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Darling Jim: A Novel

6 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Christian Moerk

Starred Review. 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, … see full wiki

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Author: Christian Moerk
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
6 reviews about Darling Jim: A Novel
review by . August 27, 2009
Three sisters, two postmen, and one fairy tale, lead to a grisly trail of mayhem.     In Dublin, three women are found dead - under questionalble circumstances. While neighbors speculate and conjour a story for the tragedy, an unmotivated postal worker happens upon a diary that answers questions, but also leaves gaps in the chilling tale. What the postman uncovers, leads him on a whirlwind trip to uncover the truth and protect three women that didn't know they needed his protection. …
review by . June 08, 2009
For centuries, storytellers have crisscrossed Ireland, weaving spells in the homes and pubs of towns and villages in return for room, board, and a little money. A few of these bards still remain in this age of instantaneous communication, and when a handsome young beguiler blows into quiet Castletownbere on his vintage motorcycle, the entire town, especially its women, falls subject to his charms.     Author Moerk imbues his tale with malevolent fairy tale and mythic elements, …
review by . April 21, 2009
In this story within a story, postman Niall finds the diary of a young woman at the center of a murder mystery, and begins to reconstruct the torrid tale behind the murder house and a series of missing women in the west of Ireland. As we learn more about the three Walsh sisters, their Aunt Moira, and the diabolical itinerant storyteller Darling Jim, a brooding sense of foreboding develops that sets the tone for the entire novel.    Between the story within a story within a story …
review by . February 07, 2009
What would you do if you found a journal that belonged to someone else? What if that someone else had just been found murdered? Would you drop it and run like hell, or would your curiosity get the better of you?     Fiona Walsh has just a small amount of time to write her journal before her aunt comes to kill her. She plans to fight back, along with her two sisters, but knows that the chances of them all surviving are slim. Between the long confinement and the slow poisoning, …
review by . January 01, 2009
Jim Quick roars into the West Cork town of Castletownbere on an ancient red Vincent Comet motorcycle and is noticed by all the girls in town. "Darling Jim", a seanachai, both sinister and magnetic, moves from pub to pub with his tales of love and murder, and beguiles the townspeople, particularly Fiona, Roisin, Aoife Walsh and their aunt. While I found the attraction each girl felt to Jim an integral part of the story, it felt a bit over the top, however, this story within a story is compelling, …
review by . December 25, 2008
Moerk, Christian. "Darling Jim: A Novel", Henry Holt, 2009.    A Story within a Story    Amos Lassen    I love a good gothic suspenseful novel and "Darling Jim" is just that. Told through the diary of Fiona Walsh, it is the story of a stranger and a town that does not see him for who he is. The stranger is mysterious and manages to beguile the townspeople. When two of the sisters and their aunt are found dead in their home in a suburb of …
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