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ISBN13: 9780345538062
ISBN10: 0345538064
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this explosive debut thriller by the author of Empire of Blue Water, a brilliant homicide detective returns home, where she confronts a city’s dark demons and her own past while pursuing a brutal serial killer on a vengeful rampage.

Absalom “Abbie” Kearney grew up an outsider in her own hometown. Even being the adopted daughter of a revered cop couldn’t keep Abbie’s troubled past from making her a misfit in the working-class Irish American enclave of South Buffalo. And now, despite a Harvard degree and a police detective’s badge, she still struggles to earn the respect and trust of those she’s sworn to protect. But all that may change, once the killing starts.

When Jimmy Ryan’s mangled corpse is found in a local church basement, this sadistic sacrilege sends a bone-deep chill through the winter-whipped city. It also seems to send a message—one that Abbie believes only the fiercely secretive citizens of the neighborhood known as “the County” understand. But in a town ruled by an old-world code of silence and secrecy, her search for answers is stonewalled at every turn, even by fellow cops. Only when Abbie finds a lead at the Gaelic Club, where war stories, gossip, and confidences flow as freely as the drink, do tongues begin to wag—with desperate warnings and dire threats. And when the killer’s mysterious calling card appears on her own doorstep, the hunt takes a shocking twist into her own family’s past. As the grisly murders and grim revelations multiply, Abbie wages a chilling battle of wits with a maniac who sees into her soul, and she swears to expose the County’s hidden history—one bloody body at a time.

With Black Irish, Stephen Talty stakes a place beside Jo Nesbø, John Sandford, and Tana French on the cutting edge of psychological crime thrillers.

Praise for Black Irish

 

“Abbie Kearney is one of the most intriguing new suspense protagonists in memory, and Black Irish marks the captivating start of a brilliant thriller series.”—Tess Gerritsen

 

“Luxuriantly cinematic . . . a compulsively readable crime thriller . . . Move over V. I. Warshawski; Buffalo gets its own crime novel heroine.”The Buffalo News

 

“A suspenseful debut novel with a circuitous plot . . . Black Irish is simply a riveting read.”Booklist (starred review)

 

“Talty shows his chops when recounting [Buffalo’s] Irish roots.”Kirkus Reviews

 

“Talty does a fine job portraying the cohesiveness of the Irish, their loyalty to one another, and their obsession with their history. . . . A memorable story of betrayal and vengeance.”Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Talty's first foray into crime fiction, a memorable story of betrayal and vengeance, centers on a working-class Irish enclave in contemporary Buffalo, N.Y. The macabre killing of gas-meter reader Jimmy Ryan brings Det. Absalom 'Abbie' Kearney to South Buffalo (aka 'the County,' as in the 27th county of Ireland), where 'ancestry was everything.' As the adopted daughter of legendary cop John Kearney, Abbie is both an insider and an outsider. More gruesome, carefully staged deaths occur, pointing to members of the secretive, powerful Clan na Gael as targets. Hampered by community distrust, Abbie must dig deeply into long-buried secrets that could endanger her father's life and reputation as well as her own life. Talty (Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day) does a fine job portraying the cohesiveness of the Irish, their loyalty to one another, and their obsession with their history. Agent: Scott Waxman, Waxman Leavell Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In this explosive debut thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water, a brilliant homicide detective returns home, confronting a city’s dark demons and her own past while pursuing a serial killer on a vengeful rampage.

 

When Jimmy Ryan’s mangled corpse is found in a local church basement, the sadistic sacrilege sends a bone-deep chill through winter-whipped Buffalo. But police detective Absalom “Abbie” Kearney also fears the brutal crime is sending a message—one that only the fiercely secretive citizens of the Irish-American neighborhood known as “the County” understand, and one that seems especially tailored for Abbie’s ears. Searching for answers to explain the monstrous act mysteriously leads Abby to her own family’s past. At work, she finds herself stonewalled at every turn by an old-world code of silence and secrecy. And as the grisly murders continue, she must match wits with a maniacal killer bent on exposing the County’s hidden history . . . one bloody body at a time.

About the Author

Stephan Talty is the author of the New York Times bestseller Empire of Blue Water, as well as Escape from the Land of Snows, The Illustrious Dead, and Mulatto America. Black Irish is his first novel.

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techeditor, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by techeditor)
Stephan Talty has written plenty of nonfiction, but BLACK IRISH is his first stab at fiction. In this book, a Buffalo, New York police detective is trying to solve serial murders in what is left of the Irish community there. This book could easily be the beginning of a series, but I wouldn't want to continue with it.

Granted, BLACK IRISH deserves praise for being unputdownable at certain points. That's the mark of a good thriller.

But it also makes mistakes common to thrillers that fail for anyone who reads this genre regularly. The biggest of these is predictability.

Maybe someone who has never read a thriller would find the clues in BLACK IRISH less obvious than I did. But, like the person who does crossword puzzles often being better at crossword puzzles, I recognized many setups in the story and could predict their outcomes.

It also looks like this writer, new to thrillers, felt that this type book must incorporate certain ingredients: sex and violence. So he put some in there that were unnecessary to the story, gratuitous.

Talty doesn't seem to realize that most readers of thrillers give highest marks to books without gratuitous sex and violence. If those things are part of the story, OK. But Talty seems to have stuck a couple scenes in there for no good reason, just for the heck of it.

Another scene in BLACK IRISH is a common type in thrillers that aggravate me: a lone person meets the bad guy intentionally and intentionally doesn't tell anyone and then gets into a really bad scrape. Oh please, Stephan, can't you do better than that?

Although BLACK IRISH is lacking in quality, I still think Talty is on the right track. The scenes that make the book unputdownable prove that. And the final outcome, the most important one, is unpredictable.

This is an honest review of an ARC I won from librarything.com.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345538062
Author:
Talty, Stephan
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
mystery;fiction;buffalo;irish;serial killer;thriller
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 1.175 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Talty's first foray into crime fiction, a memorable story of betrayal and vengeance, centers on a working-class Irish enclave in contemporary Buffalo, N.Y. The macabre killing of gas-meter reader Jimmy Ryan brings Det. Absalom 'Abbie' Kearney to South Buffalo (aka 'the County,' as in the 27th county of Ireland), where 'ancestry was everything.' As the adopted daughter of legendary cop John Kearney, Abbie is both an insider and an outsider. More gruesome, carefully staged deaths occur, pointing to members of the secretive, powerful Clan na Gael as targets. Hampered by community distrust, Abbie must dig deeply into long-buried secrets that could endanger her father's life and reputation as well as her own life. Talty (Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day) does a fine job portraying the cohesiveness of the Irish, their loyalty to one another, and their obsession with their history. Agent: Scott Waxman, Waxman Leavell Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In this explosive debut thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water, a brilliant homicide detective returns home, confronting a city’s dark demons and her own past while pursuing a serial killer on a vengeful rampage.

 

When Jimmy Ryan’s mangled corpse is found in a local church basement, the sadistic sacrilege sends a bone-deep chill through winter-whipped Buffalo. But police detective Absalom “Abbie” Kearney also fears the brutal crime is sending a message—one that only the fiercely secretive citizens of the Irish-American neighborhood known as “the County” understand, and one that seems especially tailored for Abbie’s ears. Searching for answers to explain the monstrous act mysteriously leads Abby to her own family’s past. At work, she finds herself stonewalled at every turn by an old-world code of silence and secrecy. And as the grisly murders continue, she must match wits with a maniacal killer bent on exposing the County’s hidden history . . . one bloody body at a time.

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