Black Irish (Abbie Kearney #1)
Absalom “Abbie” Kearney grew up an outsider in her own hometown. Even being the adopted daughter of a revered cop ...more
The Publisher Says: In this explosive debut thriller by the New York Times bestselling 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 Iris ...more
Apparently, Buffalo has the second highest concentration of Irish people in all of the US. Spit on my neck, I was shocked about that tiddly-bit of fact. I've been so conditioned by Ben Affleck to expect a novel like this to be set in Boston. Damn you Affleck!
...okay, he looks real good there, so....forgiven!
Despite being the daughter of a legendary Detec ...more
Absalom "Abbie" Kearney, the protagonist of Stephan Talty's debut thriller "Black Irish", knows this instinctually. Born and raised in the mean streets of south Buffalo, New York---a mean town full of ...more
That is pretty much the message of Black Irish, the new mystery/thriller by author Stephan Talty.
Before one sees the 'two stars' and thinks that this book is a clunker...I want to rest assured that there is a lot in this book that is good.
The setting is interesting and having no knowledge of Buffalo...or of the rampant Irish mob they apparently have there.
Talty's heroine, Absalom Kearney is a brand new police officer to the Buffalo PD. Her adopted fathe ...more
I really came to like the Harvard educated Buffalo police detective, Absalom “Abbie” Kearney. I'd read another of her adventures, if Mr. Talty feels he has one in him.
Ratings: Again... *sigh* I'm vexed by the lack of half stars. If I could, I'd give it 3 ...more
Absalom ( Abbie) Kearney is a cop working for the small enclave dubbed "The County" in Buffalo, New York. Abbie grew up here, but always felt like an outsider. She had been adopted by a highly respected cop in this predomintately Irish community. Abbie's dark hair and translucent skin made her stand out. She worked in Miami for awhile, but has come home to care for her father who has Alzheime ...more
Wow. I need aspirin. I have a tension headache from being so dang tense for most of this book!
This story drove me nuts trying to figure it all out. Lots of twists and turns, page turning thrills, one tough ass heroine and just when you think you have it…whapow, another twist. Great believable characters and a very interesting plot line.
I learned a lot of things about my Irish heritage and the IRA I didn't know. Who had ever heard of the "Clan na Gael" before? The Ir ...more
I read this book over the weekend while on a mini vacation in northern Michigan. However, the vivid and unforgiving description of South Buffalo, NY made me feel like I actually spent my entire weekend there instead.
The premise of the book is that Absalom Kearny, adopted daughter of the legendary cop James Kearny, has returned to South Buffalo after a short career in Miami PD. We are introduced to her life just as she starts investigating a violent murder that occurred in a local church basement...more
I’m of two minds about this novel, a first from this author who has had several previous non-fiction books. It’s a cross between a thriller and a psychological suspense novel. It all takes place in Buffalo, NY – not a city many people know, other than usually driving through it to get to Niagara Falls. In Buffalo, there is, apparently, an Irish district known as The County. The Irish majority there keeps to themselves and imposes their own moral code on ...more
He introduces us to a specific community and a cast of characters that feel real. Talty paints a detailed picture which depicts an insular community within a city struggling to find its footing after the heyday of its industrial past. In addition to the murders and the ongoing investigation, we are treated to descriptive passages that paint a larger picture and set t ...more
The book suffers when it gets trapped into, and mired in, the Procedural Thriller Cliche of This Time It's Personal. I'll be honest. I read thrillers because it's like a cryptogram or word search in narrative form. I like solving the puzzles. I could quite honestly give zero rats' asses for ...more
When I read Dennis Lehane's fiction, set in gritty neighborhoods of working-class Boston, I feel intrigued - I admire the sense of belonging, tough as it is. Stephen Talty has created a Buffalo that I have neither interest nor admiration for - it's dark, cruel, and unremittingly cold. He seems to hate this place, and after reading 'Black Irish', I hate it too.
His lead detective is beautiful & conflicted. Her partner is loyal and believes in her. The community closes against her. Yadda yad ...more
The book has a very exciting last 20%. It is also very well written and the dialogue is crisp.
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Contains NO spoilers
THE GIST: A deep and gritty look at the Irish American community in Buffalo New York, set around several gruesome serial killings that kept me up at night reading under the light of the moon. This page-turner had me white knuckling my Kindle during some of the most gruesome murder scenes I have read in a while. My stomach literally twisting in knots with ...more
Enter Absolam "Abbie" K ...more
Granted, BLACK IRISH deserves praise for being unputdownable at certain points. That's the mark of a good thriller.
But it also makes mistakes common to thrillers that fail for anyon ...more
Buffalo’s South area is known as the “twenty-seventh county” (there are twenty-six counties in Ireland) or “the County,” for all of the Irish Americans who reside there, descendents of Irish immigrants of long ago. “The County” is a rough area which has deteriorated over time, but its residents ...more
The thing that sold me on it was that I am married into the Irish cop sce ...more
This book is so very awesome it has you on the edge of your seat from the very first page. It opens at the church with the murder of Jimmy. Young homicide Det. Abbie is sent to investigate as she is county. ( Black Irish) She has hair of solid dark black . Abbie grew up there went to church at St Teresa's.Then before you know it more people are being murde ...more
To add insult to injury, there’s a serial killer loose in Buffalo and Abbie is assigned to find him. Unfortunately, every where she turns is a dead end.
This book was, by far, unnecessarily gruesome as if ...more
Talty began as 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 author of t ...more