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.
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.
Adrian McKinty is so addictive there is a tendency to count the books I haven't yet read and worry about what I will do when I finish all of them. It isn't too much to say that McKinty is a master of mystery, and Falling Glass is a perfect showcase of his talent. The man has built mystery upon mystery to the last word of the last chapter. Gerard Doyle is once again the perfect voice for McKinty's work. Don't miss this book!
Maybe in a couple of years. I have too many others to listen to at this time.
the escape from the island
I love books!
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.
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