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
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.
When you listen to this book it really feels like you come to be part of the community. The use of language, physical depiction and character development are on another level. The people are colorful, the dialog enthralling and the story developed to build a steady building suspense that is maintained until the final page. There are no saints in a McKinty story, yet the foibles of each individual has an endearing quality that ads to the overall humanity especially of the lead character. Detective Duffy has to thread his way through burned out superior officers, politicians, local thugs and the para-military to solve this case with the entire story set during the civil war in Ireland, or as they were known "the troubles". The mood Detective Duffy is surrounded by is summed up by the head of a local para-military group when he tells Duffy, "I like you Sean, we'll kill you last".
The narration is stupendous, it is a perfect match for the story and deserves mention.
This book is highly recommended
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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!
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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.
I just love to listen to Grerard Doyle narrate the Sean Duffy novels. Set in Ireland during the Troubles, Inspector Duffy finds himself coming up against both sides of the conflict but respected by those who know him. Am looking forward to the next book.
What appeals to me the most about this series is the time period and location. The time parallels my own life. The location in Northern Ireland during a period of turmoil makes a unique setting for an above average mystery writer. The narrator puts you there. Not your normal detective novels. Refreshing uniqueness.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
I liked -but not "excessively - the first book of the serie as i found the main character (inspector Duffy) a bit too crafted and the environment (the period of the quasi civil war -"the troubles "-in Ireland) overplayed. This second episode wrote off all my earlier doubts and left me without reservations. It is a damn good book, well written, with a great balance between action and characters development. The story is gritty, violent and tender at times, with nuggets of humour dropped in here and there. A really good read
Good story with superb dialogue and narration the best I've ever heard. Duffy is up there with other detective favourites like Rebus, Wallander and Bosch. You can really feel what Northern Ireland was like in the early 80's.
The continuation of the noir mysteries starring Detective Sean Duffy, picking up several months after The Cold Cold Ground ended......Still taking place during the Troubles in Ulster, this time involving(eventually) DeLorean and his auto company. There's some Irish/Anglo politics, some internal RUC politics, some money, some drugs, and some angst. I thought the plot was a little too convoluted, but the atmosphere is terrific and the convolutions didn't matter that much.
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.
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