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Black Irish - A Novel

Stephan Talty

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 .

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 .
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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 .

Language:

English

Narrators:

David H. Lawrence XVII

Length:

10h 2m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:17


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:13


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:11


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:08


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:21


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:08


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:01


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:41


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:17


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:16


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:36


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:03


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:17


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:33


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:41


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:36


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:51


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:55


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:28