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
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.
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 ...
Since I had already read book 1 in this series, I knew what to expect and was quickly absorbed into the story. As in the first book, the story is dark and the tone is cynical, but it is beautifully written and narrated. Knowing little of Northern Ireland during The Troubles, this book served as a sort of history lesson as well. The mystery was more intriguing to me in this book, as compared to the first, and I enjoyed how the character of Detective Sean Duffy continued to develop. It doesn't leave you feeling good, but definitely wanting more.
Easily followed with good story & atmosphere
The unexpected ending
No one stood out. Was too anxious to hear what happened next
The audio version of a page-turner
Couldn't wait to buy another of his books which fortunately was on sale
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