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Black Irish: A Novel by [Talty, Stephan]
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*Starred Review* Detective Absalom Kearny of the Buffalo (NY) PD is caring for her aged, adoptive father, John, a legendary, former detective himself. Smart and driven, Abbie is seen by fellow cops as a rising star. But she may be too driven, and the savage torture-murder of Jimmy Ryan, a resident of the city’s clannish Irish enclave, “the County,” drives her toward obsession. More grisly murders occur, and even though Abbie grew up in the County, no one will talk with her, even though many know what is happening; the County avenges its own. Talty, author of several lauded nonfiction books (Agent Garbo, 2012), has produced a suspenseful debut novel with a circuitous plot. Abbie is a wonderfully complex and conflicted character, but it is the County—which may exist in Buffalo and certainly exists in other northeastern cities—that shines brightest. It’s a place where a boy whose people came from Mayo isn’t allowed to date a Kilkenny girl, and its residents share an “ancestral memory of being oppressed in a country they’d never been to.” Economically ravaged Buffalo is portrayed in broader brushstrokes, but the sense of place is palpably evocative. Black Irish is simply a riveting read. --Thomas Gaughan

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“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

Product details

  • File Size: 2968 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JU6TXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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