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I've read (in paper form) several of McKinty's novels but this was my first of his audio books. I was pulled in to the story by the writing and narration.
Sadly one jarring note was Doyles narrative interpretation of North American voices-everyone, including the women, sound like 1940's mobsters. It was discerning and became a slight irritation. I know that the various US accents don't make much sense to Europeans but as a woman raised in the west, the same accent Doyle gave everyone took away from what was a very dramatic novel. Having a hearty booming midwest voice form the words of a weak man dying from AIDS was, to me, the most annoying of these accent malaprops.
Of course his Irish voices were spot on, as one might imagine and carried the book for the most part.
The plot is slightly convoluted but very McKinty in feeling. I could easily identify with Alex and even with John.The story arc was full of side ways sub plots yet everything came together.
If you don't mind having young western characters sound like Chandleresque mobsters this is a great listen and recommended.
I enjoy actually reading McKinty books myself so much that I'm not sure if I'll audio another one but this was well worth my credit.
this is a rich novel with flawed, human and compelling characters. If you appreciate well-crafted 'complex' novels, you'll like this. The narrator was splendid too.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Enjoyed this one, but decided half way through that McKinty's Alex was not as brilliant and capable as my fav, Sean Duffy. Good story set in Denver CO which made it great fun. Lots of tragedy and violence, but closes with a semi-happy ending, nevertheless.
McKinty hasn't written a bad one, so I will look forward to the next!
This book isn't what I was expecting, having read the Sean Duffy and Michael Forsythe novels, but once I got into the meat of the story it did not disappoint. I realized how much the heroin was affecting this obviously brilliant ex-detective. You wanted to just scream at him because he was so blinded about the truth of situation. Its a good read and Gerald Doyle just sends it over the top. That man could read a garbage collection manual and make it enjoyable. Adrian McKinty is hands down one of my favorite authors.
While the story line is good, what stands out is the narration. I've listened to this narrator, Gerald Doyle, just for his work. He does most of his narration for this author, Adrian McKinty, and together the work of the author is superb.
Yes, the protagonist is a likeable low-key heroin addict trying to convince himself he can keep it all under control while doing white-knuckle heroics. It is a deeper, more reflective book than the usual thriller, but delivers on that front as well.
He is great for all of McKinty's books
Character's reflections on addiction and his rising above it
The whole story was just bogus. I don't know how much was autobiographical since I think this may have been his first or one of the first books. I just could not believe the protagonist. His friend John who was also a cop did the most stupid thing at the dumbest time. The hero is supposed to be investigating a murder, but spends most of his time partying with his friend, who should not of been there in the first place unless he was a literary vehicle as a planned killing.Alex is supposed to be genius smart, but does the bonehead play every time. Didn't seem all that bright to me. Now the addiction part. I am just tired of these idiots writing about overcoming addiction. Enough already. He was so smart that he went on smack to get around the corrupt Ulster cops killing him? Really? He would have been dead a minute after they discovered he was a junkie. I figured out the plot 1/2 way through the first section. The rest is just filling. Leaving the 45 at the graveyard. Touching the bloody knife in John. Finally, the ultimate unbelievability, trying to commit suicide by swallowing water to drown in the Ganges River which leads to an epiphany about Amber's murder gun.PPPPPPPPPPPPLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Le Carre Hounorable Schoolboy
Yes enjoyed the previous performances on other McKinty books.
Love the Michael Forsythe books and even the Killian book. I must be fair and suggest this book wouldn't get published probably until the Forsythe books were published. Looks like a young Author cutting his teeth.
It was okay, but I thought it to be a bit boring - unlike the Michael Forsyth character in the author's other books. Not sure why I felt this way, but listening to the number of times this guy would shoot up his dope may be the reason. I found nothing interesting about how a junkie feels while on a high.
Adrian continues to be a great story teller and he again teams up with my favorite reader. These two make a terrific pair. I just wish there were more books to listen to from this pair.
While not as good as the "Dead" trilogy, I really like this author. This is a definite "must listen" and I highly recommend it!
I would love to see more McKinty in the Audible library. I would definitely order them!