Well written--this books encapsulates multiple levels of Ireland. You've got the IRA and others challenging life as well as the 'common criminal' elements. How to sort it out? Well, have the right detective. I enjoyed this--my first read by Adrian McKinty.
Complexity of life in Ireland, layers of violence.
In my audible experience of over 12 years and 300 books, nothing could match James Lee Burke and Will Patton for the perfect audio book experience...until now. I simply could not have enjoyed this book more. It combines a great character, a masterful history, great crime mystery, pop culture connections, and humor with the perfect narrator. This book begs to be LISTENED to, not simply read.
I came to this party late, purchased because the first two installments were on sale and thought I'd take a chance with great reviews, and have since used two credits to get all four installments. The best advice of all...start at the start...with this book, and work through the entire series. I can't say if the Irish accent is authentic, have no real knowledge, but if not then it ought to be.
With so much woven together, and writing style and narration that at times is dazzling, this series is at the top of my list for all time favorites.
I had not heard of this author before and the first ten minutes were a bit tough to get through...strong accent and regional slang. Hang in there..it's worth it!
I could listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone book and this story was engaging with a good plot and good ending. I liked it that it was set in Northern Ireland and I learned a bit of history.
BBC should do these books in complete detail ie 3-4 hr. Segments in movie or film form. Master piece mystery is the ideal format. This series would top all series to date. I hope the series continues past the four books published to date. Read these books. McGinty is a wonderful story teller. Mike
Really tight writing. A story that is part nostalgia trip through the music and news of the 80s, part examination of Irish troubles and part cop story. What's not to like.
I remember the Troubles, came of age in 78, but this story is a revelation. And the mystery is excellent too. I'm a little in love with the accent and the main character. Thanks to Ted for the review that made me choose this wonderful book. Try it, you will like it.
I liked this, but I typically like McKinty's work. The main character isn't Michael Forsythe, but still a likable. I liked learning about the hunger strikes, but the homosexual theme seemed strange to me at times. If McKinty releases another book in this series, I will probably buy it.
Adrian McKinty tells a good story. And Gerard Doyle is the perfect reader. Great to find such a good combination. It does not always happen. If you like his other work, you will like this one as well.
Good but not great prose style. But nothing is perfect, and the depth of the historical and cultural seeing, the unusual cast of characters, and the novelty of the plot are exceptional. Bonus points for great 70s and 80s music references.
Also, it's nice to have a genuine noir title whose underlying message includes social and life-is-good elements