Jack Taylor is walking the delicate edge of a sobriety he doesnt trust when his phone rings. Hes in debt to a Galway tough named Bill Cassell, what the locals call a hard man. Bill did Jack a big favor a while back; the trouble is, he never lets a favor go unreturned.
Jack is amazed when Cassell simply asks him to track down a woman, now either dead or very old, who long ago helped his mother escape from the notorious Magdalen laundry, where young wayward girls were imprisoned and abused. Jack doesnt like the odds of finding the woman, but counts himself lucky that the task is at least on the right side of the law. Until he spends a few days spinning his wheels and is dragged in front of Cassell for a quick reminder of his priorites.
Bills goons do a little spinning of their own, playing a game of Russian roulette a little too close to the back of Jacks head. Its only blind luck and the mercy of a god he no longer trusts that land Jack back on the street rather than face down in a cellar with a bullet in his skull. Hes got one chance to stay alive find this woman.
Unfortunately, he cant escape his own curiosity, and an unnerving hunch quickly turns into a solid fact just who Jacks looking for, and why, arent nearly what they seem. The Magdalen Martyrs, the third Galway-set novel by Edgar, Barry, and Macavity finalist and Shamus Award-winner Ken Bruen, is a gripping, dazzling story that takes the Jack Taylor series to explosive new heights of suspense.