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The Trust

(Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,501 ratings  ·  367 reviews
The newest novel from the author of Once We Were Brothers finds private investigator Liam Taggart returning to his childhood home for an uncle's funeral, only to discover his death might not have been natural.

When his uncle dies, Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral—a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Ginger Pollard I'm about 100 pages in, and yes, it's definitely a stand alone. It's great!

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Diane S ☔
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liam Taggert hasn't been back to his home in Ireland for seen years. He became estranged from his family, the aunt and uncle who raised him, feeling betrayed when they found out what his actual job was. It was the time of the Trouble, an intense time, a time when nothing could he counted on and there was danger everywhere. Now married, with a young son, he returns to Ireland, after a phone call from his cousin Janie, informing him his Uncle's had passed. What he finds in Ireland, opens them all ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Liam Taggart is a PI, after having spent 6 or so years in the CIA. Five of those years were undercover in Northern Ireland, spying on the Nationalists, including members of his own family. Needless to say, when they discovered his clandestine operation, he was bid a not so fond farewell. Now, 16 years later, his uncle is dead and he's invited back for the funeral. Turns out, his uncle was murdered and some of the family want his help finding the killer.

The uncle was expecting to be killed and h
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Being away from Ireland for 16 years had not eased the feelings a few of Liam Taggert's cousins had for him.

Liam had moved to Chicago from Ireland 16 years ago on bad terms, and now that his uncle had been murdered, he returned for the funeral.

What Liam returned to was his being chosen as the Trustee of his uncle's will and a task that was both dangerous for Liam as well as his family. There were a lot of stipulations set in the last will and testament for distribution of the estate as well as
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Five top reasons you should read the Trust by Ronald H. Balson:

1. You love a good setting and what could be better than the lush land of Ireland?
2. Characters that are fleshed out, captivating and completely complex but still down to earth and believable.
3. You love a good murder mystery.
4. You like a little bit of history mixed in with your fiction. I love how this story interwove the mystery of Liam's uncles death and the horrible chaos and strife that still runs rampant through Ireland.
5. Y
If you ask my opinion, this novel could easily have been at least one hundred pages shorter. Of all the characters trying to solve the mystery and catch the killer going on a killing spree, none have the ability to think rationally. Maybe Catherine could be a better PI than Liam who is lost and whiny for more than half the novel. The premise of the novel is great; too bad the characters ruined it.

For starters, Liam, allegedly the great PI, has missed it grandly with his instincts. Although he h
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex CIA agent and private investigator Liam has been asked to return home to Northern Ireland for his uncle Fergus’s funeral. He reluctantly goes even though he has been estranged from his long-distance family due to a significant betrayal 16 years prior. Upon arrival, he learns his uncle died under mysterious circumstances and that he has been named Trustee. He agrees to stick around and investigate the murder and in doing so, uncovers a tumultuous past and family conflict. The Trust has rich, c ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads, mystery
I won an ARC of this book in a goodreads drawing.

Private Eye Liam Taggart is called back to Northern Ireland after his uncle dies, and leaves Liam in charge of his trust. The will states that nobody gets anything until the uncle's murder is found. Liam starts poking around and finds links to his and his family's past, not to mention a lot of danger.

Pretty decent.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the first book I have read in this series. It can be read as a stand alone novel. However, for me, I think having not read the prior novels hurt me a little. Not in the sense of taking anything away from the storyline but more in character development and connection. I did not feel a close connection towards Liam or any of the other characters that much. Therefore, I struggled to stay emotionally invested in this book. Additionally, I found that the storyline seemed to move slowly. Altho ...more
Jen (Book Den)
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copy, mystery
This was my first Liam and Catherine book. It's the fourth in the series, but the Trust can definitely be read as a stand alone novel.

I really liked the characters of Liam and Catherine. Their happy marriage/family life was refreshing. I also enjoyed the not-so-happy dynamics between Liam and the family he left behind in Ireland. Liam was shunned from his family 16 years ago after they discovered he was a spy for the CIA. His uncle has now passed away, and Liam must return to the family as the t
Judy Collins
International bestselling author, Ronald H. Balson returns with his powerful Liam and Catherine series, following (2016) Carolina’s Twins (#3), (2015) Saving Sophie (#2), and Once We Were Brothers (#1) with THE TRUST — (#4) A riveting murder mystery mixed with history, and dark family secrets, set in Northern Ireland.

