Hangman: A Novel

Hangman: A Novel

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by Stephan Talty
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Stephan Talty’s acclaimed fiction debut, Black Irish, won him comparisons to such thriller masters as Jo Nesbø, Karin Slaughter, and Tana French. Now, his chilling new novel brings back intrepid heroine Absalom Kearney, a driven police detective with a haunted past, trying to make a difference in a troubled…  See more details below

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New York Times bestselling author Stephan Talty’s acclaimed fiction debut, Black Irish, won him comparisons to such thriller masters as Jo Nesbø, Karin Slaughter, and Tana French. Now, his chilling new novel brings back intrepid heroine Absalom Kearney, a driven police detective with a haunted past, trying to make a difference in a troubled town.
 
Hangman, Hangman, what do you see? Four little girls, as cute as can be. The eerie schoolyard chant still sends ripples of horror through North Buffalo. Not so long ago, serial killer Marcus Flynn preyed upon the community’s teenaged daughters—until he was cornered and shot in the head. But Flynn lived, carrying to prison the nickname “Hangman,” along with the secret of his last victim’s fate. Homicide cop Abbie Kearney wasn’t around during Hangman’s reign of terror. She hadn’t yet come home to wear her dad’s old badge in the tough Irish American stronghold known as “the County.” Abbie had never experienced firsthand the horror of Hangman. Until now.
 
Hangman, Hangman, where do they go? Down on the ground, where the daffodils grow. A corrections officer lies dead, a prison van stands empty . . . and somewhere out there, the monster who condemned innocents to death at the end of a rope watches and waits to strike again. Abbie leads a desperate manhunt through a city driven to its knees by fear, matching wits with a predator as brilliant as he is elusive. But as more victims are claimed, a rising tide of secrecy, paranoia, and politics forces her to realize that stepping beyond the law may be the only way to find justice. Because with each passing hour, the stakes grow higher—and Hangman’s noose gets tighter.
 
Praise for Stephan Talty’s Black Irish
 
“Abbie Kearney is one of the most intriguing new suspense protagonists in memory, and Black Irish marks the captivating start of a brilliant thriller series.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series
 
“A memorable story of betrayal and vengeance . . . Talty does a fine job portraying the cohesiveness of the Irish, their loyalty to one another, and their obsession with their history.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Luxuriantly cinematic . . . a compulsively readable crime thriller . . . Move over V. I. Warshawski; Buffalo gets its own crime novel heroine.”The Buffalo News
 
“A riveting read . . . a suspenseful debut novel with a circuitous plot.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“Talty shows his chops when recounting [Buffalo’s] Irish roots.”Kirkus Reviews


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345549884
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
136,704
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Stephan Talty is the author of the New York Times bestseller Empire of Blue Water, as well as Escape from the Land of Snows, The Illustrious Dead, Mulatto America, and the novels Black Irish and Hangman. He lives with his wife in New Jersey.

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The Hangman: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Hangman begins with the escape of a pscyhotic serial killer known as “The Hangman”. Abbie Kearney is a profiler with the Buffalo Police, and she’s set on the case to find this twisted serial murderer before he makes another victim. But as the clock starts ticking, and terror rises in the otherwise sleepy town, Abbie and her team realize they may have more than one killer on their hands. What if the Hangman has an accomplice? And how the heck can they find out who he is? Abbie tries to get to the bottom of the Hangman’s personality. She wants to find out who he is, why he kills people, and why he targets a specific group of girls, and hopefully before it’s too late. Abbie is an intriguing main character. With a haunted past, a healthy dose of determination, and a knack for profiling, she’s an enjoyable protagonist to read about. The pacing is set on high from the first pace, and the writing was brutal, suitable for the genre, and for the characters passing the revue. It’s dark, gritty, nail-biting suspense, just the way I like it. As a downside though, there could’ve been more character development. Even though Abbie goes through a great deal from start to finish, in this book, her personality never changes or grows because of it. Apart from that, I loved the book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/suspense novel. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books just keep getting better he makes the title character so real and describes Buffalo with the history that it was and it's wonderful landmarkes
BookKittenTL More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read...the second in the series after 'Black Irish', which I also enjoyed immensely! Please, Mr. Talty, continue writing this terrific series. I love the heroine, flawed as she may be, makes her even more credible. The basis of the crimes themselves keep me stuck in my seat, unable to put the book down. I literally had to read it in one sitting because I could not put it down. Now, I'm sad I've finished it so quickly! I anxiously await the next book in this series & I do truly hope they keep coming....amazing writer & awesome series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery, kept me guessing until the end.
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Wasn't anything as I expected & that's a good thing! There were a few moments of "really?" But I got over them quickly. I truly enjoyed this escapade. Will read more of these!!!!
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jeena350 More than 1 year ago
Talty's work keeps getting better with each installment of the Absalom Kearney series.   Lots of atmosphere and a tense, gripping plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boston police search for a serial killer with a different twist. I never guessed the conclusion of this story.
beachpolly More than 1 year ago
For 99cents its OK, but It put me to asleep few times.
valleyofthesun More than 1 year ago
Not the book I would have picked out but after I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for recommending it
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Which is a big turn off less is akways more borrow this is a cheap chick sub genre combo that tries too hard to include every mystery cliche by gender switch m.a.@sparta