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Darling Jim : a novel
Christian Moerk
Adult Fiction MOERK

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Like the itinerant Irish storyteller at the crux of this riveting novel, Danish-born author Moerk mixes mythology, Arthurian legend, fairy tales, noir and horror in his American debut. When reclusive Moira Hegarty and her two nieces, Fiona and RUisIn Walsh, are found dead in Moira's secluded home in a Dublin suburb, evidence suggests the sisters were imprisoned for months by their aunt, along with a third person, perhaps RUisIn's twin sister. The young women left behind two diaries, one of which a postal clerk finds. Three years before, they fell under the spell of Jim Quick, a seanachai (or bard), whose tales of wolves and kings gave him rock star status in the sleepy town of Castletownbere. Only the Walsh sisters appear to have seen beyond the charm of "darling Jim," whose presence coincides with several women's murders. Moerk tightly meshes each separate plot strand-the murders, the diaries and Quick's tales-into an enthralling story that never falters. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Niall, a young mail carrier in suburban Dublin, finds the diary of a young girl in his dead-letter bin. Its writer is one of three people found dead in a cottage on his route. Local police have few leads, and the locals aren't saying much except to gossip about a dashing young storyteller making the rounds of local pubs and romancing young women, some of whom have turned up dead. The diary tells of a chain of pub stories involving the adventures of a conflicted wolf-prince roaming the countryside and the real-life violent love between the storyteller and the writer's aunt and sister. Niall becomes obsessed with the case and goes where even the police fear to tread to reveal the shocking truth of the serial murders. This darkly gothic tale of contemporary wolverine romance endeavors to have something for everyone: a quaint Irish setting, Celtic mythology, and grisly multiple murders. In an effort to include many of the current themes in popular fiction, this debut novel does not quite hit the mark and will disappoint both gothic and vampire readers alike. Still, the publisher is pushing this with a five-city author tour and publication in 14 countries, so larger collections should purchase a copy. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/09.]-Susan Clifford Braun, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Discovers the diary of Fiona Walsh who was murdered with her sister; reveals a tragic love story and the truth behind Fiona's death and behind Jim; searching for the missing third Walsh sister.

Traveled through Ireland telling wondrous tales; townsfolk failed to notice the similarities between the tragic murder victims in his tales and the ones that follow him in real life; tried to seduce the Walsh sisters.

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