Libro 42/52 :: Black Irish by Stephan Talty



When it comes to the Libro 52 scorecard, Stephan Talty is at the top of the list.

OK – he’s tied (with Tom Asacker’s book, The Business of Belief.)


But Talty was there first.

He’s el número uno.


Back in April I read The Illustrious Dead by Talty and it blew me away. Fantastic.

Read more about it here.



Black Irish is Talty’s first foray into the fiction genre – and it’s a noble effort.

It’s no Illustrious Dead, but if you’re looking for some holiday fiction to read when you’re not drinking – you’ll enjoy this.


Black Irish centers around Absalom “Abbie” Kearney, the adopted daughter of the legendary retired South Buffalo Police Chief. Abbie escapes the working class neighborhood and earns a degree from Harvard, only to return to take care of her ailing father.

And then the killings start…


It’s a bit cliche, but it’s done well.

Black Irish is in the James Patterson-Alex Cross mold of a psychological thriller.

I enjoyed it.


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I’ll tell you who will not enjoy it: the Buffalo Board of Tourism.

Talty slams his hometown.

The author was raised in Buffalo, so his description of the place is presumably accurate, but he’s not doing them any favors here. If I ever get the inclination to visit Buffalo, remind me to simply visit the worst parts of Cleveland.


Bottom Line: Solid work of fiction that you could easily imagine being made into a movie.


Bradley Hartmann is El Presidente at Red Angle ( His Libro 52 writing has fallen off recently, not his reading. He’ll get back on track… starting with #43 mañana. 



LIBRO 52 Challenge YTD

1. Kennedy/Nixon by Chris Matthews

2. Poke the Box by Seth Godin

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

NA. Buy-In by John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead

4. Education of an Accidental CEO by David Novak

5. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

6. Blood, Brains and Beer by David Ogilvy

7. Lyndon Johnson :: Master of the Senate by Robert Caro

8. 1776 by David McCullough

9. To Sell Is Human by Dan Pink

NA. Profiles In Courage by JFK*

10. Write It When I’m Gone by Tom DeFrank

11. FDR by Jean Edward Smith

12. The Cluetrain Manifesto by Locke, Searls, Weinberger + Levine

13. One Click by Richard Brandt

14. Persuasive Presentations by Nancy Duarte

NA. James K. Polk by Walter Borneman

15. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

16. The Illustrious Dead by Stephan Talty

17. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

18. Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink

19. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

20. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

21. Ctrl Alt Delete by Mitch Joel

22. Down & Dirty Pictures by Peter Biskind

23. Makers by Chris Anderson

24. Tales from Q School by John Feinstein

25. The Business of Belief by Tom Asacker

26. 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

27. Drive by Dan Pink

28. Enough by John Bogle

29. Contagious by Jonah Berger

30. Lexicon by Max Barry

31. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

32. A Very Short Tour of the Mind by Michael Corballis

33. The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton

34. Choose Yourself by James Altucher

35. The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig

36. Inside The Box by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg

37. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

38. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

39. Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

40. The Authentic Swing by Steven Pressfield

41. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday

42. Black Irish by Stephan Talty




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