Irish Black

Wes O'Brien Private Detective Series Book 1

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
174 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2021
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Author Biography

D.A. Schneider is an author of horror and mystery who lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

After trying for some time to break into the comic book industry with his artwork, D.A. decided to instead focus fully on writing. D.A.’s most recent works include the horror novels in the Ghost Hunter Z Trilogy and the detective mystery, Irish Black.

He signed for KGHH Publishing in May 2017, then with Poe Boy Publishing in 2020.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Wes, also known as Irish Black, was a stellar detective who got the job done, but his methods were brutal. Once again, he took a life during interrogation, which got him kicked off the police force. This left Kevin behind, his work partner and best friend of ten years. As a freelance detective, Senator Windhill’s wife, Janet, hired him to catch her cheating husband–-a job he hated but took for the money. How hard could it be to tail a person and make tons of cash in the process? Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be. The case of a cheating husband snowballed into a series of murders, unleashing some stinking cans of worms. Read Irish Black by D.A. Schneider to discover how Wes rose to the occasion and did his thing!

Irish Black by D.A. Schneider was perfection! A crime thriller that will appeal to lovers of detective series. It put me on the edge of my seat from the beginning until the end. The plot was one of a kind and the development superb! I loved the unpredictable plot, which was perfectly executed. All the while, I suspected Posey, but in the end, he was my most favorite character. I loved watching the friendship between Jackson and Wes blossom from mutual dislike to total loyalty. The plot twist left me shocked! Money is indeed a weapon, and the love of it is the root of all evil. The stylish writing had me hooked, and the book was exceptionally edited. There has to be more between Kevin, Posey, and Wes, so I’m looking forward to the second part of the O’Brien series.

Tanja Jurkovic

Irish Black (Wes O'Brien Private Detective Series Book 1) is a hard-boiled detective novel written by D.A. Schneider. Wes O'Brien is a tough police detective who, after a violent incident at work, is fired from the police force and unwillingly gets dragged into private detective work. After taking on a private job involving a standard infidelity detective case, Wes witnesses a double homicide and gets involved in the case personally. The race to catch the killer and save his own neck is about to begin.

Irish Black is full of twists and turns, which gives an exciting dynamic to Schneider's writing. Wes, the main character, is a tough man who just can't stay away from trouble, and no matter what he does, trouble always finds him, usually in a very violent way. Trying to juggle this part of his life with his personal endeavors in romantic relationships turns out to be very difficult and, above all, very dangerous for everyone involved. After going into hiding, Wes teams up with an equally violent bounty hunter to find out who is behind the murders, and who exactly is the person that's trying to kill him.

Irish Black is a very exciting read, full of gritty situations and explicit language, entwined with dark humor that perfectly fits the personality of the main character, Wes O'Brien. Despite being violent and acting like he doesn't care, for me as a reader, Wes becomes more lovable as an antihero with every page turned. A great story to spend some exciting time in the world of crime, solving an intriguing case, and feel the satisfaction of catching the bad guys in the end.

Lit Amri

When a drug dealer dies during a police interrogation, Detective Wes O'Brien, also known as Irish Black, faces more scrutiny from the higher-ups regarding his methods of getting information from crooks. This time, they will not let him off with a warning but let him go from the force permanently. Wes doesn't have to ponder about his future for long as someone hires him privately to prove that her husband is cheating on her. A cheating spouse case is not to his liking but the pay is good. Little does he know that the case will turn into a double homicide and that he has to work against the clock to solve the murders before he becomes the next victim. Irish Black is Book 1 of the Wes O’Brien Series by D.A. Schneider.

Drugs, powerful mobsters, prostitution, murder, crooked politics, and more - Irish Black is as gritty as one can expect from crime fiction. With brutality and fear as his methods, Wes O’Brien may not be the ideal detective of the police department but he delivers justice and gets results. The flashbacks of his younger years with his father reveal the foundation of his temperament and his personal stand against crimes. Opposite him is womanizing bounty hunter Jackson Posey; he seems reckless but proves to be resourceful as he and Wes partner up to solve the murders and face adversaries who have the power to manipulate the justice system for their own good. The story is driven forward through violent and dark action scenes, character clashes, and connecting the dots to find the truth. With a great twist and a satisfying conclusion, D.A. Schneider's Wes O’Brien series is off to a solid start.

Caitlin Miller

This first book paves the way to an enticing new detective crime series.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading crime fiction. Told in third person, the story is vividly written as you follow the characters. I felt like I was apart of Irish Black’s world as his life crumbled to turn around and find himself on a riveting case. There was blood, death, sex, and alcohol.


This is the beginning of a brand new series featuring Detective Wes O'Brien, better known as Irish Black.

Irish is a tough, uncompromising, intimidating person. He's been known to cross that line between legal .. and beating up a criminal because they need to be. No matter how good a detective he's been, he's now been thrown off the force and is under investigation.

Now that he no longer has rules he must follow, he receives a phone call from a senator's wife. Irish once nabbed the guy who had abducted their young daughter. She wants to hire him ... she believes her husband is cheating on her and she wants proof. He really doesn't want to chase cheating spouses, but what she pays him persuades him to take it on.

Only this case turns into a double homicide with Wes the only witness.

Partnering up with Ex-Homicide Detective Jackson Posey, now a bounty hunter, they two men find themselves embroiled in crooked politics, corrupt politicians, and police on the take. It becomes real personal when someone puts a target on Irish's back.

This is a highly enhanced / accelerated crime fiction filled with non-stop action. The main characters are violent, and definitely not choir boys by any stretch of the imagination. Their actions maybe over the top, but at the heart of things, they want to take the bad guys down and give justice and closure to the victims. The ending was quite surprising. One small cliffhanger, but it's about Black's backstory and I look forward to seeing how that turns out in the next of this series.

WARNING: Language, violence, torture, explicit intimate moments


I really enjoyed this book! With a really fast pace, plenty of gun shots and great dialogue, it reads just like an action film! It was easy to get lost in a chapter and follow the events as they unfolded, and I enjoyed the changing relationship between the main characters. A great read if you love the genre. Looking forward to more in the series in the future.

Aron Silver

If you're into macho detective stories, this one is definitely for you. With plenty of action, booze, sex and a whole bunch of tough trash-talk, it ticks all the boxes. And underneath it all is a solid detective plot with a satisfying ending. It's also a setup for a new series featuring Posey and Black that promises a lot more where this came from.