Night of the Blackbird
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Night of the Blackbird

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by Heather Graham
     
 

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Moira Kelly has come home to Boston to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with family and friends. The last thing she expects to find in the family pub is the undercurrent of danger as talk turns to politics. All too quickly, Moira finds herself struggling with the anger of her old flame, Dan O'Hara, and the convictions of her new love, Michael McLean. Torn between

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Moira Kelly has come home to Boston to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with family and friends. The last thing she expects to find in the family pub is the undercurrent of danger as talk turns to politics. All too quickly, Moira finds herself struggling with the anger of her old flame, Dan O'Hara, and the convictions of her new love, Michael McLean. Torn between them, she becomes a pawn in a conspiracy that promises to bring the violence and hatred of a different time and place to her own backyard.

This passionate, close-knit community is harboring a traitor. And as the chilling acts of evil unfold around her, Moira must face the fact that a generation is not long enough to soften revenge.

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Publishers Weekly
Graham's powerful romantic thriller (after Night Heat, etc.) offers a cool, reasoned look at how Irish-Americans cope with the violence occurring in their homeland. Kelly's Pub, a family-owned establishment in Boston, is ground central for the Kelly family reunion, a St. Patrick's Day celebration and, quite possibly, a terrorist operation. When a cable TV producer, Moira Kelly, brings her boyfriend, Michael McLean, home to meet her family, she immediately senses that something is amiss. Her brother frequently disappears at all hours of the night to meet with his "associates," her father's best friend gives her cryptic warnings and later turns up dead and her ex-boyfriend, Danny O'Hara, seems to be hiding things from her. To complicate matters further, there's a serial killer on the loose who may be connected to the St. Patrick's Day conspiracy that's brewing at the pub. As the suspense mounts and the number of red herrings rises, Danny works to draw Moira away from her picture-perfect boyfriend and rekindle their old passion. The narrative's high suspense and charismatic characters will engage, but an excess of detail occasionally impedes its momentum. Unlike many romantic suspense novels, however, this gripping tale strikes a perfect balance between romance and intrigue. (Oct.) Forecast: Expect strong sales. Graham (aka Shannon Drake and Heather Graham Pozzessere) is as popular as she is prolific; she's written nearly 100 titles several of which were Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild selections and her first Mira hardcover, Hurricane Bay, is due out in April 2002. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426828645
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
146,424
File size:
437 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She's a winner of the RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, check out her websites: TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com, eHeatherGraham.com, and HeatherGraham.tv. You can also find Heather on Facebook.

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Night of the Blackbird 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Moira Kelley enjoys her New York City lifestyle. She and her partner Josh co-produce a travel show for cable. Moira is also dating Michael McLean, whom she believes is the ideal man for her. After pressure from her mom to come home for St. Patrick's Day, Moira brings her show to her father¿s Boston pub for the Irish holiday.

However, the atmosphere in the pub contains an aura of secretiveness as whispers that her dad¿s place hosts terrorists abound. Inquisitive, Moira begins to make inquiries, but someone tries to frighten her away from learning the truth about a thirst for revenge from a 1977 Ireland incident. Soon a long time customer mysteriously dies. Though scared, she wonders if the culprit is a family member, Michael, or the man she always loved and sadly still does, Danny O¿Hara.

NIGHT OF THE BLACKBIRD is an exciting romantic suspense novel even if it is too easy for Moira to switch her show¿s location to placate her mom. The pub¿s highly charged atmosphere gains control of the reader¿s mind so that the audience will feel they are having a dark beer along with the regulars. In spite of feeling that one is at the pub, fans will not know the identity of the traitor until the end because a myriad of viable suspects exist. Adding depth is Moira¿s struggles with being a second generation Irish-American as pressure from her heritage often battles with her assimilation into America. Though anything smacking of terrorism is difficult to swallow now, Heather Graham provides a robust tale that will please most sub-genre fans.

Harriet Klausner