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I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2 | [Adrian McKinty]

I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

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?
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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

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    William Prescott, AZ, United States 02-23-14
    William Prescott, AZ, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2002

    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.

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    "Excellent book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 02-07-14
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Gritty Triumph For McKinty"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    murph rochester ny 05-25-13
    murph rochester ny 05-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Characters, plot, historical references excellent"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marc 05-16-13
    Marc 05-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "It doesn't get much better than this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Hear the Sirens in the Street to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Someone desperately needs to edit these questions.

    I liked the milk man a lot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2014

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "RIVETING DETECTIVE MYSTERY"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Hear the Sirens in the Street to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare since I didn't read the print version nor am I likely to do so.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. It was a good murder mystery but hardly "edge of the seat".


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    DCI Sean McDuffy. Gerald Doyle is a great narrator with his perfect Irish brogue.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David APO, AE, United States 05-31-15
    David APO, AE, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2010

    Clarkplus

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    "Sean Get's Screwed"

    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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    Miles Reading, PA, United States 05-27-15
    Miles Reading, PA, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A good story"

    A nice addition to the Sean Duffy saga. Gerard Doyle is the perfect reader for these stories.

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    Richard 05-11-15
    Richard 05-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "You just can't kill him"

    Keeps me entertained. I'm going to listen to book 3 in the series and I hope it finds a way to change things up to keep me going to book 4

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Cunningham Danville, CA USA 05-03-15
    John Cunningham Danville, CA USA 05-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing series, good book, but least of the 4"
    If you could sum up I Hear the Sirens in the Street in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Sean Duffy rocks.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Joan Collin 05-02-15
    Joan Collin 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "disappointing"
    What disappointed you about I Hear the Sirens in the Street?

    not up to what I expect from Adrian Mckinty. Poor story line.


    Has I Hear the Sirens in the Street turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gerard Doyle’s performances?

    I would ... but do not care for his rendition of an English accent!


    What character would you cut from I Hear the Sirens in the Street?

    Hard to say ,,, didn't care for any of them, actually .. except Duffy ... I like Duffy.


    Any additional comments?

    I shall listen to McKinty again ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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