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.
Adrian McKinty again proves he can tell a story. In Falling Glass, he takes a minor character from the Dead Trilogy, Killian, and give him a staring role. Killian is a great character on his own but gives the author a chance to fill in the back story on the Irish Travelers (also Pavee but not gypsy). The Travelers are easily seen in Ireland but the average tourist won't hear much about them. McKinty's writing style in Falling Glass is closer to the first of the Dead Trilogy, Dead I well Might Be, and at times he was a little too lyrical for my tastes but there is enough action to make up for the author's verbal wanderings. And he has a tendency to give the reader a little more gore than might be necessary. But the real bonus comes from connecting a good story with excellent narration. Gerald Doyle could read the Prague phone book and keep most listeners sitting in their driveways for hours. Whatever the few shortcomings, McKinty and Doyle can't be passed up.
I've listened to all McKinty's stuff. It just keeps getting better. Gerard Doyle is in the top three best readers.
It's prose meets the murder mystery. Too good!
Adrian McKinty has an incredible way with words, and it certainly shows in his new offering Falling Glass, which I think is his best novel yet. His prose gives you a sure sense of where the characters are, what they feel along with what they see. And, if you get the novel in the form of an audio book, Gerald Doyle does an equally incredible job of enhancing that sense of feeling. These two make a great pair.
Falling Glass is a very brutal, fast paced thriller. Killian Pavee is an interesting protagonist. He is an aging (all things being relative) enforcer for an Irish kingpin in America but is trying to get out of the business. However, fate intervenes in the guise of a payday he cannot refuse. All he has to do is find an Irish airline magnate's wayward ex-wife who has disappeared with the couple's children. Of course all is not as it seems. There are some graphic scenes of violence which I found disturbing but the need to know what happened superseded any queasiness I felt while reading them. Adrian McKinty is a very good writer.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
We're told that Gerard Doyle was understudying a role on Broadway when he received call from his agent saying that an Irish voice was needed to narrate an audio book. Doyle readily admits that he knew little about audio books, but thought, "No matter. I can do that. I'm an Irishman." Do it he did, so well that he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his debut That was five years ago and since then he has garnered enough voice performance awards to cover several mantels.
Doyle is not only an Irishman but also a trained actor, which has given added veracity and dramatic effect to each of his narrations. This is especially true with his reading of an arresting dark tale by Adrian McKinty, FALLING GLASS.
Ever notice how frequently life seems to be playing a trick on us? Just when we think we have it all together, when we're happy, content, suddenly things seem to fall apart. That seems to be the case with Richard Coulter. He's a mega rich Irish business man whose budget airline is outdoing any competition; he's married to a gorgeous woman who is pregnant; has a growing casino interest in Macau, and a home to die for recently featured in Architectural Digest. What could Coulter possibly want? For starters, he wants to find his former wife and two children, and calls on Killian to accomplish this.
A 40-year-old enforcer, a debt collector, Killian is weary. He's a one-of-a-kind enforcer because he had learned to use his wits to get the desired results. While he could use force his preference was to convince by verbal persuasion - he did have a silver tongue. Unfortunately the recession affects him just as it has everyone else, so he accepts the job with Coulter. After all a half million isn't easy to come by and that was Coulter's offer.
It looked like an easy case - just find the woman and children. However, when Killian does locate them he discovers much more than he bargained for in the form of danger and a Russian hitman.
Once again McKinty has crafted a non-stop action thriller that will simply leave readers/listeners wanting more from this master of the darkly mysterious.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I'm writing this on my iPhone with one eye dilated, so forgive me if I don't make sense.
This is an Irish story read by an Irishman. Perhaps it's just my ear, but I find the reading bland and morose, rather than engaging. That said, it's a fascinating story of a hunter who begins to find himself.
I still give it 4 star for originality and suspense.
I've only listened to McKinty's books, never "read" them and it makes me wonder - would I enjoy them as much without Gerard Doyle's reading and interpretation? I don't know but they are all one helluva good listen, oops, including "Fifty Grand" which was definitely not read by Doyle!
Good storytelling, great character development and fast pace make this a credit worthy listen. Best quote from a younger thug before beating the crap out of older thug - "You are Jay Leno and I am Conan O'Brian". I laughed like hell over that line though it will date the novel terribly in about 5 more years. Highly recommend any of this author's books.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
A woman on the run with her children to keep from losing them to a tyrannical ex-husband who has unlimited recourses. Somewhat predictable with a slow plot that finally moves along towards the last third of the book. The characters were likable but here again predictable.
The narrator for me was fairly monotone but others thoroughly enjoyed.
The primary character in this book is someone readers met in passing in one of the Sean Duffy novels. I didn't realize this before I got the book, but I loved the connection. Additionally, Michael Forsythe makes an appearance in this book so if you haven't read the Michael Forsythe series, you may want to read them before reading this book, though it's not necessary.
This book is classic McKinty. It's fast paced, exciting, rich in character development, with witty and relatable dialogue. The narration is excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the characters. I strongly recommend it.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I have listened to several Adrian McKinty books and enjoy them all. The stories are typical police novels set in Northern Ireland. Most are part of a series, but this one stands alone. The main character is a "tinker" which I had never heard of before. It is a traveling community in Ireland who travel the country living in caravans (trailers). The main character leaves this life to become a private detective but he maintains the skills he learned as a Tinker including stealing cars, breaking into homes and shooting guns. THe last is not his favorite" activity, but will kill when the circumstances require it. At the end of the book he has to do plenty of that to protect a woman and her child.
What makes these books great for audio is the narrator. With a real Irish brogue, you feel transported to Ireland. He can do both mens and women's voices quite well. These books I am not sure I would read, but love the audio versions.
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