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Absalom “Abbie” Kearney grew up an outsider in her hometown, Buffalo NY—south side, “the County.” She is the adopted daughter of an Irish American cop. Back in the city after a Harvard education and a stint in a Florida police department, Abby is not just taking care of her senile father but is following in his footsteps as a local detective. When a killer begins targeting members of a semi-secret Irish society, Abby is put in charge. Her usual rational cool begins to crumble when the murders hit close to home and evidence begins to point directly at her. This novel is a solid psychological thriller--murder mystery built over a police procedural core. The bleakness and coldness (emotional and environmental) of the setting, the plotting, and the characters work together to create a chilling, fast moving debut novel. I found the character of Absalom intriguing, but found a few of the plot twists a little hard to believe. A solid 3 ½ out of 5 stars.
posted Jun 13, 2013 at 10:37AM
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Absalom "Abbie" Kearney
Investigates the murder of a gas-meter reader.