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
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Sean Duffy’s back in both the 80s and in Belfast… A double dosing of intriguing melancholia. Please…. Please…. Please listen first to “The Cold Cold Ground”, Adrian McKinty’s introduction to Sean Duffy’s police work in the heart of the Irish “Troubles”. It’s important to avoid spoilers for that introductory book you’ll surely want to visit after you’ve finished this one.
But more importantly, Sean Duffy is bending in the fury of the cultural maelstrom raging about him. And the way the nature of all of this is shaping his development is deeply moving. Duffy of “Sirens in the Streets” is not the young man who we first met in “Cold Cold Ground”. This isn’t as much a series as it is an epic psychological evolution cut into sort of stand-alone hunks with “I Hear Sirens” as the second.
The sense of place in time hot-welds you inside of Ulster and its non-normal normalcy. Apparently McKinty means to write a trilogy but the detective puzzle this time is powerfully different from the fist and the ensemble cast adds and loses characters with the frequency of Ireland’s emigration rates.
Gerard Doyle’s mouth is filled with Irish and he speaks the story through a lilt that’s got to make this a finer experience than you’d hope for from the printed page. I’ll be among the first to buy the next installment in this Sean Duffy series.
Adrian McKinty is one terrific writer. He.creates memorable characters, interesting mysteries and witty dialogue. I really love this series since I knew nothing about the Troubles prior to reading The Cold Cold Ground. It is bit of a history lesson wrapped up in a great story.
Adrian McKinty and Gerard Doyle make a good team. Doyle brings McKinty's characters to life and his voice is great to listen to. As soon as I saw this second book in The Troubles series, I re-read "In the Cold Cold Ground" and then went on to the new one. It didn't disappoint in the least, and had a surprise at the end. Now I can't wait to find out what happens next to our friend Sean Duffy. He's an interesting, likable character and I would love to see how he develops under McKinty's skilled use of language and plot.
I love Adrian's Sean Duffy. What a story about the Troubles of Northern Ireland and specifically the fascinating tale of John DeLorean's car manufacturing plant just outside of Belfast. Although the story takes place during the dark days of Northern Ireland,it abounds with tales of love and heartbreak as well as a good dose of Irish humor..
The book starts with a torso in a suitcase and from there it takes Duffy and his police mates McCrabbon (Crabby) and McBride on a hunt that leads them to an end no one, including the reader, expects.
I can't wait for Book3. This is McKinty at his best.
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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.
When you listen to this book it really feels like you come to be part of the community. The use of language, physical depiction and character development are on another level. The people are colorful, the dialog enthralling and the story developed to build a steady building suspense that is maintained until the final page. There are no saints in a McKinty story, yet the foibles of each individual has an endearing quality that ads to the overall humanity especially of the lead character. Detective Duffy has to thread his way through burned out superior officers, politicians, local thugs and the para-military to solve this case with the entire story set during the civil war in Ireland, or as they were known "the troubles". The mood Detective Duffy is surrounded by is summed up by the head of a local para-military group when he tells Duffy, "I like you Sean, we'll kill you last".
The narration is stupendous, it is a perfect match for the story and deserves mention.
This book is highly recommended
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This was an exceptionally good listen! The combination of Gerard Doyle's masterful performance and McKinty's masterful prose can't be beat. The performance takes you there to the streets of Northern Ireland where unemployed men and the political and religious factions create chaos and trauma. Sean Duffy isn't a superman, just a dedicated detective who somehow finds a way to the truth, even when it isn't a pretty truth.
This entire series (I read them out of order) is very good. I expect to relisten to them all some time in the future.
Oh, Aye. Very good. I'm from Arizona and I now find myself speaking with an Irish accent now and again. The only argument about McKinty is his cant towards classical music and rock and roll. And then in the last book he mentions Miles Davis. Good save, there.
Narrator is excellent and I'm on board to buy the next book.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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!
"Another great yarn"
These are a series of stories set during the troubles but not about them - thank God! The narrator has a very dodgy "Nornirish" accent - more Dublin than Belfast (perhaps Jimmy Nesbitt for the next series?) but despite that, this is a great story which evokes memories of Belfast and especially Carrickfergus 30 odd years ago. The author has researched the book well and many of the characters remind me of some "peelers" of the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the first and look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
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