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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848270836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848270831
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Niamh O'Connor is one of Ireland's best known crime authors. She is a crime reporter with the Sunday World, Ireland's biggest selling Sunday newspaper, for whom she has written five true crime books which were given away with the newspaper. Her job, in which she interviews both high profile criminals and their victims means she knows the world she is writing about.

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"Gripping, terrifying. If you like Martina Cole, you'll love this" (Tess Gerritsen)

"Niamh O'Connor has written five successful true crime books, and burst onto the burgeoning Irish thriller scene last year with her first Jo Birmingham adventure, If I Never See You Again, which was a best-seller. With Taken, O'Connor has pulled off the elusive feat of delivering a second novel that betters the original" (Irish Independent)

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A child is abducted. How far would you go to save him?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Taken starts at a clip and steadily builds steam. Niamh O'Connor works as the true crime editor of the Sunday World and she brings her knowledge of Ireland's criminal underbelly to the story, fictionalising elements of rumours concerning high class prostitution she's heard in her day job. Whilst the criminal side of the story, linking the rich and famous with underclass criminal gangs seems credible, the policing and family side of the story seemed less so. The guards are portrayed as incompetent, jealous and backstabbing, and the procedural elements are weak. This worked to create some tension and melodrama, but also undermined the credibility of the story. The plot also relied on some awkward set-ups at times, such as leaving the car unlocked, putting people in an inspector's office unattended, and a mobile phone too wet to use. Despite this, the story rattles along at a heck of a pace, dragging the reader with it as the various threads are woven together and resolved, culminating in an explosive finale. And given the high melodrama, its breakneck speed, and the mixing of the rich, famous and criminal gangs I can easily envisage Taken being serialised for television. Overall, a searing commentary on the legacy of Celtic Tiger excesses, played out through thrill-bound melodrama.
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By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
Jo Birmingham, is the feisty female detective that you first meet in If I Never See You Again. She is a single mother with two boys, one a mere baby, the other a mere teenager. Not only has she to deal with juggling this family life that was not really of her choosing. Her ex also happens to be her boss. Now she has even more to prove.

Jo's choice of career makes all the challenges perhaps even harder - she is a Detective Inspector and in this novel, she goes into some rather dark and seedy places to get a result. Justice.

A child goes missing from the back seat of a car, whilst their mother is in the petrol station. A mother's worst nightmare, you turn your back for two minutes. But this mother is famous in Ireland, she has it all. Beauty, money, an ideal life; on the surface. Underneath it is darker place full of drugs, corruption and sex as a resource. When she wants no publicity for the missing child, there is obviously more to this than a simply case of a child being taken.

It is now up to DI Jo Birmingham to bring the pieces together. And when a video tape is left for her at the police station, does the evidence point to a much bigger case where more people will want to keep their names out of the spotlight? But surely the first most important thing to do is to reunite child with mother? So why is there a reluctance to put the resources onto this case? A question for her ex-husband?

This is a crime novel which from the moment you start reading, draws you right into the plot, the setting and the characters. It is not a nice world that we live in and this book demonstrates that for me quite effectively.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 May 2011
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I loved Niamh O'Connor's first novel If I Never See You Again, was left frantically trying to finish it at the heart stopping ending - so I was really looking forward to what happend next to the ballsy DI Jo Birmingham. But I really wasn't expecting the way O'Connor's new novel Taken keeps surprising the reader right to the last page - I couldn't put it down!

Grabbing you in the first page, O'Connor plays on every mother's fears and hooks you into a plot that twists and turns so fast you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next. The sense of confusion at a murder scene where the facts presented and the evidence just don't add up was masterfully executed - it's easy for us readers who watch cop dramas to think that gut instinct and forensics will throw up the killer everytime. As O'Connor knows from her job as True Crime editor of the Sunday World, real life and real policing isn't like that - and you can't trust anything you see.

This is a fabulous read, exposing the tragic dark side of wealth and celebrity, a fast paced thriller that will leave you thinking next time you open Hello! Magazine, and keep you guessing to the end. Couldn't recommended it highly enough.
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To solve Ireland’s crime problem all we need is Jo Bermingham’s instinct! I gave her the benefit of the doubt in the first book of the series but she stared to annoy me in this one. Based on one brief conversation she decides she wants this case and drops everything and starts to work on it even though she’s been told not to – realistic? The downtrodden woman working against chauvinistic men was trotted out again – it gets boring after a while. And out of nowhere she solves a murder that seemed like it was going to be a big story at the start of the book but was then dropped entirely until the end.

Having said that it is a decent and enjoyable read (of its type).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 May 2012
Format: Paperback
In February 2011 I read Niamh O'Connor's debut novel and really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to reading the second instalment. We once again meet the feisty Jo Birmingham who as a female DI is one of the few female senior officers in Dublin. She is trying to manage her work as well as her children and being a single parent makes her life that little bit harder. The Model and It-Girl Tara Parker French drives into a petrol station to fill up and runs into the station to pay. She leaves her three year old son Presley in the car, and that is her biggest mistake.

With Tara's child kidnapped Jo does her best to help with the case. What she can't work out is why Tara doesn't want the public to know he is missing. Before long in true Jo Birmingham style she has forced herself into the middle of the case irrelevant of the consequences. Jo is a character I really liked as although she was feisty she was also human and that means mistakes. It makes her all the more likeable as a character. We also see the return of her colleagues Gavin Sexton, Foxy and her ex-husband (who also happens to be her boss) Dan.

The story itself is pretty intriguing early on as you get to see the sheer terror of Tara whose child has been snatched. What I didn't realise was that as soon as I was hooked on that part of the story I didn't really come up for air. The book itself isn't too lengthy but has enough substance to make it interesting. The crime element of the story covers pretty much everything with drugs, sex crimes as well as corruption and extortion to name a few. Towards the end it picked up again and I have to say I read the last quarter of the book the quickest.
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