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