By now, Adrian McKinty’s reputation for solidly crafted Irish crime novels is well-established. Equally familiar is the context into which this latest narrative is dropped. McKinty spent his childhood in Belfast at the height of paramilitary conflict there, and Falling Glass centers around a minor character from his Michael Forsythe trilogy that is steeped in precisely those historical influences. Killian, a legendary IRA heavy, emerges from retirement for what appears to be an easy money job of rescuing some rich businessman’s kids from their drug-addled mother. Naturally, complications abound and Killian soon finds himself in fierce competition with an apparently invincible Russian hit man on a case that evolves into something much uglier than a straightforward kidnapping scheme.
Throughout this debacle, Killian’s Pavee senses of humor and realism never abandon him. He has the dry wit and keen improvisational reflexes of a man raised among the Irish gypsies, which gets him into and out of trouble in equal measure. McKinty has a discerning ear for Killian’s banter, colorfully supported by Gerard Doyle’s authentic brogue. Doyle has won numerous audio awards, but perhaps more importantly, has also been with McKinty every step of the way. As narrator for the entire Michael Forsythe trilogy, Doyle is not only aware of this new novel’s background, but has also already established a clear sense of voice for many of this novel’s chief characters.
Although Forsythe takes a back seat in this story, fans of the previous trilogy will be gratified by the return of Doyle’s vision for the voice work, and find a credible set of new developments among beloved characters. But this novel is also quite capable of standing alone, and listeners who are coming fresh to Adrian McKinty’s work will not have any trouble picking up the story’s thread, thanks in part to Gerard Doyle’s confident hold on the reins of the narration. McKinty and Doyle obviously have a good chemistry going, and the conclusion of Falling Glass satisfyingly leaves plenty of room for the development of a Killian trilogy. Megan Volpert
Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest.
But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.
As Killian follows Rachel’s trail, he begins to see that there is a lot more to this case than first meets the eye and that a 30-year-old secret is going to put all of them in terrible danger.
Falling Glass is an Audible.com Best Thriller of 2011.
©2011 Adrian McKinty (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The story sounded intriguing. Plots do begin to boil down to elements, if not handled properly. A well written book is one that contains these elements, but the story is told with such talent and grace that one doesn't notice and doesn't care. It's the TELLING that makes the difference. This isn't one of those. Like music, where there are only so many notes, but look what the talented can do with them! This is not one of those.
Unfortunately the narrator was part of the problem. The lilt of an Irish accent can only enthrall for a page of two, then you've got to read for the STORY. This one only rose to the occasion a few times. Perhaps it's inexperience. If you have nothing in the story and the narrator can't add anything to it, it gets worse!
By the end of the book, I didn't care. When it was over, my comment was "whatever." Mostly I was glad it was OVER.
To be honest, I'd listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone directory, so to get to listen to him read something interesting is merely a happy bonus. (Yeah... I have a serious voice-crush!)
As for the book... fantastic, engaging story. I love books that keep me guessing. If I've figured out the entire plot and ending by page ten, I get bored. I was not bored at all the whole book. Just when I thought I had it figured out, some new bit of intrigue was tossed in the mix. I love being surprised and Adrian McKinty does a great job crafting the story with surprises and mystery to keep the reader engaged.
Not at this point.
The story began so dismally I did not want to read it in its entirety.
“Falling Glass” was excellent. I liked the character Killian, and was very invested in his fate. I liked all of the action and all of the places that Killian visited in the novel. I especially enjoyed learning about the Pavee which is a gypsy-like group in Ireland that Killian was from.
Gerard Doyle’s narration was right on target.
This is a great crime fiction, and if you are already an Adrian McKinty fan, you will enjoy this story too.
I went back and listened to portions again.
Did not know all the different nuances of being Irish. Felt like I visited the Irish countryside.
No. I had to restart the book a couple of times to get used to his accents. But once I got used to it, I even started distinguish between his different dialects and really appreciated the performance.
First I did not like the narrator and the Irish accent he used. It was hard to understand him in some parts of the book. It took a while to get into the book. I almost quit listening after the first 30 minutes because it was not going anywhere but stuck it out. Turned out to be a fairly good story. It is not an award winning book but okay to fill the time.
yes, I loved the main character, his personal struggles and growth.
The ending is a cliffhanger - makes me anxious for a sequel.
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
Absolutely. It was excellently paced. It was a fun, interesting listen.
The suspense. It kept me interested from beginning to end.
The accent... oh my goodness... the accent... gotta love it! I LOVED the narrator, he can come over and read to me anytime he wants.
I reserve a full 5 stars for "the best book ever" kinda reads, so don't let the four stars dissuade you. This book is without flaw. It isn't one of those makes you think and contemplate life kinda journeys, but it will keep you interested and is very entertaining.
I didn't know that the F--- word could be used so many times in one sentence. The story could have been really good and much shorter if the F--- word was removed. Do all Irishmen use such language or just McKinty?
Being a fan of previous McKinty books I was excited to read this. It was a bit of a slow start and a bit confusing-going back and forth to different locations. BUT the story picks up and become involved in the characters. You wind up really rooting in the end. Glad I read it. And of course Gerald Doyle is the best, really has the characters down pat.
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