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.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
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.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Falling Glass is definitely a fast-paced thriller. Killian, the main character, is an ex-IRA enforcer who is hired to find the ex-wife of a very rich man. She uses drugs and has run away with their children. There is also a Russian hired to kill the same woman. There are lies and secrets which make the story interesting as well as plenty of action and violence. The ending is.....not typical.
The main characters are what I would call "gray" characters -- neither perfect white nor villanous black, which makes each of them unique and very real. The story is set in Ireland, read by an Irishman and written in what seems to be native Irish lingo and slang. (I had to Google several terms). Descriptions of the Irish countryside and a background of its politics enhanced the whole experience.
PERFORMANCE - It took me a while to get used to the narrator's accent, especially when he uses unfamiliar wording. He ends each sentence in an upswing as if he's asking a question, which took some getting used to as well.
OVERALL - This wouldn't have been my choice for Best Thriller 2011, but it's a very good book. There's sex, violence (including a little dismemberment) and the F-word flows freely, so it might not be for everyone.
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.
Yes! Compelling characters, good pace, interesting component of Tinkers in this story.
The main character, Killian, is a fascinating person whose intelligence, courage, sense of honor and wit make him one of the best characters to date from Adrian McKinty.
Yes. The story has unexpected twists which keep you interested.
Yes. Outstanding narration.
Love this author's work---all of it! He's at the top of my favorite authors list.
Amazing author narrator
Wonderful narrator -- like listening to music.
This is one of the best audio books that I have listened to. The performance is award winning. The writing is amazing! I am hooked on this duo.
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
Well written, as perfect a narrator as could be imagined, interesting storyline.
The ending kept me hooked until the last sentence. I will certainly now be buying other books by Adrian McKinty.
I am/was unfamiliar with Irish brogue and therefore found many words that were new to me. It took a few minutes to get into the story due to the unfamiliar words but I soon settled in for the ride. And what a fascinating story it was.
I can only think of three of four narrators who can be said to be the perfect voice for a character and I now consider Gerard Doyle to be one of them. Only he can be the voice of Killian.
I have listened to many hundreds of books over the years as a truck driver and this is my first review. I felt obliged to make a comment because I got so much out of this book.
Adrian McKinty is an excellent story teller. I was afraid for Killian when he was in danger and I laughed at his dry wit. Good story. This was my first experience with this author but I definitely will be listening to more of his books.
Having said that this is my first AM novel, I also admit this is a genre I listen to only rarely. But, I used to be a big Nelson DeMille fan, and after reading the summary of this book my interest may peaked again. It wasn't, but I admit there were strains of extremely good writing throughout the book.
I enjoyed Killian's story telling and would have like to hear more. All of the characters have flaws, but in truth the flaws are in areas most Baby Boomers have had atleast a brush with. I suspect that these characters are more true to life then the "great guy" characters we love in Clancy's and DeMilles books.
The narrator is great, and the fact that I finished the book and was engaged throughout the reading demands that I give it 4 points.
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 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.
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