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)
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Listening to Gerard Doyle read McKinty's prose is like listening to great poetry. This is a brutal story of a young man's experience in the underworld, but one that I enjoyed very much. I suppose some might compare it to watching a train wreck or such. . . one knows that there are likely no happy endings, but one can't stop listening anyway.
This is an amazing narrative that will engage you completely. While beatings, murder, double cross and more are the norm, there is a tenderness in the story that will have you relating to Michael in every way. The twists and turns in Michael's relationship with Bridgette are enthralling.
This is a great story, although told with very coarse language all along the way. A geat listen. . . I recommend it highly.
There wasn't much to grab my attention in the first quarter of the book, but the story developed into quite a nail-biter. Very good overall.
The story takes surprising twists and turns and the protagonist will delight you with his intelligence and wit. I can't wait to read/listen to the next book in the series!
Yes, both a great story and great narrator. Somewhat violent, somewhat profane, but with an intelligent and likable main character nonetheless.
Both the author and reader are terrific. Make sure you read all three of the series books in order. As good as this one is, they just keep getting better from here.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
Great book even better narrator, The Irish accent is enchanting. I can't wait to listen to the next one.
I so enjoyed this "listen" that I followed each book in the series immediate with the next. I took drove circuitous routes just to continue the stories.
great story, characters and plot
all of Adrian McKinty's books are well done and Gerard Doyle performs them beautifully. I have just gone back and re-listened to the Michael Forythe trilogy and every bit as good the second time
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I expected to like this book but it was quite a bit better than I had anticipated. It was much more than just an Irish mob story. There was excellent character development, a believable story line, and wonderful writing. I really cared what happened to the main character. I certainly look forward to reading more of McKinty's books.
The narration was perfect for the character and added to the story.
Kudos to McKinty and Doyle--the perfect partnership!
I picked up this audiobook on the strength of some of the reviews and on the talents of the narrator, Gerard Doyle (who does not disappoint). It didn't take me long to realize I'd made a great choice.
The writing is wonderful, and quickly invests the reader in the story. The book's protagonist does some pretty awful things, but somehow still commands our affection. The story takes an unexpected (for me, anyway, despite some heavy foreshadowing) exotic turn before returning to the now-familiar streets of New York City, but it is this interlude, brought about like falling dominoes through a series of diverse actions, which gives the story much of its power.
I was previously unfamiliar with Adrian McKinty, but I will definitely be checking out some of his other works.
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