I wish I could understand my love for this author. I think it must be the fact that his characters are so well written...or maybe I'm just partial to the Irish. The only problem I had with this story was the improbability of a drug addict changing her stripes. Other than that, the plot was great.
I am a big fan of Adrian McKinty's books and of Irish crime fiction in general. His Dead trilogy produced one of my all-time favorite characters, Michael Forsythe. In Falling Glass McKinty has introduced another cool character, Killian. Killian is a reluctant Irish gangster, like Forsythe. But where Forsythe is all action, Killian is a talker. His best weapon is persuasion. There is still pleanty of action, and the ending is a very cool scene. It was also cool to see a little more of Forsythe, who makes an extended cameo. I read that McKinty isn't going to write anymore about either character, which I think is a shame. But this stand alone novel, as well as the whole Dead trilogy, are great reads. Gerard Doyle does a fantastic job narrating.
As an aside, I never new much about Irish Travellers, or Pavee, but I have read at least 3 or 4 Irish crime novels in which they figure prominently. Very interesting stuff.
As always, McKinty's gritty story of Northern Irish mobsters gets the ideal voice in Gerard Doyle. I've both read and listened to McKinty's books, and there is no question that it is a richer experience when you get to hear it in Doyle's lilting Irish brogue. The story has lots of twists and turns and the main character is a worthy successor to Michael Forsythe of the earlier trilogy, who makes a couple of cameo appearances. Really fun to listen to.
I read so I can write
Adrian McKinty is so addictive there is a tendency to count the books I haven't yet read and worry about what I will do when I finish all of them. It isn't too much to say that McKinty is a master of mystery, and Falling Glass is a perfect showcase of his talent. The man has built mystery upon mystery to the last word of the last chapter. Gerard Doyle is once again the perfect voice for McKinty's work. Don't miss this book!
The story sounded intriguing. Plots do begin to boil down to elements, if not handled properly. A well written book is one that contains these elements, but the story is told with such talent and grace that one doesn't notice and doesn't care. It's the TELLING that makes the difference. This isn't one of those. Like music, where there are only so many notes, but look what the talented can do with them! This is not one of those.
Unfortunately the narrator was part of the problem. The lilt of an Irish accent can only enthrall for a page of two, then you've got to read for the STORY. This one only rose to the occasion a few times. Perhaps it's inexperience. If you have nothing in the story and the narrator can't add anything to it, it gets worse!
By the end of the book, I didn't care. When it was over, my comment was "whatever." Mostly I was glad it was OVER.
Say something about yourself!
To be honest, I'd listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone directory, so to get to listen to him read something interesting is merely a happy bonus. (Yeah... I have a serious voice-crush!)
As for the book... fantastic, engaging story. I love books that keep me guessing. If I've figured out the entire plot and ending by page ten, I get bored. I was not bored at all the whole book. Just when I thought I had it figured out, some new bit of intrigue was tossed in the mix. I love being surprised and Adrian McKinty does a great job crafting the story with surprises and mystery to keep the reader engaged.
Love this story. It's a non-stop suspenseful thriller, that keeps you on the edge of your seat
awaiting the outcome. Killian thinks he's trying to locate an addict ex-wife and children for his client. As the story unfolds, he finds himself being followed and close to death. Something is up with this job, it's too simple to have such a high payout. Thus, the stakes get higher as an old secret comes to light. The story doesn't disappoint right up to it's thought evoking end. Gerard Doyle does an excellent job bringing the Irish feel to the book.
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
I have a difficult time with the level of violence and dark, destructive life styles. However,
McKinty's skill is so superlative, his writing so gorgeous, the narration so brilliant, I persevere. He reminds me of James Lee Burke in his skill level. And I don't make it through all of his books either.
I have read four books. I am anxious for the next Sean Duffy novel. Michael in New York is more difficult for me. If you can handle the violence these are fabulous stories!!!!! For me MIchael Connelly, James Patterson, and the longish list of formulaic production writers pale. I have not enjoyed stories this much since Stieg Larrson. ------P. S. I am a sucker for the Irish accent.
Not at this point.
The story began so dismally I did not want to read it in its entirety.
“Falling Glass” was excellent. I liked the character Killian, and was very invested in his fate. I liked all of the action and all of the places that Killian visited in the novel. I especially enjoyed learning about the Pavee which is a gypsy-like group in Ireland that Killian was from.
Gerard Doyle’s narration was right on target.
This is a great crime fiction, and if you are already an Adrian McKinty fan, you will enjoy this story too.