Irish Eyes (Callahan Garrity Series #8)

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Ex-cop Callahan Garrity was more than happy to leave the Atlanta P.D. behind her to start her own business ? the House Mouse cleaning service ? and to indulge in a bit of freelance private investigation on the side. However, she owes too much to her former partner, Bucky Deavers, to refuse his request that she accompany him to the department's annual St. Patrick's Day bash. But the celebrating ends abruptly ? and badly ? when Bucky is shot during an apparent liquor store robbery...

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Overview

Ex-cop Callahan Garrity was more than happy to leave the Atlanta P.D. behind her to start her own business — the House Mouse cleaning service — and to indulge in a bit of freelance private investigation on the side. However, she owes too much to her former partner, Bucky Deavers, to refuse his request that she accompany him to the department's annual St. Patrick's Day bash. But the celebrating ends abruptly — and badly — when Bucky is shot during an apparent liquor store robbery while they're on the way home.

Callahan is devastated — and the talk that perhaps Bucky was "dirty" only intensifies her pain. Now, with the help of her feisty "Mice," she's determined to find the culprit and clear her friend's name, even if it means piercing the veil of secrecy surrounding an Irish fraternal police organization that might be brewing up something far more lethally potent than green beer.

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Snooper
Original and suspenseful. . . Irish Eyes is the best of the bunch.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Atlanta PI and former police officer Callahan Garrity displays her usual pluck in the eighth outing of this warm-hearted series. On the way home from a St. Patrick's Day party, Garrity and Bucky Deavers, her partner on the robbery squad from her days on the force, stumble on a liquor store holdup. Bucky is shot in the head while a key witness, the liquor store cashier, flees the scene with her screaming baby. Garrity has her work cut out for her. Bucky, like many underpaid cops, has been moonlighting--as a security guard for the owner of the store where the robbery took place--and the police suspect him of having been involved in the crime. To clear her former partner, who lies close to death in the hospital, and to locate the missing witness, Garrity enlists the aid of the Shamrock Society, whose members include ex-cops from the Atlanta neighborhood where she grew up; she also calls upon two elderly sisters who work for House Mouse, the cleaning business Garrity runs to pay the rent. After another cop is shot, Garrity begins to suspect that something is rotten at the Atlanta P.D. Meanwhile, her current love, Mac MacAuliffe, is contemplating a job offer in Nashville. Trocheck skillfully blends family, generational, ethnic, racial, medical and criminal conflicts into her Irish stew. Her Garrity is an appealing heroine, hard-working and principled, while Bucky is just one of many well-drawn members of the community of family and friends for whom she gives her all in this satisfying tale. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
The Snooper
Original and suspenseful Irish Eyes is the best of the bunch.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A dark tragedy of betrayal and corruption. . . . I highly recommend it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061098697
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: Callahan Garrity Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kay Andrews

MARY KAY ANDREWS is the author of nine bestselling novels and ten critically acclaimed mysteries. A former reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biography

In In 2003, a writer named Mary Kay Andrews burst on the book scene with an entertaining, lighthearted confection entitled Savannah Blues. Hailed as a promising debut, the book received positive reviews; but not everyone realized it was actually the work of journalist-turned-novelist Kathy Hogan Trocheck, author of a bestselling mystery series begun in 1990 and featuring ex-cop-turned P.I. Callahan Garrity.

Trocheck explained in an interview with Reading Group Guides.com the reason for adopting a pseudonym (derived, by the way, from combining the names of her two children): "Because Blues is so different from my Callahan books, I wanted a chance to try for a whole new group of readers, people who like women's fiction, Southern fiction, and still, mysteries. That Mary Kay is a pseudonym for Kathy Hogan Trocheck is not a secret from my fans."

Savannah Blues introduced readers to Eloise "Weezie" Foley, whose marriage to the wealthy Talmadge Evans III suffers a fatal blow when he announces he is in love with someone else. When Talmadge's mistress moves into his Savannah mansion, it's the backyard carriage house for Weezie, who soon begins to devise a plan to get revenge on her cheating hubby. Blues may have been a marked departure from Trocheck's grittier early work, but it was a rousing success on all fronts. Publishers Weekly hailed it as "delightfully breezy, richly atmospheric" and Kirkus reviews called it "pure fun."

Soon, Mary Kay Andrews had assumed a life of her own. A year later, she published Little Bitty Lies, followed in 2005 by the joyfully wacky New York Times bestseller Hissy Fit. Having revisited the world of her irresistible protagonist Weezie Foley twice more in Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, Andrews continues to craft her winning brand of witty, Southern-fried fiction -- much to the delight of her many fans.

