No one does Irish noir like Adrian McKinty (though Stuart Neville is a very close second). McKinty's Michael Forsythe trilogy (Dead I Well May Be, The Dead Yard, The Bloomsday Dead) cannot be beat for gripping story-telling. Though Forsythe plays only a small role in Falling Glass, McKinty proves once again his mastery of the genre, this time with a protagonist who considers Forsythe his mentor. Falling Glass is not quite as thrilling or satisfying as the Forsythe trilogy, but it's still a great read. And Gerard Doyle, who also narrated the Forsythe trilogy and both of Stuart Neville's books, is born to read Irish noir. His brogue is pitch perfect and adds enormous value to the listening experience.
As always the dialog in a McKinty novel is beyond excellent, this is no exception and the narrator read this book perfectly. I admire where McKinty is able to take his storyline, he takes you into a place and time and you really feel like a witness more than a reader. Excellent action, narration. One of the best purchases you will make.
Sorry, I was not able to hear the entire book. The story did not catch me at the beginning, and was too slow.
After 6 chapters, I was not in the story.... I have abandon.
It is a different style of what I'm use too, The accent is strong.
The book was suggested to me, ... I have try, and yes I have to say .. disappointment.
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've listened to McKinty???s ???Dead??? trillogy (???Dead I Well May Be??? is my favorite), and ???Fifty Grand.??? ???Falling Glass??? is another winner. All McKinty???s books have multidimensional characters and intelligent plots. ???Falling Glass,??? like the others, pulls you along with a fast-paced story, all-too-human characters, and???a key ingredient missing from many thrillers???wit. This book is the first of a series with a new protagonist, Killian, a former enforcer for the IRA, and I can???t wait to listen to the next book in the series. I hope it will be read by Gerard Doyle, who is the reader for all the other McKinty books I???ve listened to. Doyle is a terrific reader, perfect in every way.
I needed a lot of mental effort and constant reminders to ignore the narration and continue listening to the story
All the regular characters back in Ireland, involved in a plot loaded with twists and a few edge of your seat moments.
A very good read in true Mckinty from. Gerard Doyle great as always.
The primary character in this book is someone readers met in passing in one of the Sean Duffy novels. I didn't realize this before I got the book, but I loved the connection. Additionally, Michael Forsythe makes an appearance in this book so if you haven't read the Michael Forsythe series, you may want to read them before reading this book, though it's not necessary.
This book is classic McKinty. It's fast paced, exciting, rich in character development, with witty and relatable dialogue. The narration is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the characters. I strongly recommend it.