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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.