Burden of Truth

Burden of Truth

by Terri Nolan
     
 

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For reporter Birdie Keane, someone else’s worst day can be her best. This time both days belong to her.

When investigative journalist Birdie Keane last saw the love of her life—LAPD cop Matt Whelan—she was caught in his passionate embrace, looking forward to a future with him and free from her alcohol addiction. The next day,

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For reporter Birdie Keane, someone else’s worst day can be her best. This time both days belong to her.

When investigative journalist Birdie Keane last saw the love of her life—LAPD cop Matt Whelan—she was caught in his passionate embrace, looking forward to a future with him and free from her alcohol addiction. The next day, Matt is dead.

Suspicious of Matt’s supposedly accidental drug over-dose, Birdie follows the twisting trail of clues he left behind. Each stunning revelation brings her closer to the dark past of the man she thought she knew. Was he a dirty cop? Did he know the truth about a cold case she’s currently researching?

When Birdie uncovers what Matt was hiding, she must make an impossible choice. But the deeper the secret, the higher the price, and Birdie must face the ultimate betrayal she never saw coming.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Best-selling true crime writer Elizabeth "Birdie" Keane has had severe writer's block since she stopped drinking some 240 days earlier. But what has never wavered in her life is her longstanding love for LAPD officer Matt Whelan. When he dies, apparently of an accidental drug overdose, Birdie's gut reaction is "not possible." She sets out to ascertain what Matt was trying to tell her in the last few days of his life. Well, this is just the beginning of a very wild ride through the streets of Los Angeles. Conspiracy doesn't begin to describe the situation that engulfed Matt's undercover work, and that now has its hooks in Birdie. VERDICT With enough characters and plot twists to fill an entire TV series season, Nolan's debut mystery doesn't hold back. Suffused with Irish Catholicism, her cop melodrama makes for an addictive read. Birdie's not particularly likeable and most characters are one-dimensional, but what a bang-up plot! Think Mario Puzo goes Irish.
Kirkus Reviews
When a cop is rumored to have turned rogue before his death, the love of his life has to find the truth to clear his name. Birdie Keane has been crazy for cop Matt Whelan since she was 15 and he was about twice that. She knows he feels the same way but is astonished when, on her 30th birthday, he finally makes it clear that he wants them to be together. In the past, the biggest obstacles were Linda, now his ex-wife, and the disapproval from their closely linked families. Now that he's apparently gotten over them, Birdie immediately agrees to be with Matt even though it means breaking the heart of her steadfast boyfriend, George. The next day, she receives a shocking phone call from the coroner: Matt's dead body has been found. Birdie knows it must be murder even though the evidence points to suicide. Since the police won't investigate a suicide, Birdie, consummate investigative journalist that she is, gets ready to find out the truth for herself. She suspects that what's happened is related to a murder at Paige Street and a cop gone wrong. As she uncovers secrets, Birdie gets herself into enough trouble to require rescue efforts by Deputy Detective Ron Hughes, who sees himself as a possible new man for Birdie. What she learns shocks her and makes her realize that Matt's absence from her life may have been his way of saving her from the truth. Nolan packs quite a twist in her debut, but Birdie's tour through pedophilia and rampant homophobia will make this a tough tale for many readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738735825
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Series:
Birdie Keane Series, #1
Pages:
375
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Terri Nolan (Southern California) earned a BA in radio/television from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a freelance crime reporter and her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Murder in La La Land.

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