. 56, 61, 62
  44. Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 40
  45. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 100
  46. Remember When (ISBN 978-0-425-19547-5), p. 353
  47. Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 53
  48. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 5; Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), pp. 41, 51, 145, 257; Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 112; Creation in Death (ISBN 978-0-425-22102-0), p. 237; Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 131
  49. Naked in Death (ISBN 0-425-14829-7), p. 110
  50. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 41; Salvation in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15522-2), p. 82; Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 131
  51. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 283
  52. Glory in Death (ISBN 0-425-15098-4), p. 280
  53. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 283
  54. Immortal in Death (ISBN 0-425-15378-9), p. 194
  55. Witness in Death (ISBN 0-425-17363-1), p. 190
  56. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 101
  57. Seduction in Death (ISBN 0-425-18146-4), p. 74
  58. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 1
  59. Betrayal in Death (ISBN 0-425-17857-9), p. 219
  60. Seduction in Death (ISBN 0-425-18146-4), p. 5
  61. Seduction in Death (ISBN 0-425-18146-4), p. 195
  62. Remember When (ISBN 978-0-425-19547-5), pp. 347, 352
  63. Divided in Death (ISBN 0-425-19795-6), pp. 12, 314
  64. Divided in Death (ISBN 0-425-19795-6), pp. 41, 42
  65. Survivor in Death (ISBN 0-425-20418-9), p. 49
  66. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 249
  67. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 101, 102
  68. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 241
  69. Promises in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15548-2), p. 292
  70. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 67
  71. Kindred in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15595-6), p. 340

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