Good To Know

When Andrews was a journalist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she covered the famous "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" murder case.

As Kathy Hogan Trocheck, Andrews's mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards.

When she isn't writing, Mary Kay Andrews lectures and teaches at writing workshops.

A few fun outtakes from our interview with Andrews:

"When I finish writing a book, I always celebrate with my favorite junk foods: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Wink grapefruit soda."

"I have no sense of direction and am incapable of reading a map."

"I'm a charter member of the Salty Dog chapter of the Andy Griffith Show Re-run Watchers club."

"I love afternoon naps, junking, reading, cooking with my husband, anything with avocados, English Setters, old movies, anything blue and white. I hate shopping for clothes, cigarette smoke, math, magic, mimes, scary movies, and Star Trek re-runs."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Kathy Hogan Trocheck (real name)
    2. Hometown:
      Atlanta, Georgia
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 27, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tampa, Florida
    1. Education:
      B.A. in newspaper journalism, University of Georgia, 1976
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Chapter One

One of my clients, who has superb taste in these things (he's gay), gives me a bottle of Bushmills for Christmas every year, and every year I hoard it until the afternoon of St. Patrick's Day.

At six o'clock on the afternoon of the appointed day, I took the bottle down from its hiding place in the cupboard over the refrigerator. I set two Waterford tumblers square in the middle of the scarred oak kitchen table. I poured a fingerful of whiskey for Edna, my mother, who drinks hers neat, and one for myself, on the rocks with a little water. Solemnly, we clinked glasses.

"Selah!" said Edna.

"Back at ya," I said.

She dealt herself a hand of solitaire. I went to the kitchen counter and fiddled with the radio until I found WABE, the local National Public Radio affiliate. Usually, we listen to the news this time of day, but today I was hunting for the station's annual all-Irish program.

As soon as I sat down I had to jump back up and turn off the radio. They were playing "Danny Boy."

Edna gave me a quizzical look.

"Not that one," I said. "It's too early in the day. It always makes you cry."

She nodded thoughtfully. "You could be right. It's better to work up to all these things." She slapped a row of cards facedown on the table. "Although," she added, "all those lousy songs get to me."

"They remind you of Daddy?"

She sighed. "He sure loved St. Patrick's Day. Remember?"

"How could I forget? He used to make us dress all in green, head to toe. Then drag us over to Christ the King for Mass with the archbishop."

"You kids marched in that parade every year from the time you were babies,"Edna said. "One year one of the Meehans brought a goat cart into town. You remember that? We piled all you kids in a damn goat cart and your daddy walked on one side of you and Billy Meehan walked on the other side, both of them grinning like idiots, and that goat prancing down Pharr Road like some kind of fine Arabian stallion."

"I remember being in a cart," I said. "The goat had a little straw hat with an Irish flag sticking out of the top. And Daddy bought us hot chocolate because it was so cold that day. And Maureen threw up all over my green plaid skirt, the little snot."

"She always did have a weak stomach," Edna said, smiling. "Go ahead and turn the radio back on. Maybe they'll play ‘McNamara's Band.'"

But they were playing "Rose of Tralee," and Edna's eyes got suspiciously moist, so that she had to duck into the bathroom because, she claimed, she'd dribbled something down the front of her blouse. But she didn't come back for another five minutes, and when she did, she hadn't bothered to change her blouse, so I knew it was a ruse.

It started raining around six-thirty, softly at first. But soon rain started coming down in slashing gusts. I was standing at the back door, looking out at the lightning flashing and dancing on the horizon, when somebody banged at the front door.

Edna looked up from her cards. "Get that, would you?"

I almost didn't recognize our visitor, he was so changed from the last time I'd seen him.

Six-four, with dark hair slicked back from his forehead and a pair of stylish horned-rim glasses, he looked like a mutual-fund banker, not the slapdash cop I'd known for fifteen years or more.

"Bucky?"

Bucky Deavers pushed past me into the hallway. "Christ! It's coming down in buckets out there."

He stood there, dripping rain onto the floor, until I came to my senses and took his coat. Under the raincoat he wore a forest green blazer, pleated khaki slacks, a crisp white shirt, and a shamrock-print necktie. He had a sprig of heather pinned to his jacket lapel.

"Very nice," I said, motioning for him to turn around, which he did, ending with a little mock curtsy. "Is this another of your phases?"

"We're going to a party," he said, grinning.

"We? Who we?"

"We, as in you and me," he said.

The last party we'd been to together was a Halloween frolic at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, where he'd gone as Jackie Kennedy in drag.

