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.
Maybe in a couple of years. I have too many others to listen to at this time.
the escape from the island
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I learned something new from this boo, about the Irish Travelers, the Pavee. never had heard of them before. Adrian McKinty has a nice writing style, he brings the Irish characters to life and I feel like he gives me a good feeling for what life in Northern Ireland must be like even though these are crime novels. This story wasn't the greatest story ever written but it was entertaining, kept my interest and I moved through it fairly quickly. I bought this on a 2 for 1 audible book sale. I felt like the purchase was worth it.
This is my first listen to this author, and its most likely to be the last. It seems like the story is firmly aimed at the US market and its description of Ireland seem direct from some tourist board brochure. The story romanticises the traveller lifestyle. The protagonist freely admits to doing this in the story itself.
The characters are all "hard men" but in reality are "lovely" "family men".
The prose drifts in to the poetic and lyrical at the oddest moments.
Couldn't finish it and would advise to steer well clear.
Adrian McKinty writes beautifully about terrible things. Gerard Doyle's performances on all of McKinty's novels are perfect. It's a great pleasure to listen to McKiinty's beautiful prose. Audible is a great way to enjoy all of his novels. His novels are dramatic and extremely violent with complex characters. I highly reccomend Falling Glass and all of Adrian McKinty's books on Audible.
Definitely. This is a really fun book with great pace and lots of action and adventure. There is a wonderful contrast between the desperation of various scenes versus the cool and aplomb of the main characters. There is lots of urban cynicism interspersed with genuine enthusiasm and optimism. Makes for a great read with lots of funny little moments.
Terrific. Great job of portraying the various characters.
Doyle is a great companion to Mckinty's storytelling, together they make a terrific team. They have taken audio books to a new venue of entertainment.
This is another page turner, where you just can't stop listening. I really enjoyed following Killian on his quest. Great job, again. Get it.
I enjoyed the way the author Adrian McKinty described the characters and the landscapes. He used humor where it was very welcome, yet there are some descriptions that are very graphic, but needed to portray the scene and people involved. I liked the story. Gerard Doyle, the reader, did an exceptionally good job with various accents. I recommend this book to those who like thriller/mysteries.
This book transported me to Ireland and painted pictures in my mind that were so vivid and realistic. From start to finish it was beautifully written and completely engrossing. I only wish we could view the ending as a mere cliff hanger.
The fight scene on the beach was awesome. My knuckles went white on the stearing wheel and I found myself talking out loud asking why no one was coming to help!
Amazingly realistic accents. He portrayed each character beautifully. I especially loved when he read lines for little Susie.
Awesome book. I highly recommend it.
I came to this book after listening to the Michael Forsyth trilogy (but not having read Fifty Grand). The first thing that struck me is how much the pyrotechnics (both plotwise and stylistically) are cooled down.
In the Forsyth books, there are multiple shootouts that can end up stretching credulity; here, we have a more cat-and-mouse plot, with a lot of energy going into characters hiding out from other characters. It's a nice refreshing change, as much as I loved the Forsyth books. Killian, the hero of the novel, is no superman, and so there's a constant knife-edge of tension, since odds are, if he gets in a fight he'll lose.
Verbally, the Forsyth books have poetic flights of fancy, which are fewer in this book. Although I missed them, they really stand out when they happen, since there are so few of them. Again, it's a refreshing change, and shows that McKinty can write in more than one voice, fitting his style to the more down-to-earth Killian.
Doyle, as always, seems perfectly suited to this material. It's hard to imagine another voice for these books (and, for that matter, I've heard Doyle on another author, and it felt lacking).
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