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Dead I Well May Be | [Adrian McKinty]

Dead I Well May Be

Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland 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.
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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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    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.

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    Neil 01-30-11
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    "One of the worst !!!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Boca Raton, FL, USA 06-10-10
    Allan Boca Raton, FL, USA 06-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Book, Superb Reader"

    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.

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    "Interesting story, not great accents by reader"

    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.

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    Frederick C. Caruso Centennial, Colorado, US 03-02-10
    Frederick C. Caruso Centennial, Colorado, US 03-02-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Dead I Well May Be - convincing"

    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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    L.G.G. Pittsburgh, PA 02-25-10
    L.G.G. Pittsburgh, PA 02-25-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story, Great narrator"

    The story held my attention. The narrator was wonderful. Altogether, I enjoyed it very much. Good read.

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    amy Darien, CT, United States 12-05-09
    amy Darien, CT, United States 12-05-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant narration"

    The book is good though not wholly believable, but what a narrator! I'd listen to this guy read the Joy of Cooking.

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    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 09-22-09
    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 09-22-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Adrian McKinty has created an original and compelling protagonist in Michael Forsythe. This is not standard fare: the plot is original and the writing is superb. Gerard Doyle is a formidable narrator.

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    Matthew Laun 07-15-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent pulp fiction, perfect narration"

    I loved this book, and finished it's sequel "Dead Yard" and am nearly done with "Bloomsday Dead". If you like swearing, drinking, killing, lusting tales of revenge and mayhem, you'll love this. Plus, the narrator fits the main character perfect, and it's written in the first person.

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    Robert E. Scarcelle 03-01-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Not Great"

    I had high hopes for this book and it was enjoyable but not "I can't stop listening" good. I grew to really enjoy the narration as the book went along. I think it started a little slow but felt any slow spots were redeemed in the last 1/3 of the book. The main character is one of those bad guys that you find yourself routing for. I will probably purchase more books by this author in the future.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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