Hangman

Hangman

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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 Hangman
 
"An expertly judged dose of adrenaline." -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Stick with this o≠ it delivers." -- Booklist
 
"Detective Abbie Kearney is back in this explosive thriller featuring not only a brutal serial killer, but also complex characters. . . . Plot twists will keep readers guessing right up until the grand finale." -- RT Book Reviews
 
"[Stephan Talty has] a writerly knack for constructing compulsively readable narratives that can be consumed with considerable velocity and contentment. With flying colors, the fellow passes the 'what happens next' test." -- The Buffalo News
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345538086
0345538080
Branch Call Number: M TAL
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Hang man

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Debbi_0
Apr 04, 2015

astarted reading realized writer has written in two styles, but surprise, it's good so far!!!!

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confidential_me
Jun 27, 2014

Abbie (Absalom) Kearney is back in a make or break case. Convicted serial killer Marcus Flynn (aka Hangman) has escaped while being transported to Attica. When he eludes the searchers and another young girl from North Buffalo is found dead it seems that he has returned to his original hunting grounds. Abbie and the other officers of the Buffalo Police Department must find him and stop the killings. With her usual partner Z off recovering from an injury, Abbie must work with Detective Raymond. Can they locate ‘Hangman’ in time? Will Abbie compromise the ideals she has thus far held to and turn to The Network, an unofficial group operating within the heavily Irish South section of Buffalo, for help when she faces roadblocks in her investigation?
Do the ends justify the means? What secrets are left that didn’t come out in the original investigation? How many more people will die before the police can bring the killer to justice?
Exciting and intense, Hangman will keep you guessing right up until the final twist.

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emerge
Jan 15, 2014

After reading "Black Irish", I knew two things: I really liked the character of Absalom Kearney & Mr. Talty writes a mean thriller.
This is an excellent follow up. I won't rehash the whole plot as you can read that in the blurb above.
There are several elements that make this a worthwhile read: the continuing evolution of Abbie's character, the evocative description of "the county", a largely Irish neighbourhood where she grew up, a creepy bad guy on the loose & a taut, cleverly plotted police procedural with twists & turns that keep you guessing.
The prose is unembellished & flows well, the characters are well developed & dialogue is lean. You won't like all the people in this story but you'll always find them believable.
If you're a fan of Val McDermid, Tana French or Carol O'Connell, you'll enjoy this.

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