Sean Duffy can't seem to catch a break. Though clever,well-read,witty and possessed of a certain broken charm, Duffy is a man constantly asking for--and receiving trouble. A catholic cop who lives in a protestant world, Duffy has never yet been able to bring a killer to justice, and all he has to show for his efforts are a lot of scars.
"Sirens" brings us to a Belfast which has been given a sliver of hope in the form of the DeLorean Motor Company. As McKinty seems to do so well, he seamlessly weaves his fictional world around the sometimes stranger-than-life events of actual history.
I can't speak highly enough of the narrator, Gerard Doyle, who hops effortlessly between accents and dialects.
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This was a terrific read. The dialogue was quick and witty. The author brought Northern Ireland setting and time period to life. All of his characters were fleshed out and distinct. Excellent!
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
I can't compare since I didn't read the print version nor am I likely to do so.
Not really. It was a good murder mystery but hardly "edge of the seat".
DCI Sean McDuffy. Gerald Doyle is a great narrator with his perfect Irish brogue.
I don't see this book making a good film. The Irish political issues just aren't as relevant as they were in the 1980s. Everything about Ireland was depressing and dangerous. Even the characters in the book hated living there.
Guitarist with The Prudes
Recent books left me annoyed or bored towards the end, not this. A really great character that doesn't make me depressed ((Jo nesbo) and leaves me wanting more. I love the interplay of news events and the accurate feel.
When you listen to this book it really feels like you come to be part of the community. The use of language, physical depiction and character development are on another level. The people are colorful, the dialog enthralling and the story developed to build a steady building suspense that is maintained until the final page. There are no saints in a McKinty story, yet the foibles of each individual has an endearing quality that ads to the overall humanity especially of the lead character. Detective Duffy has to thread his way through burned out superior officers, politicians, local thugs and the para-military to solve this case with the entire story set during the civil war in Ireland, or as they were known "the troubles". The mood Detective Duffy is surrounded by is summed up by the head of a local para-military group when he tells Duffy, "I like you Sean, we'll kill you last".
The narration is stupendous, it is a perfect match for the story and deserves mention.
This book is highly recommended
No jobs in Northern Ireland, no peace and no hope. No decent plot lines either, apparently, and not ability to create dramatic tension or keep this reader involved.
I think McKinty is a good writer and loved the first in The Troubles series, The Cold, Cold Ground -- anyone who names his novels after Tom Waits songs has a lot going for him.
But this second in the series, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, is a major letdown. Main character Sean Duffy's f-you attitude is still there but the storyline is scratchy so it's not worth waiting around for the resolution. There is no one in the story I could care about except perhaps the main character and we have a pretty good idea that he is going to suffer a lot of pain but not actually die.
And okay it is set in the 80s but the author's attitude to women is just retarded.
As always, Gerard Doyle does a brilliant job with the narration, which pushes the overall rating up a notch, but if you enjoyed the first of this series I would suggest you skip this one.
Would I try another McKinty novel? Perhaps I will, because he seems to be a prolific writer so there is a lot of choice and having read one good book and one bad has not yet set a pattern.
I just love to listen to Grerard Doyle narrate the Sean Duffy novels. Set in Ireland during the Troubles, Inspector Duffy finds himself coming up against both sides of the conflict but respected by those who know him. Am looking forward to the next book.
Say something about yourself!
What appeals to me the most about this series is the time period and location. The time parallels my own life. The location in Northern Ireland during a period of turmoil makes a unique setting for an above average mystery writer. The narrator puts you there. Not your normal detective novels. Refreshing uniqueness.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
I liked -but not "excessively - the first book of the serie as i found the main character (inspector Duffy) a bit too crafted and the environment (the period of the quasi civil war -"the troubles "-in Ireland) overplayed. This second episode wrote off all my earlier doubts and left me without reservations. It is a damn good book, well written, with a great balance between action and characters development. The story is gritty, violent and tender at times, with nuggets of humour dropped in here and there. A really good read
Good story with superb dialogue and narration the best I've ever heard. Duffy is up there with other detective favourites like Rebus, Wallander and Bosch. You can really feel what Northern Ireland was like in the early 80's.