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.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Alex Lawson ain't Michael Forsyth or Sean Duffy.Those dark denizens of McKinty's greater epics know about story telling as opposed to drug levered mystical introspection. The 70s are over Adrian. Magical mystery tours are dead'er than Lennon... Both of them. The drug addled Irish author is a cliché that smears my ancestry. Worse yet, endless hours of self examination pissed through a heroin filter are tedious. If this was the point, hell, just tell us that in the first sentences and get on with a story.
As for challenge, this one's obvious to every listener about half an hour in (which seems like ten times as long). Even Gerard Doyle can't toss the druggie embellishments over the side to let a plot emerge. And then all the good stuff's crammed into an epilogue? If by good stuff, one means plot and story line. Otherwise Hidden River's about a jerk endlessly acting like... a jerk.
Increasingly McKinty sounds like an English-Lit major who needed a job. Apparently I'm through giving Adrian McKinty books 12 to 15 stars. This one deserves a black hole.
This is the 5th Adrian McKinty novel I've listened to, and none have been a disappointment. They're terrific. Unlike many of the others I've enjoyed, this one takes place primarily in the US, but the main character is another young man from Northern Ireland, displaced because of crime, corruption, vice, and violence.
In this story, he's a disgraced cop and a heroin addict, on the run from corrupt bosses and trying to find some meaning and redemption (and escape) by taking a job from his neighbour to find out who murdered his daughter, who had been living and working in the US. A daughter who had been our young man's first love. A daughter who had been killed in an apparent robbery. A daughter whose murder would become one of the "hidden rivers" of events that get dried up and lost over time.
McKinty's novels all involve politics,to some extent (how can they not, given the Northern Ireland base?), and in this case it's both Northern Ireland and US politics. And corruption. And scandal. All the components of a good noir mystery. But in this case it ends in hope and redemption - at least for the lead character, if not for the world he inhabits.
Gerard Doyle, as always, is wonderful. He's an important part of the great experience of this audiobook.
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
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!