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Too Close to Breathe

(2018)
(The first book in the Dublin Crime Bureau series)
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Olivia Kiernan's tautly written debut novel immerses listeners in a chilling murder case...and the tantalizing, enigmatic victim at the center of it all.

In a quiet Dublin suburb, within her pristine home, Eleanor Costello is found hanging from a rope.

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan would be more than happy to declare it a suicide. Four months ago, Frankie's pursuit of a killer almost ended her life and she isn't keen on investigating another homicide. But the autopsy reveals poorly healed bones and old stab wounds, absent from medical records. A new cut is carefully, deliberately covered in paint. Eleanor's husband, Peter, is unreachable, missing. A search of the couple's home reveals only two signs of personality: a much-loved book on art and a laptop with access to the Dark Web.

With the suspect pool growing, the carefully crafted profile of the victim crumbling with each new lead, and mysterious calls to Frankie's phone implying that the killer is closer than anyone would like, all Frankie knows is that Eleanor guarded her secrets as closely in life as she does in death.

As the investigation grows more challenging, Frankie can't help but feel that something doesn't fit. And when another woman is found murdered, the same paint on her corpse, Frankie knows that unraveling Eleanor's life is the only way to find the murderer before he claims another victim...or finishes the fate Frankie only just managed to escape.

Engrossing, complex, and atmospheric, Olivia Kiernan's debut novel will leave you breathless.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Too Close To Breathe welcomes a thrilling new voice to crime fiction. Taut and gritty, smart and dark, and with a brilliantly crafted detective in Frankie Sheehan, Olivia Kiernan plots twists and turns that will keep you in knots to the very end." - Linda Fairstein

"Too Close To Breathe is the kind of police procedural we haven't seen for a long time; a female cop with a traumatic past racing about the mean streets of Dublin, a hanged victim with a strange clue and a dark secret . . . Olivia Kiernan has brought the serial killer thriller back with a vengeance." - Christopher Fowler

"Mesmerizing . . . murder, betrayal, and secret lives . . . Everything you need in a great thriller." - Lisa Gardner

"A writer you will read with your breath held." - Jess Kidd

"Gritty, cynical and haunting, this is crime writing of the highest order and the product of a darkly fascinating mind. First class." - David Mark

"Disorderly, dangerous and above all, driven, Frankie Sheehan is the kind of true-to-life protagonist I love." - William Shaw

"Really slick . . . A proper page-turner." - Jo Spain

"Olivia Kiernan is a fabulous new voice on the crime-writing scene. Absorbing, touching and scary, this is a treat of a read." - Lesley Thomson


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Used availability for Olivia Kiernan's Too Close to Breathe

Hardback Editions

April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A heart-stopping crime thriller (Dublin Crime Bureau 1) (Frankie Sheehan)
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
ISBN: 1-78648-986-4 / 978-1-78648-986-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
ISBN: 1-5247-4261-9 / 978-1-5247-4261-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
ISBN: 1-5247-4263-5 / 978-1-5247-4263-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A heart-stopping crime thriller (Dublin Crime Bureau 1)
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
ISBN: 1-78648-988-0 / 978-1-78648-988-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A heart-stopping thriller, new for 2018
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
ISBN: 1-78648-987-2 / 978-1-78648-987-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: riverrun
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Audio Editions

April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Too Close to Breathe
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
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April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Too Close to Breathe
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
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April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Too Close to Breathe
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
Publisher: riverrun
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A heart-stopping thriller
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
Publisher: riverrun
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April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Too Close to Breathe: A Novel
Author(s): Olivia Kiernan
Publisher: Dutton
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA