So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block.
Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget, saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent.
But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him.
A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent, complete with an Irish lilt.
©2003 Adrian McKinty; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent, and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year." (Booklist)
This first in a trilogy is a fabulous and unusual read, made even better by the vastly talented narrator. The books weaken a bit as they go, but the narrator makes up for any weakness.
The story is interesting, unlike any story I've read before. I can't quite figure out the purpose of the story. I liked the Irish accent by the narrator, but the South American accent is terrible! Reminds me of a Transylvanian vampire! Oh well.
After I got into it, I actually thought that this had to be an autobiography. Very convincing. A tragic commentary on a world that did exist and has faded into the darkness of time. As the son of Italian immigrants and one who experienced the Italian side of the same coin, and now an Irish citizen by legal process (with a home in SW Co. Cork), I am saddened by the misery of the "troubles" and what it did to so, but happy it did not affect those in our area. I enjoyed the reader's Irish accent.
The story held my attention. The narrator was wonderful. Altogether, I enjoyed it very much. Good read.
Adrian McKinty has created an original and compelling protagonist in Michael Forsythe. This is not standard fare: the plot is original and the writing is superb. Gerard Doyle is a formidable narrator.
I loved this book, and finished it's sequel "Dead Yard" and am nearly done with "Bloomsday Dead". If you like swearing, drinking, killing, lusting tales of revenge and mayhem, you'll love this. Plus, the narrator fits the main character perfect, and it's written in the first person.
I had high hopes for this book and it was enjoyable but not "I can't stop listening" good. I grew to really enjoy the narration as the book went along. I think it started a little slow but felt any slow spots were redeemed in the last 1/3 of the book. The main character is one of those bad guys that you find yourself routing for. I will probably purchase more books by this author in the future.
I seem to be drawn in to stories like this one, that are first person and focus in on the thoughts and actions of the main character. This story was bleak at times, but captured my interest. The main character is a killer that goes through horrible pain and hopes to find revenge.
The narrater was very good and easy to listen to. I recommend this story for those interested in stories about the mob.
This book had some spots where the monologue goes on and on and I had to skip through it. Otherwise, I would reccommend it. My only critique is the Dominican (spanish) accent the narrator botches horribly. He sounds like Count Dracula as opposed to an uptown Dominican.
I have two or three favorite writers who have the ability to take the reader/listener down a path of a story line without taking side trails and describing items, persons etc not directly affecting the story. This writer is one who takes you on a jurney which is pure story and told in an irish acscent which draws you further into the story. I could not put this book down nor wait until I downloaded the Deadyard and Bloomsday Dead. All three are connected in a fascinating way. Each of the three are narrated by the same person and adds to the continuitiy of the trilogy. Listen to all three (in the order listed above) and see if you don't agree that Adrian McKinty can write a story and narrated by Jerrod Doyle, who I give 1/2 the credit for the realism of the stories due to his Irish inflection.
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