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.
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