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Publisher's Summary

An Garda Síochána have patrolled the cobbled streets of their storied capital for nearly a century. Within the heart of their headquarters, a bloody secret is revealed.

The tortured, brutalized bodies of young women are being discovered in the shadowed corners of the city. The victims are all young, American, and the killer has left behind a chilling calling card that could have drastic political ramifications.

Detective Tadgh O’Brien has spent three years working his way into the Special Detectives Unit of the Dublin Garda. When he’s assigned to a task force to investigate a series of murders of young American women, he finds himself unlikely allies with a US FBI agent.

Special Agent Charlie Ryan is assigned to the International Human Rights Crime Unit of the FBI. She’s ecstatic to receive a career launching assignment to work alongside the Garda task force in Ireland. But she discovers that her job will involve more than murder investigations. Her Irish counterparts will use her as bait to lure a homicidal trio out of the shadows.

When Tadgh and Charlie become temporary colleagues, they find themselves both at odds and unmistakably drawn to one another. Charlie is an experienced, street-savvy law enforcement agent from a large American city. Coming from an abusive home life, she’s learned to depend solely on herself, hesitant to trust anyone with her heart. Though Tadgh has acclimated to life in the urban jungle of Dublin, at his core he is an island boy who grew up on the coastal shores of Western Ireland. His darkest fear is that he may be the only member of the O’Brien family to never find true love and happiness. When he meets the feisty, intelligent, no-frills Special Agent Ryan, his fears change.

How will he protect her during these dark times? And at the end of this brutal case, how will he learn to live without her?

Includes bonus content Fio, an O'Brien Tales novella.

©2021 Stacey Reynolds (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • Susan B
  • 30-08-2021

Still one of the best!

I've read all of The O'Brien Tales books and listened to the 3 on audio and they never fail to come through in the best way. I love Stacey Reynolds writing and Justine reads and interprets them perfectly. Well done again!

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  • Stephen Edwards
  • 21-09-2021

Unbalanced and Stuttering

I admit i took this title as Audible suggested it based on my library of suspense and crime titles, I suppose. That said i was keen to enjoy something different.

The premise of the story could have been good but there was just too much imbalance in the delivery. It was nearly ten hours in before anything of much substance in regards to dealing with the crimes at the heart of the story premise actually happened. Up until that point it was a lot of padding around a romance that we could see a mile off was going to happen anyway. At times the description of the physicality would not have been out of place in a cheap, erotic novelette. It seemed like a lot of time was just filled out in this part with being off no real substance. There were far too many characters introduced as part of the Irish family who simply added nothing to the story but just added more names.

I am sorry to say that i did not find the narrator’s accents to be particularly authentic. All the while of trying to do an Irish brogue there was the constant undertone of her N American own voice. She delivered the story well enough in all other aspects. This inconsistency was also mirrored in part in the text where, at times, terminology in common every day use in Ireland was employed and yet others that are distinctly American were used that we would not use by default over here.

It was not a bad book but it is not a memorable one, and i am sorry to say that it will not be enough to encourage me to look at any of the others in the series.

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