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The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen
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May 01, 2010

bookshelves: 2010-audio-books, 2010-mysteries
Read in April, 2010

The Magdalen Martyrs, by Ken Bruen, A-minus. Narrated by Gerry O’Brien, produced by Isis Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Jack Taylor is embittered, sober but just barely keeping sober, and has decided to give up the “finding” business. But he is asked by the local “hard guy” to whom he owes a favor, to find a nun, referred to as a saint, who helped women prisoners assigned to the laundry. But the nun was a sadist who greatly hurt people. Jack feels he is being set up because the nun was not that hard to find. At the same time he is hired by a man to track down his step-mother whom he believes killed his father. Jack finds her too and is drawn into her web. He faces the usual danger and betrayal. O’Brien is very good with the narration of these books. In this one particularly, the reader had the idea that he was just sitting in your living room telling you a story and being introspective about himself. You almost expected to hear the lighter go off and have a cigarette lit right there. It’s a wonderful talent O’Brien has to make this character so real.


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