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
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
Quite a way to go back into real history. If you like truly Good authors, you will enjoy this factional accounting.
Start with "A Cold Cold Ground" that introduces us to Sean Duffy, a good companion cast of characters, and background on The Troubles in the 1980's. This book resumes where that one left off. A non-stop police thriller starting with a torso in a suitcase. Duffy dives right in, with one small clue blending in to another murder. They seem to be connected, but logically they are not, or are they? Duffy digs in, getting himself targeted by various groups, cops and robbers alike. His love life is suffering, his body ends up suffering, and perhaps his future is suffering. An interesting story, along with the absolute perfect narrator pulling us back to 1980's Ireland.
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