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)
After finishing the Sean Duffy series, I had no idea how they would take this one different direction. Similar in many ways, especially with the North Ireland influence, this is a better book than any of the predecessors. More disturbing, more gritty, and more captivating.
I thoroughly like this book. Adrian McKinty is a wonderful author. Gerard Doyle does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. I loved this team when I read the Sean Duffy series, I sincerely hope the books keep coming. Adrian McKinty makes me want to visit Ireland! Buy this book you won't be disappointed!
Envious!!! I now (want to be) think...I can rock some sort of badass accent from Northern Ireland.
Interested in series solely based upon the narrators ability
good story too
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
I love the way McKinty uses the time and place as almost a character in his novels. As if the story would not be the same if it were not for the backdrop. The way he describes the culture makes me think he was probably a very good teacher. Everything feels so real.The desperation of Michael really comes through the prose, which is sometimes just streaming thoughts. No one better to tell the tale than Gerard Doyle. You can feel everything when he narrates.
I am not sure how this is a series though because the story spans years and is pretty complete. It is about Forsyth when he was 20, but those events had repercussions for the rest of his life. I guess I will read the next book and find out.
Educated writing and character development. Surprisingly good story, a thug yes but a thug with insights. Well written and well read. Not a wimpy story or winey. Good insights into the darker side of being a goon.
There were a lot of memorable moments, the main character goes from being a total thug to being concerned with others and is appreciative in his own way. The journey through Mexico was very surprising and revealing.
Almost did this in one sitting as I was driving across country and needed something engaging to keep me going. Was very pleased with this book and drove around a few blocks more than once to finish a "session", so to speak.
Although it took me some re-listening to get with story, I am so glad I stuck it out. Some people can just write, and this man has a great talent. Looking forward to the nine left for me to listen to.
No, I wouldn't listen to it again .. but am glad I listened to it the first time
The main man, Michael. His character was a strong one and, somehow, you always know he will survive.
I have not listened to Mr. Doyle before but he did a decent job with the Irish accent, not an easy one to do. I can't imagine reading this book ... listening to it is the proper way to go because you need that Irish accent..
'I will survive'
I recommend listening to 'Dead I Well May Be'
Once was enough. I've read most of McKinty' s books, Michael is my least favorite story line
The escape through the swamp, he just kept going.
I found it somewhat sad overall
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