"Where's your pink pillbox hat?" I asked.

"At the dry cleaner's," he said. "Blood spatters are hell to get out of pink. Come on, Garrity. Get going. We're late already."

"What kind of party?" I wanted to know.

"Whaddya mean, what kind of party? Did you just resign from the Irish race, Garrity? It's St. Patrick's Day."

"I know what day it is," I said. "And that's why I'm staying home, where it's safe. You know my policy about this, Bucky."

"Yeah, yeah," he said, waving his hand dismissively. "St. Patrick's Day is amateur night. You wouldn't be caught dead in Buckhead, yada, yada, yada. But that's okay. We're not going anywhere near Buckhead. So get dressed, would you?"

I looked down at my blue jeans and my blue work shirt. "Supposing I were to go to this party with you. What's wrong with what I've got on?"

He shook his head sadly. "It's a party, for Christ's sake. You look like a refugee from a hippie commune. Come on, Garrity. You've got a pair of world-class gams under those jeans. Throw on a dress or skirt or something, would you? Something green, preferably."

I narrowed my eyes. "What's the deal here, Bucky? Since when do you care how I dress?"

He pushed me down the hall toward the kitchen. . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Heart wrenching - True friendship

    Great story about good friends who don't quit looking for the answer. Intrigue, suspense, multi-tier relationships. This story challenges the reader to stay focused trying to figure out what the back story is, how the many character relationships work, and whatntue friendship is about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    Still Capturing The Reader's Attention

    I have read all of Mrs. Trocheks' books. I hae thoroughly enjoyed them all. I am from Atlanta and met her several years ago. Callahan's character is easy to follow. I really enjoy his reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Good story plot

    The story plot was good but I can do without the vulgar language. I was disappointed in that aspect of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Love it!

    I've read several of Andrews' books, loved them all. This one has a different flavor than the others, but still good. Held my interest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    recommended

    As with all books by this author, very enjoyable, fast moving, all and all, entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    Irish Attitude

    From the first word to the last, Kathy Hogan Trocheck has you locked in to her book, Irish Eyes. This powerful novel is set in an Irish area in Atlanta, Georgia. Callahan Garrity, a former cop, and an existing PI decides to investigate the shooting of her friend Bucky Deavers, whether the cops want her to or not. This creates problems between the feisty PI and the hard-nosed cops. Things really get stirred up when she gets into some of their business that they don¿t want anyone to know about. Irish Eyes has a vast number of characters, all with some type of problem. The conflict is mostly between Callahan and the Irish police. Callahan quit the police force months before Bucky got shot, but she still has her PI¿s license. Bucky Deavers, a long time friend of Callahan¿s, is shot in the liquor store, the Budget Bottle Shop, on the way home from a St. Paddy¿s Day bash he took Callahan to. Callahan is in the car half asleep when he is shot, but she is awakened by the sound of a gunshot. The only witness to the shooting is a girl, Deecie Styles. She is the clerk at the Budget Bottle Shop. Before the police can arrive at the scene, she takes off with the security camera, and some money from the safe. Later, Callahan finds out that some police are involved in robberies around the area, stealing money from storeowners who are making deposits of large amounts of cash. This makes more problems for Callahan. Now Callahan has to fight to find the truth in a group of lies, and liars. Kathy Hogan Trocheck tosses in complex and simple characters into her novel. All are realistic and each intrigues you even more to read this fascinating novel. They give detail to the mystery of the shooting. Callahan is a noble person in this novel, always trying to fight for the truth. The ¿bad seeds¿ in this novel are some of the police. They are against Callahan every step of the way, trying to get her to leave the case alone, because they believe that Bucky is part of the robbing spree, and they think that¿s why he was shot. Callahan soon finds out that people she thought were her friends are now really her enemies. The theme of this novel is revealed bit-by-bit throughout the novel, which is good because it keeps you turning the pages just to find out what happens next. The mystery of this novel is strong. One character can make you believe you know who did it, but then on the next page there is another to make you change you mind again. The mystery of this novel is very effective. You will be caught in a whirlwind of characters, strange turns, and unbelievable happenings. Irish Eyes, so named because the story is told through the eyes of an Irish woman, Callahan Garrity. The novel deals with the actions of the Irish police, and what Callahan sees them do through her own ¿Irish eyes¿. This novel will get you locked into the action, the mystery, the bewilderment, and the sadness. This novel will appeal to anyone who loves mysteries with a hint of action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    Loved It!

    I am a retired police officer, and I really enjoyed this book. I could Identify with the story in a big way.

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