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.
This is not only a great story of its own accord, but Gerard Doyle is the most amazing narrator. His irish accent is perfect for this story set in Ireland but not only that, he is very clever with different voices. You never have to wonder who is talking! I hope Audible add more McKinty books to their list, but they must be read by Doyle.
A definite credit worthy purchase.
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 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.
This book is so good I struggled to know where to begin to talk about it. As the opening of the story indicates, an important and wonderful theme throughout the story is the role of Killian’s ethnic history and folklore. If you don’t like that sort of thing—though I dare you not to like it in this story and told by this great narrator with the engaging lilt—then you will likely not enjoy this story as much as I did. Another great aspect of the story is the characters and their full development interpersonally and intrapersonally. You get a clear picture of the world, of what’s going on, and are able to answer some “why” questions, to understand. This book is a moderate thriller combined wonderfully with an aspect of drama at its best. That’s what makes the so good. It’s a combination piece just like real life is. And the balance of the two genres really works. Also, there are no big coincidences that authors so often use to tie things together. This book is entirely plausible and therefore, enjoyable. And the narrator only adds to the great experience of this book. I don’t really have a complaint, but I will say that this is a story that doesn’t really jump out of the gate. It’s a story that improves as you get into it. So it takes a bit of time to see how good it is. I think that’s both good and bad about the story. And, be warned that the ending is unbearable, gut-wrenching and superb. I could go on, but I won’t. You get the gist. Get the book.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Adrian McKinty has done it again. This story is simply wonderful even though I must admit it has numerous grisly accountings of murder and mayhem. What I liked is the way McKinty wove so much history, human interest and mystery into a grand plot that kept moving. I found myself finding it hard to turn it off because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next.
Loved the inclusion of history and myth in relation to the bands of "travelers" or Irish "tinkers.". I loved even more the incomparable narration of Gerard Doyle. No one could possibly do it better.
As a mystery/thriller, this one is stellar!
I had never listened to Gerard Doyle before. I can't listen to most English accent narrators. But this Irish accent was so fun to hear.
I will now search for more of his books along with the author of this story, Adrian McKinty.
The story was believable, fun, and a great thriller. I loved the Character of Killian.
He's on the bad side of Crime but through the story, your on his side the whole way.
This is a must purchase. You won't regret it.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
What a buy for $4.99, sometimes you get a lucky book. I loved the dry humor. I wonder why we Americans cannot seem to find that delicate balance. I will keep searching.
A little bit of the Traveler culture with interesting peripheral characters. Not at all predictable, the book jacket is an accurate description of the story line without giving away the depth of the real story.
I listen to audio books in the shower, in the car, during excercise, but I just couldn't finish this book. It didn't hold my attention. I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the story. Sorry, I don't like to give negative reviews, but if I didn't finish the book because I was bored, I'm not going to give it positive reviews.
I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author
I really enjoyed the beginning of the book and just could not stop listening.
I was disappointed and felt that the ending could have been expanded.
All of them, great performance.
Absolutely - need to know what eventually happens and will buy more of these books
This book has the best ending of any book that I have ever listened to, bar none. I like Adrian McKinty despite an excess of what sometimes seems to me gratuitous, violence. But what makes McKinty so compelling is his sense of place and character. However the best part of this book to me as an Audible listener was the pairing of Gerard Doyle reading Adrian McKinty. Doyle is one of those rare narrators that are so evocative of place and character that, like Will Patton or Partick Tull, I could listen to him read a phone book.
The plot gets somewhat convoluted in the of middle this book but does get recalled to duty about two thirds of the way through and I just let Gerard Doyle carry me though the boggy sections. All in all a terrific download.
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