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
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.
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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.
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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!
There's no doubt.
Gerard Doyle's reading takes you straight into Ireland, engulfs you and doesn't let go. McKinty seriously knows how to paint an environment even with the sparse language he uses but Doyle interprets his writing in a way that elevates it well beyond the words.
If there's a better writer/reader combination on Audible I have yet to find it.
On the edge. That is a such dumb question.
This is not one of those Shots fired, dumb joke, flat remark, shots fired type of books. There is an interesting main plot, yes, but many others things are happening and if you weren't present during the "troubles" in Northern Ireland during that time (I certainly wasn't) this is your chance of getting a hint of what it could have felt like.
Someone desperately needs to edit these questions.
I liked the milk man a lot.
Yes, but I mainly listen during commuting and so my daily listening time is limited. That's why I augmented by reading the print (ebook) version.
I you haven't come across Adrian McKinty before and can deal with tough violence go and read the Michael Forsythe trilogy (starts with "Dead I Well May Be"). Gerard Doyle reads these as well. It's unfortunate that McKinty is struggling to sell his books but this may relate to the fact that he doesn't follow the shoot-smug remark-shoot formula.
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.
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
A newbie to the Mystery and Thrillers genre - maybe.
Andrian McKinty 'I Hear Sirens in the Street"
The author needed to dial down the drama. In an effort to make it action packed and exciting - he overdid it. It was too formulaic. In trying to create a quirky lead character he ended up with the most annoying character in any book - ever.
Half of them, it had too many characters altogether.
The reader had a habit of ending most of his sentences in a questioning tone, very irritaitng.
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.
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