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.
An absolutely perfect marriage of great writing and spot-on narration. I listened to the first 2, just downloaded the 3rd in advance of my subscription because I couldn't wait--had to continue this incredible listening experience. I couldn't tell you if the narrator's Irish accent was 100% accurate, but boy, does he "become" Michael Forsyth. The melancholic air, the calm confidence, the 2-sided nature that gives the sense he feels "life is shite" yet still noticing absolute beauty in nature and, sometimes, in people--I wonder if the author would consider this to be a well-captured portrayal. All I know is that it is an unbelievable listening treat.
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.
Loved all three of this author's books. Exciting but interesting, as well. Really grabs you and takes you into another world. Highly recommend all three books.
It’s not crucial, but I would read “Dead I well may be” before “The Dead Yard,” as you are following the same charter. Hidden River is a totally independent book.
The main character, Michael, is a strange combination of low-life criminal and intellectual. The author pulls this off pretty well. There is a lot of suspense that kept me listening in spite of the violence and gore, which I don't care for. Character development is generally lacking except for the main character. This is a story about men - the only women in the story have minor roles and serve only to cause trouble for Michael.
The narration is excellent.
In a continuous litany of horror after horror, our lad Mike tells the story of two years as a wretched hoodlum in the slums of 1984 New York City. He beats, stabs, robs, or shoots nearly everyone he meets, until halfway through the book he finally gets what he deserves. Just as I think gratefully that the book is over, I realize there is another half, where much to my dismay he begins an equally sickening comeback. It's depressing, and then unpleasant, and then makes you want to vomit (not kidding), and then bores you to tears, and finally ends with a lame, unbelievable, convenient, and almost sugary ending. Add to that a narrator who can only do Irish accents, and makes Dominicans, Serbo-Croats, and everyone else sound like Irishmen transplanted to Romania, and you get a book I want to give back for a refund. No, scratch that, I want the hours back that I wasted, hoping it would improve.
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