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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephan Talty Narrator: David H. Lawrence XVII Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detective Abbie Kearney Series Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9780804191463
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New York Times bestselling author Stephan Talty’s acclaimed fiction debut, Black Irish,won him comparisons to such thriller masters as Jo Nesbø, Karin Slaughter, and Tana French. Now, his chilling new novel brings back intrepid heroine Absalom Kearney, a driven police detective with a haunted past, trying to make a difference in a troubled town.

Hangman, Hangman, what do you see? Four little girls, as cute as can be.

The eerie schoolyard chant still sends ripples of horror through North Buffalo. Not so long ago, serial killer Marcus Flynn preyed upon the community’s teenaged daughters—until he was cornered and shot in the head. But Flynn lived, carrying to prison the nickname “Hangman,” along with the secret of his last victim’s fate. Homicide detective Abbie Kearney wasn’t around during Hangman’s reign of terror. She hadn’t yet come home to wear her dad’s old badge in the tough Irish-American stronghold known as “the County.” Abbie had never experienced firsthand the horror of Hangman—until now.

Hangman, Hangman, where do they go? Down on the ground, where the daffodils grow.

A corrections officer lies dead, a prison van stands empty … and somewhere out there, the monster who condemned innocents to death at the end of a rope watches and waits to strike again. Abbie leads a desperate manhunt through a city driven to its knees by fear, matching wits with a predator as brilliant as he is elusive. But as more victims are claimed, a rising tide of secrecy, paranoia, and politics forces her to realize that stepping beyond the law may be the only way to find justice. Because with each passing hour, the stakes grow higher—and Hangman’s noose gets tighter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Detective Abbie Kearney is back in this explosive thriller featuring not only a brutal serial killer, but also complex characters. . . . Plot twists will keep readers guessing right up until the grand finale. RT Book Reviews
     
  • [Stephan Talty has] a writerly knack for constructing compulsively readable narratives that can be consumed with considerable velocity and contentment. With flying colors, the fellow passes the ‘what happens next’ test. The Buffalo News
  • An expertly judged dose of adrenaline. Kirkus Reviews
     
  • Stick with this one; it delivers. Booklist
     
  • “Detective Abbie Kearney is back in this explosive thriller featuring not only a brutal serial killer, but also complex characters who are deeply affected by their childhood experiences and their perceived place in society. Abbie grapples with professional and emotional issues when she confronts the reality of just how far she will go to stop the murder spree. Plot twists will keep readers guessing right up until the grand finale.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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About the Author

Stephan Talty is a widely published journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, Time Out New York, Details, and many other publications. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water and Mulatto America: At the Crossroads of Black and White Culture.

About the Narrator

David Harvard Lawrence XVII is an American television and film actor, voice talent, network radio host, internet entrepreneur, podcaster, demo producer, teacher, and author. He is best known for his role as the Puppetmaster on NBC’s sci-fi series Heroes. He was also the host of the David Lawrence Show and weekend Online Tonight, both nationally syndicated radio talk shows that revolved around pop culture and high-tech lifestyle. The “XVII” in his name was a way for Lawrence to distinguish himself from previous David Lawrences already registered with the Screen Actors Guild. At the time, he was the seventeenth David Lawrence listed on IMDB, and appended the number to his name upon his own registry.