Liam Taggart a private investigator receives the news his uncle has died and gets called away to attend the funeral. His childhood home in Northern Ireland. He has not return
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Unlike the previous three books in this series, which have Catherine as the protagonist, Balson's fourth book is really about Liam, and his life growing up in Northern Ireland. After his father and sister were killed in a Catholic-Protestant feud, Liam was raised by his uncle Fergus and his pseudo-wife, Deirdre. When Liam's role as a CIA mole became known, he and his uncle exchanged harsh words and did not speak for 16 years. Then his uncle is murdered, and Liam travels back to Ireland for the f ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are so many good things going on in this book. I sped right through it. Not only was there suspense, action, and great plot twists, you also got to learn a little history of the "Troubles" in Ireland.

I went back and forth guessing the suspect so many times I thought I would get dizzy. Always a good thing when you are reading a "Whodunit".

I really grew to like Liam and his family and I was a little sad when it was over.

A great read with action, suspense, great character development, history
Claire Klein
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is one that is difficult to put down. Liam Taggart, who was introduced in the book Once We Were Brothers, returns to Northern Ireland to attend the funeral of his beloved uncle Fergus. Once he gets there he is told that he has be named by his uncle as the executor of his uncle's estate which has been put into a trust. None of the other family members are allowed to know the contents of the trust, which causes much friction. It soon becomes obvious that someone wants to kill the members ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A brilliant book. Such a really well written, strong thriller that beautifully portrays Northern Ireland's rich culture, family values and violent past. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phew! Finished just in the nick of time! The author, Ron Balson, is coming to my house in two days to join my bookclub in discussing this book! How cool is that?!?! Thank YOU Stacy Lipshutz for entering my name as the winning ticket in the raffle that I will always remember as one of my most embarrassing moments. I was a little worried at first as this is not my genre of choice. I will say though that it sucked me in very quickly. I was sure to pay close attention at the beginning when all the h ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Karolina's Twins and Once We Were Brothers, I was excited to see another book featuring Liam and Catherine. This one was centered around Northern Ireland’s sectarian wars, which I admit I really knew very little about other than remembering the violence of the period. In previous books, Liam and Catherine were active in investigating secrets for other families. This time the mystery revolves around Liam's family and subsequently putting everyone in the Taggart ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Solid effort plot-wise but nearly as strong as his others. I give it two and a half stars. But .......

This book gets one star for its accurate representation of modern Northern Ireland (and maybe past for that, too). It takes more than 200 pages to acknowledge that the Troubles was not a religious dispute. I also felt that modern Belfast and the rest of the country was not true. I’d suspect someone from Northern Ireland to disagree with many of the items he casually describes in this book. And,
Linda Zagon
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing and captivating novel,"The Trust" by Ronald H. Balson is. Ronald H. Balson is the author of "Once We Were Brothers" and "Karolina's Twins." If you are a Ronald  H. Balson fan, this latest novel will not disappoint.   The genres of this novel are Fiction, and Mystery.

The author describes his characters as complicated and complex. The two main characters, Private Investigator Liam Taggert and his Attorney wife Catherine are involved in this novel. Liam gets a phone call that his Un
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really liked the concept of this book, and the first third of the book was alright while it was setting up the story. But then it just...stalled. I thought the author's efforts to advance the story were for the most part unoriginal and repetitive. The other thing, which probably bothered me more than anything, was the protagonist was supposed to be some sort of ace investigator. He never lived up to that in my estimation. He came off more as indecisive, not incredibly motivated and shortsighte ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What better way is there to spend a Saturday then spending it with Liam and Catherine in Ron Balson's newest mystery! He did it again. It's another page turner and even when you think it's over - just wait a few pages - there's more. If you are a Ron Balson fan you will enjoy reading Liam and Catherine's latest adventure which is set mostly in Ireland, while learning a bit about Ireland's history and The Troubles - their civil war that lasted for thirty years and just ended in the late 90s. If y ...more
Lelia Taylor
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

Every now and then, a novel (or a movie) comes out in which an inheritance is withheld until a certain monumental task is completed. In the case of The Trust, that task involves solving a crime, a murder, and our hero, private investigator Liam Taggart, is perforce right in the middle of everything and it's a most uncomfortable place to be.

