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Black Irish: A Novel

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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Unique 290 page book

This 290 page, free book is unique. It has an unusual plot. The editing is 95% correct, which is nice. There is some rather tame sex, quite a few curse words, there are a few mentions of religion. The murders are extremely violent with lots of very graphic detail. This ...
This 290 page, free book is unique. It has an unusual plot. The editing is 95% correct, which is nice. There is some rather tame sex, quite a few curse words, there are a few mentions of religion. The murders are extremely violent with lots of very graphic detail. This author can make the reader envision the murder scenes as if he/she were standing there, watching the carnage occur. The details of a death in a park horrified me. It was terrible and realistic. There is animal multulation, child abuse in its many forms, corrupt officals and kidnapping. I enjoyed this book very much. It kept me guessing to the end. The main character is a Irish, female detective, she has a strong persona, yet is feminine. This novel is a murder mystery. It is not a romance, although there are relationships. Men and women, who love intense, noir, murder mysteries will enjoy this novel. It is one of the better books, I have read this year. Be warned though, the violence really is graphic. For adults.

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2 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Hm

A skylander? I would way rather be a pokemon trainer :)

posted by Anonymous on March 13, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Hm

    A skylander? I would way rather be a pokemon trainer :)

    2 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

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    Black Irish - Stellar Debut Novel This review first appeared at

    Black Irish - Stellar Debut Novel

    This review first appeared at Chorley Chronicals.
    I have found that topics of books written by male author's don't seem to garner as much of my attention as those of female author's do, and I think, more or less, that was the case with this book. It surely had to be a man that came up with a story about the Irish Catholics of New York!! 




    The narrator, David H. Lawrence XVII, seemed to be one of the most professional and seasonal narrator's that I have ever listened to, and especially lately, I have listened to a lot of audio books! He truly did a phenomenal job of narrating this book and capturing the very essence that Stephan Talty meant to capture when writing Black Irish!




    I feel like sometimes, mystery books seem to always follow the same type of theme or story, and I must admit, that although it wasn't my most favorite plot, it was a very unique plot that I don't think you're going to find in any other book! It was full of mystery and was very difficult to try and predict what the ending was going to be, and never in my life would I have guessed that it would have ended the way that it did, and who the serial killer was!




    Talty hit me in the heart when he designed the main character, Absalom Kearney.  There's nothing that I like more than a strong, independent woman, who can hold her own, maybe even more than the men she's around, and isn't afraid to show them or tell them that she can.  She proves to be an excellent cop in a land where female cops are very blatantly not welcome and I loved that!  I also enjoyed listening to the budding relationship between Abbie and her father, that she seemed ever so desperate to achieve, after, as I interpreted, she had failed a child!




    I did start to listen to this book about a year ago, and according to my Goodreads progress, I had gotten 38% into it, but I have absolutely no recollection of ever listening to any of it, so after listening to it this time, I can only figure that I just wasn't in the mood to listen at that time (I actually took about a 3 month hiatus from listening to audio books shortly thereafter), because I didn't have one bit of problem listening to it this go around!  As a matter of fact, I felt like it really took off from the very beginning and kept me interested throughout!




    Overall, this book didn't have me screaming from the mountain top that this was my most favorite book that I have ever read in the world, however, I wasn't disappointed that I had read it!  As a matter of fact, I will read the next book that also stars Abbie (although I haven't pinpointed if this is becoming a series or not!) when it is released this Spring!  The only reason I only gave it 3 of 5 bookworms is because the subject at hand was not my favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Black Irish

    Really good read, with a strong female lead caracter. If you enjoy cop novels, this is a book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This is not a mystery that one automatically figures out-have to wait until the end and the surprise--enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Interesting light reading.

    Interesting characters. Interaction between father and daughter was a little strange, but taken in context was finally resolved. Fast reading.

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