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
Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI
It was at best, okay. Kind of trite and predictable. I like his style but this kind of fell flat.
Characters. Not evolved or intriguing.
Everything I can. He's the reason I keep downloading McKinty's novels.
Question why I used a credit for it.
Kind of disappointed in this effort. Great narration but story....not so much.
Little plot, little detecting for the detective.
Written a better story
Wonderful Irish accent. But dreadful American accent.
New England born want-to-be Irishman. I love stories set in Boston and Ireland.
Doyle brings the tones of Irish speech and phrasing that would be lost on a "Yank" reading the words on paper. He is fantastic
Not quite one sitting, but I did spend a lot of time sitting in my driveway...
Listen to the Dead Series too!
Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
I loved the Michael Forsythe trilogy by Adrian McKinty.. This series isn't as good. It's a bit slow, but it still holds together well, hence the 4 star overall rating. I LOVE listening to Gerard Doyle - hence the 5 star performance rating.
I am a big fan of this author but sometimes the stories overdose on violence, that is not the case with this book. It is the second one in the series and even better than the first. The story has the author's usual dry wit which I enjoy very much. The mystery is good and I really like the background of Belfast during "The Troubles." The reader is excellent so I gave the book 5 stars all the way around!
This series is beyond wonderful for detective/mystery lovers. The writing here is crisp and fast paced and the character development is just enough to get the point across. McGinty is a true word master and wastes nothing. The subtle humor is sheer genius at times and the stories intricately woven against a background of real events and real people. The literary references are perfect. What can I say? I am hooked. I want more. I also have to mention the masterful narration by Mr. Doyle. PLEASE get the third of this series on audiobooks as fast as you can!
Kept me interested the whole way through. I would love another book in this series ASAP. Reader is wonderful!
I am a huge fan of this author and reader. I've listened to all of Mr. McKinty's books and Gerard Doyle is the perfect reader. I'm never disappointed and always happily pleased by the language and the reading. These books are so special and not to be missed.
The narrator read the work with appropriate accented english
The vocal illustration of characters
for mystery lovers'
I listened twice and heard a better story the 2nd time around.
One of the best. I like the fact that it's a crime novel, but the crime is almost incidental to the story, which really brings to life the day-to-day issues for people working in N Ireland during the Troubles.Also like the wry sense of humour, and the way he weaves the story around real-life events.
The part where they in an armoured vehicle being shot at -- very graphic description.
Doyle is easy to listen to, and he does a great job of bringing out the character of the narrator.
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