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)
I used a precious credit to download this first book in the trilogy, thinking this would be a new author to fall in love with. I didn't even finish the first part. The writing/story might be great, as so many other reviewers have indicated, but the narration is flat and monotonous. I could not follow the story because my mind kept wandering off. The reading/telling of this story was emotionless and I felt nothing for any of the characters. I may go back to it when I have nothing else to listen to and am waiting for new credits to hit my account...but only then.
Ratings due to complete and utter boredom. The main character couldn't keep my interest.
Gerard Doyle man please just stop!
I did not like anything about this book.
all of them and then what character? there was none!
Thank goodness I spent less than $5.00 on this pointless babble. None of the characters are worth a second thought. The plot is of no consequence.
ONE STAR IS THE LOWEST RATING I COULD GIVE THIS BOOK.DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.UNLESS YOU WANT TO HEAR THE F WORD IN EVERY OTHER SENTENCE.IT WAS SO BAD I STARTED COUNTING HOW MANY TIMES IT WAS SAID, AND IN 10 MINUTES THEY USED IT 15 TIMES.THIS WAS THE BORINGEST BOOK I EVER LISTENED TO AND I'VE LISTENED TO QUITE A FEW.THERE IS NO WAY I COULD LISTEN TO THIS TRASH FOR 12 HOURS.
Wow, I got more than I was expecting with this book. Great character development (GREAT main character), excellent story, great narrator. A very classic mob/revenge story with and Irish twist. When I was done with this book I got the other book by the same author (also excellent). You won't be disappointed.
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