A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim.
The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles? The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twentysomething widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before. Suddenly Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads - enough to keep even the savviest detective busy. Duffy’s growing senseof self-doubt isn’t helping. But as a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn’t let that stop him from pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion.
©2013 Adrian McKinty (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
Takes me a year to read a paper book, three pages a night before I crash. Audible has increased my reading by an unknowable percentage.
Oh, Aye. Very good. I'm from Arizona and I now find myself speaking with an Irish accent now and again. The only argument about McKinty is his cant towards classical music and rock and roll. And then in the last book he mentions Miles Davis. Good save, there.
Narrator is excellent and I'm on board to buy the next book.
Sean Duffy can't seem to catch a break. Though clever,well-read,witty and possessed of a certain broken charm, Duffy is a man constantly asking for--and receiving trouble. A catholic cop who lives in a protestant world, Duffy has never yet been able to bring a killer to justice, and all he has to show for his efforts are a lot of scars.
"Sirens" brings us to a Belfast which has been given a sliver of hope in the form of the DeLorean Motor Company. As McKinty seems to do so well, he seamlessly weaves his fictional world around the sometimes stranger-than-life events of actual history.
I can't speak highly enough of the narrator, Gerard Doyle, who hops effortlessly between accents and dialects.
Say something about yourself!
This was a terrific read. The dialogue was quick and witty. The author brought Northern Ireland setting and time period to life. All of his characters were fleshed out and distinct. Excellent!
There's no doubt.
Gerard Doyle's reading takes you straight into Ireland, engulfs you and doesn't let go. McKinty seriously knows how to paint an environment even with the sparse language he uses but Doyle interprets his writing in a way that elevates it well beyond the words.
If there's a better writer/reader combination on Audible I have yet to find it.
On the edge. That is a such dumb question.
This is not one of those Shots fired, dumb joke, flat remark, shots fired type of books. There is an interesting main plot, yes, but many others things are happening and if you weren't present during the "troubles" in Northern Ireland during that time (I certainly wasn't) this is your chance of getting a hint of what it could have felt like.
Someone desperately needs to edit these questions.
I liked the milk man a lot.
Yes, but I mainly listen during commuting and so my daily listening time is limited. That's why I augmented by reading the print (ebook) version.
I you haven't come across Adrian McKinty before and can deal with tough violence go and read the Michael Forsythe trilogy (starts with "Dead I Well May Be"). Gerard Doyle reads these as well. It's unfortunate that McKinty is struggling to sell his books but this may relate to the fact that he doesn't follow the shoot-smug remark-shoot formula.
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I can't compare since I didn't read the print version nor am I likely to do so.
Not really. It was a good murder mystery but hardly "edge of the seat".
DCI Sean McDuffy. Gerald Doyle is a great narrator with his perfect Irish brogue.
I don't see this book making a good film. The Irish political issues just aren't as relevant as they were in the 1980s. Everything about Ireland was depressing and dangerous. Even the characters in the book hated living there.
What is it they say, "No good deed will go unpunished." The author has developed a character that really wants to do good but has to climb so many fences to get there. He really seems to be the wrong person at the wrong place but seems to get the job done.
Northern Ireland seems to be a land so full of contradictions that characters like Sean Duffy do not seem to fit at all, yet they do.
Good book and I recommend it to all.
Amazing perspective looking into Northern Ireland in the 80's. Get the grunge feel of a young inspector in a small town, as he does his murder investigation -- which, as always, is more than in seems. Complex stories, lots of layers, interesting characters.
I love how they drop little pop culture references into the story continually, usually things like the tape he happens to put into his car player, or the real life political events that were going on at the time.
Sean Duffy rocks.
Sadly, while the story was very interesting, there were specific sub-plots that just were cleaned up too neatly, and felt contrived. Didn't feel that way in the other books.
not up to what I expect from Adrian Mckinty. Poor story line.
I would ... but do not care for his rendition of an English accent!
Hard to say ,,, didn't care for any of them, actually .. except Duffy ... I like Duffy.
I shall listen to McKinty again ...
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