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
Yes. I liked it.
No. I guessed who did it pretty early on but I was invested in the journey.
His performance was so good..... I am not sure if the book is actually is on par with the narration. No matter the case, he made the story better.
Loved the book hated the ending. Too manipulative.
Adrian has a wit in his stories that I truly enjoy . Gerard Doyle is perfect for the narration, he pulls you into the story wanting more. Both books I've read so far, the first chapter, has to be listened to twice, so I can get into the rhythm of the accent, but totally worth the second listen.
No jobs in Northern Ireland, no peace and no hope. No decent plot lines either, apparently, and not ability to create dramatic tension or keep this reader involved.
I think McKinty is a good writer and loved the first in The Troubles series, The Cold, Cold Ground -- anyone who names his novels after Tom Waits songs has a lot going for him.
But this second in the series, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, is a major letdown. Main character Sean Duffy's f-you attitude is still there but the storyline is scratchy so it's not worth waiting around for the resolution. There is no one in the story I could care about except perhaps the main character and we have a pretty good idea that he is going to suffer a lot of pain but not actually die.
And okay it is set in the 80s but the author's attitude to women is just retarded.
As always, Gerard Doyle does a brilliant job with the narration, which pushes the overall rating up a notch, but if you enjoyed the first of this series I would suggest you skip this one.
Would I try another McKinty novel? Perhaps I will, because he seems to be a prolific writer so there is a lot of choice and having read one good book and one bad has not yet set a pattern.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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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