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 is the first book of a trilogy about Michael Forsythe. First, let me say that I have listened to nearly a hundred audio books, have experienced some excellent narration, but no reader can come close to Gerard Doyle (although Mark Hammer as Dave Robicheaux comes close). You truly feel that you are listening to Michael doing a first person narration.
The story line has been summarized here, but I would add that, as another reviewer writes, this is not nonstop action. To my mind, that is a good thing, as McKinty is masterful at describing both people and scenes. Usually I also want something with a fast pace, but in these three novels I enjoyed "smelling the flowers" along the way. Again similar to James Lee Burke.
As to the entire trilogy, the first book sets up the characters and narrative for the third and final book. The second book, The Dead Yard, is OK, but really doesn't seem to belong to the first and third very well. Not a waste of time, but not as great as the others. To me, the most satisfying of the trilogy is the last, The Bloomsday Dead, but your mileage may vary.
You will not regret the time you spend with Dead I Well May Be, living for twelve and a half hours in the life of Michael Forsythe.
I downloaded this book because I had enjoyed another book by Adrian McKinty. I read nothing about it and just waited to see where it would go. LOVED IT!
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A terrific character spoiled by lack of an editor. The action--what there is of it--is terrific. But on and on and on is the brooding philosophy of the main character. Did I mention on and on and on? Way too much. Cut two or three hours of the musings out and you have one terrific yarn. Takes 3 hours before anything happens as well. The reader was spot on wonderful. No problem there.
Rises well above the "typical" thriller or potboiler. As the story unfolds, the protagonist gets to be more and more interesting. Gerard Doyle does a fabulous job of bringing Michael to life, and his Irish lilt is lovely to listen to. The writing style is unique, creative, and absorbing. Well worth the credit -- I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the trilogy.
This book was one of the worst books i've ever bought on audible. IF you don't like alot of foul language and i meen alot . I highly recommend you don't buy this book. It was very boring. Yes there was action in it, but it to went way over bored. I bought book two also just because and put both on mp3 and listend mabye almost two hours and couldnt take anymore. And deleted both of them. I really wish i would of bought two other books.
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.
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