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.
I thought the writing was good, but the main character was immature and not at all likeable. The ending was not believable but might appeal to those individuals who like vigilante justice. I will not be reading any more books in this series.
Yes. I’ve listened to this book each time a new entry was released so that makes three times now. As to why this book has everything I come for in a good crime fiction novel as takes the listener on a journey full of humor, action scenes, suspense, mystery, witty dialogue, murder, violence, romance, character arcs and most importantly larger than life characters.
McKinty’s writing is poetry disguised as crime fiction. The only other work I can compare it to would be Ken Bruen’s workout the fatalism. Don’t get me wrong this is Northern Ireland that can accurately be called a Warzone and all the characters are young enough to have it shaped their world views but there is always something to laugh at even if it’s the disparate existence of Shawn being a Catholic working for a Protestant police force and all that entails in the way people view him and how he views the world.
Gerald Doyle is able to bring each character to life and read their lines pitch perfect. The only to have gotten a better performance is to higher individual actors for each role with each actor being extremely talented and in their profession for decades.
Yes but I'm a strong believer in not spoiling anything. This might lead some of you to think that I haven’t listened to the novel, or have an agenda or am simply a paid reviewer and the fact that this is my first review isn’t helping matters. My only defense is that I’m posting under my real name and if I were on someone’s payroll I would have a legion of indefinites to best maximize my earning potential. Plus my writing would be a lot more professional. I really don’t like this question, but that’s a tangent not relevant here.
Book 1 and 2 of this series are stand alone novels and can be read out of order. Book 3 wraps everything up so I highly suggest you read the books in order.
Yes, I am re listening to it right now. Just too good to read once.
Doyle is an excellent narrator. I believe he really brought the story to life.
Do not want to give away spoilers but I did nearly cry when one of the men is killed in and IRA attack. It is easy to get attached to McKinty"s characters.
I have read the entire series and each book is better than the previous one.
I highly recommend this book. A great Irish reader and a mystery that the author has placed so realistically into the 1980's strife of northern Ireland that I had to research to assure that it was written very recently. Not for the squeamish or homophobic it lays out the conditions under which people in Northern Ireland lived during the 60's throught 90's. I was a little familiar with the IRA but this gives a deeper view of the poitical landscape while weaving an interesting mystery and an equally interesting detective.
Several of the action sequences are drawn out too long, a relatively minor issue, but I found myself losing attention even while in what should be an exciting moment.