Nobody but Gerard Doyle should ever read Adrian McKinty stories. His somewhat rough voice captures McKinty's gritty, concise writing perfectly.
As for the story itself, I've listened to the Sean Duffy series and found this to be of the same style with different characters. A bit of the underworld mixed with a bit of high-society. Flawed characters I'd probably never be friends with but end up routing for. Complex people in a world I don't live in, and don't want to, but like to visit from the safety of my home.
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.
Just when you thought Adrian McKinty couldn't get any better, he does. This ranks up there with my all-time favorites. It's one I'll listen to several times over the next few years, I'm sure. There's nothing as lyrical as the Irish voice and McKinty has it down pat.
From the first scene, you pretty much know 'whodunnit'; it's the journey that makes this book so outstanding...
The descriptions of down-and-out Denver at the height of the AIDS crisis were vivid and poignant.
As a writer, Adrian McKinty does many things extremely well but it's his descriptions of human desire and longing that just kill you -- a young man's desire for a woman, a junkie's desire for dope -- he just knows pathos. Often male writers will underplay this for fear of sounding weak or sappy; McKinty goes all out, describing a young man's obsessive love/lust with heart-wrenching exactitude.
Adrian -- keep 'em coming. This might be my favorite since "Dead I Well May Be".
Just do yourself a favour and read/listen to anything this man writes. Scarred up, messed up characters that you can't help but love or at least root for. Engaging and believable plots. A good twist or two. Great peripheral characters and excellent pacing. You won't ever go wrong with McKinty.
I read all of McKinty's series books. Then I started in on the stand-alone books (50 Grand, Hidden River, Falling Glass and The Sun is God). Really, really felt like Falling Glass was forced and boring. Didn't like Sun is God. Same thing- it didn't have that kick to it like the other books. Well, I decided to give Hidden River a shot and I'm glad I did. This one has all the good moves like the Duffy and Forsythe books. You can burn right through this book because of how well it flows. And for fun, you must pay attention at the 2 hour, 43 minute mark to hear Gerard Doyle royally muck up a black taxi driver's voice. Sounds like a big fat cookie monster. Hilarious. Otherwise, Doyle is perfect. I almost feel that Gerard Doyle is Robin to McKinty's Batman.
This story only got three stars because the normally very faulty leading man was blatantly silly about the women he interacted with; slow in his deductive reasoning and a very poor planner . How can you make a revenge plan when going through Heroin withdrawal and if you do, why would you think its a good one when you are through going through withdrawal? With that said, I once again was wrapped up in my character's personalities, their slow walk toward redemption and their very real need to be honorable. While not set in Ireland, the Denver/Boulder area fairly leaps of the page and you had to chuckle about the Irish discontent with 100 degree temperatures.
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
Adrian Mckinty does it again. Another great book, hard to put down. Gerard Doyle is consistently a marvelous narrator. The stories are gritty, sad, funny and satisfying. I read them out of order, however, if you read the Audible introduction you'll catch on fast. Then you'll be hooked. Enjoy!
Needs a different narrrator and sorry the book was boring and depressing
something more interesting and definetly not boring
Too Irish. Really sounded like he was trying to be more Irish and than Irish. Way too much emphasis on the Irish accent
Some humor but way too little to overcome the depressing wanderings of the author.
Complete waste of time and money. These are minutes that you will definitely wish you had sqaundered elsewhere.
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.