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
Overall very good! Started slow for me, but I was pulled in quickly. Loved the backdrop of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland. The reader gave a great performance and it was fun to hear all the accents.
I have not read the print version.
He brings the Belfast atmosphere to the story.
I was repulsed. In a good way.
Great story read by a great narrator.
This detective is very engaging; young, impetuous, driven. The story surprises at many points and the narration is really terrific.