Sean Duffy is a multi-faceted character who faces life and death in Northern Ireland as a catholic detective. McKinty's writing style gives Duffy a straight forward, no nonsense voice. The political climate, everyday strife of living in a war torn area, the descriptions and interactions with the rebel groups with power and the wonderful 80's references make this a fascinating read. The plot is a ride with much detecting going on while Duffy tries to get his personal life in motion. A great beginning to a great series.
This book was a total surprise. The subject is historically interesting (new perspective). I can't wait to read the rest of the books of the series. It is interesting as a police mystery, add a bit of romance and you have a wonderful book. The narrator is wonderful, gets the accents just right.
among the top 5
Sean Duffy of course, he's bent on justice but isn't a prissy
I laughed and couldn't stop listening!!!
Worth every cent, highly recommend
Adrian McKinty and Gerard Doyle are the perfect match. One hooks you with a dark atmosphere, believable characters and an enjoyable twisted plot and the other drags you into this world of the Troubles with an enjoyable sarcasm. 4 stars because of the wee ending.
Interesting, unique and well written. The plot and the back ground tie together well. The details are important to pay attention to as the murder investigation plays out. The descriptions of the scenes in Ireland are nicely done and I thought I could even smell the salty sea as I listened!
I had a little trouble with the recording as there are blank spots where the audio cuts out and zips by in a garble. I think this was created from a taped recording and never checked.
I recommend this book highly, but would read it on Kindle or other book reader and not get this audio edition.
This is, by far, the best audiobook I have listened to.
So many to choose from. The scene where Sean is out for drinks with the female RUC reservist and the pathologist he has been seeing comes over to them. Uncomfortable and brilliant.
His accents were very good. His pace and portrayal of droll, norn' irish black humour came over very well. The banter between the RUC men was wonderful, especially between Sean and Crabby.
Not so much extreme, rather a strong evocative reaction. The opening line - 'The riot had a beauty all of it's own.' It had echoes of W.B. Yeats 'Easter 1916'. - 'A terrible beauty is born'. As soon as I heard it I instantly thought back to learning Yeats in my O level English literature class in Belfast in 1984. From the opening sentence I was captivated.
This was my first exposure to McKinty's novels. It was an ear-opener.
good characters and plot
Anything from the Dublin Murder Squad. It's a little lighter in mood, but still a good sense of the time and the people involved.
This is a first- but he is excellent- there were a lot of male characters with different accents- and you could always tell what character was talking. He is really excellent with the accents. He also does not make all the female voices high whispers- something that I think ruins a narration. He does the wry humor of the main character perfectly and it really adds to the story.
Not exactly- but the humor of the main character kept it interesting all around.
I'm glad I started with the first in the series. I'm definitly going to listen to the rest of the set.
Nice little story, great narrator but at the end, I wasn't interested enough in the lead character to make me read Book 2
It was slow in parts but the narrator held my interest
Adrian McKinty is a good story teller and his books come alive with Gerard Doyle as the narrator. I kept reaching for a pint while I was listening.
I'm a lifelong book lover.
This gritty police detective novel starts out with a murder in near Belfast, Ireland in 1981 and leads you through the life of one detective as he desperately tries to put the pieces together and solve the murder. He is foiled over and over and the closer he gets to the killer, the more danger he is in. There are twists and turns in this novel that keep you guessing about how connected two deaths might actually be or whether they are connected at all. The author explores the effects of the violence of Northern Ireland in the early 1980's on the police and people who live there where justice isn't always guaranteed and sometimes a policeman will have to go to great lengths to solve a crime.