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.
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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.
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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.
Guitarist with The Prudes
Recent books left me annoyed or bored towards the end, not this. A really great character that doesn't make me depressed ((Jo nesbo) and leaves me wanting more. I love the interplay of news events and the accurate feel.
Gerald Doyle is Irishness itselfe
No spoilers :)
No particular moment of so many
This is book all you would expect from the author. A real pleasure.
The second book in “The Troubles” series. one of the wave of “Belfast Noir” series I became interested in after reading Stuart Neville.
While Neville’s stories are set in modern Ireland, Adrian McKinty is writing about Northern Ireland in the 80s, at the height of sectarian violence. In this second book about Detective-Inspector Sean Duffy, an Irish-Catholic who’s joined the police (and thus become an enemy of pretty much everyone), McKinty inserts a murder mystery into as many 80s pop culture references as he can shove into a book about Northern Ireland. Duffy is a music and movie aficionado so we can be frequently reminded of what bands were “cool” in the 80s, but the big time capsule here is Back to the Future (the movie is actually name-checked in the book) and the Delorean Motor Company.
Delorean really did set up a manufacturing facility for its cars in Northern Ireland in the 80s. It was meant to provide jobs and economic stability to the region, giving the British government hope for a means of quelling the violence. Unfortunately, it all fell apart a few years later, with John Delorean charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs.
In I Hear The Sirens in the Street, DI Duffy is thrust right into this historical plot, when the chopped-up body of a retired American tourist is found and somehow becomes connected to the Delorean facility. This gives Duffy an excuse to meet John Delorean himself and become peripherally involved in the FBI’s sting operation. Of course in this fictional version of events, everyone on both the American and the British side is corrupt and in cahoots, Duffy gets caught in the middle trying to actually solve a crime, and he ends the book being thoroughly screwed over, as honest men always are in books like this.
In the background of all this are also references to the Falklands War, which was also an event at the time but even more unrelated to a police inspector in Northern Ireland.
I like McKinty’s writing well enough, but rather than developing his characters (in this book, Duffy flirts with/screws several women, and there’s no hint of the bisexuality that randomly popped up in the first book, and otherwise just bangs his head against walls and muses about music and poetry like in the last book), he mostly seems to like writing books about Totally 80s! Ireland.
Great listen....I could not put it down..I listen mostly while driving ...but could not wait to see what happen next so..I listened till I finished it..The only negative thing I have to say....I can't wait for the next book .
Gerard Doyle is the best. I'm in love. I think I've listened to all McKinty's books
I suspect reading it would be easier to follow, but listening to it a few minutes at a times makes it difficult to remember names and various subplots. The writing is spectacular - but given the time and setting, it's a definitely not a cheerful mods picker-upper. Through a glass darkly indeed.
Gerard Doyle is the perfect narrator for Adrian McKinty's detective Sean Duffy novels.
McKinty paints with words in the colors of emotions and imagination. The many layered plot keeps it interesting.
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