This story is set in Belfast, Ireland in 1981 and is really good. I liked the Detective. Sgt. Sean Duffy. It is fast paced with a lot of action.
I’ve just learned that it is a trilogy and am looking forward to reading the second book: I Hear the Sirens in the Street.
Adrian McKinty is a very good writer. The narrator, Garard Doyle, is perfect for this story!!
I love Adrian McKinty's work. He can really deliver a sentence and can bring events to life in a powerful, lyrical way. Unfortunately, this book suffered from not having a whole hell of a lot going on. The central mystery is vaguely interesting, but then gets wrapped up in another one, and then the hero spends too much time wandering to and fro in Belfast. Still, it is worth the listen, for a wonderful soft irish brogue and the all-too-occasional time when something happens.
This book was filled with foul language and overly sexual content. It may have a good story line but I don't know because I didn't finish it. A good story doesn't need to be filled with this stuff to be a good story and a bad story is surely not made better by including it!
Excellent prose and a great plot. What a delight to listen to this story (well, as long as I was braced for the brutal parts). So glad I gave this one a try, it's a Grade A crime novel. Now looking forward to my next Adrain McKinty novel.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
This is a beautifully constructed story to be enjoyed more than once. For goodness' sake, don't do what I did; before anything else, study up on Irish politics before you listen! Don't just listen to hear what happened next! I greatly enjoyed this book while badly stressed in my own life. It put my own little troubles quite in perspective when Sean checked every single time under his car for bombs! The sex is good and sweet. The violence is there, but not gross. The double-dealing is horrific. The whole book manages to be colorful and anything but boring, despite the grey weather, grey scenery, wasteland neighborhoods. I really like this detective, his simple living, his simple but cool outfits, and his record collection. I well remember when record collections were key. It was great fun letting a visitor to your apartment go thru your LP's and be impressed with your good taste! Whether jazz or classical or New Christy Minstrels.
The narrator has a very strange accent which I got used to and found refreshing. For sure we've come a long way, baby, from my last listen -- Eudora Welty! There is some slang people might not get at first. I loved the descriptions and all the details showing how enlightened people might nicely decorate an egg carton of a home and manage to live creatively despite the destruction and danger. I am so glad this author has chosen my country to raise his family. I used to live in San Francisco upstairs from the founder of The Pub Quiz. Now I begin to understand what Liam had escaped by coming here. Thank you, Mr. McKinty!
It took me several tries to get into the story, but as a stream grows fed by tributaries into a powerful force of nature, so did this narration.
The narrator's lilt and cadence and native accent, further contributed to the natural flow and intensity of the story's events. The combination of a good tale and a well matched narrator, impacted on how the pieces fell into a perfectly mixed flow; on how all the feeding streams converged to make the interest grow; and on how the roar of the tale was able to drown all other interests, to successfully catch the reader's full attention in its eddies of intrigue and secrets.
This is a story of a conflicted catholic Irish detective working with protestants in the midst of the hunger strikes, the political maneuvers, the prejudices and hatred of religion, and the conflicted sexuality of the players, where many factors of the troubled Irish history are mixed with perfectly fluid precision, which result in a natural and moving experience, dragging you in as a nature's force.
A tale of a series of hate crimes cleverly using and exploiting the circumstances of all those involved, and a smart detective determined to find the connection between the murders of men who were reputed to be gay, the disappearance of a young woman, the Protestant-Catholic conflict, the dangers of Belfast during the era, and the politicos biding for power, and the main character's identity crisis; they all make for a powerful story only made better by the author's flawless performance and his wonderfully tinged with emotions voice.
What was better the story or the narrator? What shall I say, Doyle made the experience more intense; or was it McKinty who provided the perfect tale only to be enhanced by Doyle? Or do they flow together in a stream of great story telling, pulling us in until the end of the book and leaving us, the readers, hungering for more?
As far as the mystery went, it managed to stomp me, even if I had guessed much, and that is a feat, trust me, I am who guesses a who-done-it very early on. This is one book I would recommend without hesitation.
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First time author for me, this one was set in N Ireland in the 1980's during the heighth of the Protestant/Catholic problems that were referred to as "The Troubles". The protagonist is a Catholic detective working in a Protestant police office working a string of murders that get him volved in the bigger mess that's going on. It was intense and enjoyable right from the start. It's hard to believe you hate someone just because of their religion but it's still going on today all over the globe. I really liked this book.
Adrian McKinty tells a wonderful story, and Gerard Doyle is a great narrator. I get bored when the climactic chase scene is dragged out and every detail of the car bumping over the road is spelled out. Mr. McKinty does not do that, and the climactic scenes are not one long chase scene around streets, but twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
I also like Mr. McKinty's understanding of how sociopaths think, and how he weaves that into the story in a very subtle way. His blog is really good, too. He posts frequently, and it's kind of fun to feel like you can interact with him through the comments.
Adrian McKinty has taken us back to Ireland in the early 80's and fills our senses with sights and sounds of the place and era. Sometimes the main character seems a little immature given his position education and background, but none of that detracted from a good story and a better yet view of life in Ireland during a decidedly hard time. I keep wondering: so where is our hero now, in 2013?
This is a bueatifuly assembled piece, the story skips along perfectly transporting the reader back to Ireland in the eighties. just when you feel comfortable installed within the qwaint life and cold days of Irish life, your suddenly jolted into the electrifying fear and brutality of their previous reality