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Dead I Well May Be Audiobook
Dead I Well May Be
Written by: 
Adrian McKinty
Narrated by: 
Gerard Doyle
Dead I Well May Be Audiobook

Dead I Well May Be

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Publisher's Summary

"I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went."

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.

Don't miss these other noir thrillers in the Michael Forsythe series: The Dead Yard (Unabridged) and The Bloomsday Dead (Unabridged).

©2003 Adrian McKinty; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent, and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year." (Booklist)

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    Carol 08-24-14
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    "Good read"
    Would you listen to Dead I Well May Be again? Why?

    Once was enough. I've read most of McKinty' s books, Michael is my least favorite story line


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead I Well May Be?

    The escape through the swamp, he just kept going.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good performance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it somewhat sad overall


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timo 11-21-13
    Timo 11-21-13
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    "Dragging on forever"

    For me, this one of the most bring books I've read/listened to in a long time! It just kept dragging on forever. Nothing ever happened! The only part of the book I enjoyed even remotely was the part set in Mexico but aside from that is is just going on and on and on without any real plot. The narrator was decent, though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    valerie 02-16-13
    valerie 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "Great story"

    The Irish brogue is so enchanting, I absolutely loved the Narrator. This book was great! The main Character is amazing, and if you like revenge this book will thrill you!

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    colleen United States 09-05-12
    colleen United States 09-05-12
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    "a great combination"

    author and reader are incredible together -- every book i've read with this duo has been absorbing, with LOL moments as well as suspense and "you bloody eejit" escapades

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    Don Ramona, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Don Ramona, CA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A trilogy to treasure"

    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.

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    Theresa UINTAH, UT, United States 08-24-12
    Theresa UINTAH, UT, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Delightful Surprise"

    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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    Cindy United States 07-01-12
    Cindy United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "2.5 stars--but oh so overdone with the musings"

    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.

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    Lili Naalehu, HI, United States 06-17-12
    Lili Naalehu, HI, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Beautifully Written; Captivating Narration"

    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.

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    Traven New York, NY, United States 10-22-11
    Traven New York, NY, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic crime story."

    Slow to start, but ramps up and up. Narrator really seems to capture the character.

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    bonnie 05-11-11
    bonnie 05-11-11

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    "Drags .. disappointing"

    I had listened to the follow up book in this series, and it was good and made me want to read the beginning. It was tedius. Dragged. Not recommended.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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