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)
I seem to be drawn in to stories like this one, that are first person and focus in on the thoughts and actions of the main character. This story was bleak at times, but captured my interest. The main character is a killer that goes through horrible pain and hopes to find revenge.
The narrater was very good and easy to listen to. I recommend this story for those interested in stories about the mob.
This book had some spots where the monologue goes on and on and I had to skip through it. Otherwise, I would reccommend it. My only critique is the Dominican (spanish) accent the narrator botches horribly. He sounds like Count Dracula as opposed to an uptown Dominican.
I have two or three favorite writers who have the ability to take the reader/listener down a path of a story line without taking side trails and describing items, persons etc not directly affecting the story. This writer is one who takes you on a jurney which is pure story and told in an irish acscent which draws you further into the story. I could not put this book down nor wait until I downloaded the Deadyard and Bloomsday Dead. All three are connected in a fascinating way. Each of the three are narrated by the same person and adds to the continuitiy of the trilogy. Listen to all three (in the order listed above) and see if you don't agree that Adrian McKinty can write a story and narrated by Jerrod Doyle, who I give 1/2 the credit for the realism of the stories due to his Irish inflection.
I've read (listened to) all three of the Forsythe books McKinty has written. His style is unique and captivating. What I find unique is the Forsythe character. Forsythe is a back-street brawler (from Ireland) with little education but displays a high intelligence and a cultural awareness that would be hard to believe for this type of character but McKinty pulls it off extremely well The narrator Gerard Doyle is perfectly matched for McKinty's books.
I should mention McKinty writing is very violent. I recommend this Author for any of his books.
I have listened to over 50 books, this was the slowest book I have listened to. It is well written, and the irish narrator was interesting to listen to, but the author drags on and on discribing one scene after another. While the last forth of the book was good, it wasn't worth the effort to get there.
This was an excellent book. It had plot, characters, was read well, and kept the listener connected throughout the book. I would have offered 5 stars, except the language was terrible! The f-word is used over and over, and really adds nothing to the storyline. I guess it was an attempt to make the story more believable. If so, it failed to do that for me.
Without the bad language, this is a 5-star book. As is, 3-star book. Too bad. Sometimes books improve by leaving something to the imagination.
From the annoying fake Irish accent of the narrator, to the endless descriptive passages of the pathetic life of the narrator and how disgusting it is to live in a NYC apartment full of roaches, this book is NOT worth it! I listened for 3 hours -- nothing happened -- so I stopped listening. Save your money for something good!
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
Because this book had such favorable reviews, I bought it. However I could not get past the accent of the narrator. I stopped listening after the first chapter.
The reader is as good as they come. The story is intriguing, and while some implausible escapes by the main character. would have been acceptable, the plot contains too many.
The ending is somewhat predictable, but probably unavoidably so.
The reader's accent is just right and adds a great deal to the atmosphere and character development. Like so many readers, he seems to think (mistakenly) that readers must be actors and,- again, like so many readers - he's a much better reader than an actor. Trying to deliver each character's lines with a distinctive voice is not only unecessary, but also annoying.
There were several that I found very effective.
The language disappointed me in this book. It may have been shorter by 1/2 hour if the f word had been edited out.
the accent was great. Many parts of the story were riveting.
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