Years ago, Liam had been an agent for the CIA and spent some time in Northern Ireland watching some of his own family, eventually leading to a deep e
Christle Southall
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was just O.K. to me--intriguing enough to complete the book, but not with the same eagerness to have to story unfold as I did in book one of the series. This book is book #4 in the Liam Taggert series ( I did not know that from the outset) You need not read the previous novels to get to know the characters. However, the story line was not as compelling to me as it should have been. A murder mystery that reads like an old "B" movie--where the "crack" P.I. makes a number of missteps and ...more
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
I figured out too late that The Trust is 4th in a series after I was about 1/3 of the way in. I’d like to go back and pick up books 1-3 but the book wasn’t so riveting that I have to put them on my list next week. Liam Taggert returns to Northern Ireland, where he lived for several years during his childhood, to attend his uncle’s funeral. After the funeral he discovers that he has been named the Trustee if his uncle’s estate. The history of “the troubles”, the conflict between the Protestants a ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liam Taggart left his family in Ireland on bad terms sixteen years ago. His job with the CIA meant he was having to basically spy on his family to get information to prevent innocent deaths. Then he gets the call that his Uncle Fergus has died and he needs to come back to Ireland for the funeral. When he gets there, he discovers his Uncle was murdered. Not only that, he was afraid he would be murdered and has left his entire estate to a trust that he wants Liam to manage until his killer is foun ...more
Good Book Fairy
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
The Trust is a mystery that pits the members of an Irish family against one another, as they eagerly await money after their patriarch’s death. The money, property, stocks and deeds are held in trust until certain conditions are met; thus the name of the novel. This book is a departure from Balson’s other books, mostly due to its setting in Ireland. Although Liam, the P.I. and Catherine, the attorney are in Balson’s prior novels, this book can certainly stand on its own.

I enjoyed learning about
J.S. Dunn
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.0 / 2.5
A commercial page-turner for its pacing and plot mechanics,
but not satisfying as to content if one has lived in the emerald isle. Lack of accurate detail , lack of adequate detail. After a few lame attempts to convey Irish speech mannerisms, that too is abandoned. It appears someone relied overly on having a Yank readership that wouldn't know any better rather than doing the hard work of getting the world-building right. Eg, calling a barrister in northern Ireland a lawyer. It simply wo
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you St Martin's Press for the advanced
Copy of The Trust. A typical family finds themselves in an untypical situation as a Liam is placed in charge of a secret trust that is locked. The key is finding the murderer of his Uncle Fergus. As deception, greed, love, and betrayal "line up" to keep the trust locked, Liam must unravel family secrets. Secrets better left in the past. Will Liam be successful, what will it cost him? Read The Trust and decide if the journey for Liam is worth the price
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
The Trust: A Novel (Liam and Catherine #4)
by Ronald H. Balson

The newest novel from the author of Once We Were Brothers finds private investigator Liam Taggart returning to his childhood home for an uncle's funeral, only to discover his death might not have been natural.

When his uncle dies, Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral—a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation with his family, never to look back. But when he arrive
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am excited to meet and discuss this book with author, Ronald Balson. While at first I did not want to read it (no interest in Irish history?), I finally picked it up and it captured my attention almost immediately. Balson has such an easy way of getting you to care about his characters and doesn't let you forget the details along the way. I really enjoyed this book and thank Cheri Brill for winning this amazing prize!(P.S. Thank goodness this bonus snow day allowed me to finish it so quickly!)
Kathleen Gray
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The question in this mystery is less who is the murderer than why the victim was murdered. Fergus was a wily one- and the fact that he set up a trust and got his nephew Liam Taggart back to Northern Ireland to sort things out makes for a good read. Balson revisits the violence of Northern Ireland in the 1970s. The anger continues to simmer among and around this family. Liam, as in Once We Were Brothers, is a smart, sometimes smart aleck investigator. Liam works methodically through the suspects ...more
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When he’s not writing books, Ron is a practicing attorney with the firm of Stone, Pogrund & Korey in Chicago. He has been a civil litigation attorney for forty-three years. He was an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business for twenty-five years and was a frequent lecturer in the federal bar certification course and in trial advocacy seminars. ...more

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