Ballantine, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
stars committed (to the point of obsession) homicide detective Absalom '
' Kearney. Adopted by her legendary policeman father as a child, Harvard grad Abbie has returned to work in
, the clannish Irish American community in South Buffalo where she was always an outsider. Now her father is developing Alzheimer's, tunneling through his brain, destroying his memories.
hen gruesome murders start, and move closer and closer to home, Abbie gives the case her all. An old toy monkey (from a children's game) is found at each scene, and a photograph links the victims. A number is carved into each corpse. Abbie wonders what the killer was saying with each staged scene and what he communicated to the victims. She uncovers a connection to an organization,
Clan na Gael
, filled with revolutionaries in its heyday. They used to run guns to Ireland, and smuggled Irish rebels into America.
bbie is threatened and almost killed, but not deterred. Then she's arrested for the murders. Out on bail, she keeps digging and finally learns the identity of a man who took pleasure in killing. She solves the murders but along the way, learns of her own past history and the devil's bargain her father made to give her a future. This outstanding and haunting debut novel takes the driven cop to a whole new level.
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