The author of last year's Audible.com's Best Mystery or Thriller strikes again, only this book is even better. There is an enormous degree of sublety..Show More » and sophistication in this book, both in the plot and the vivid atmosphere created of 1980s Northern Ireland. McKinty always treats the reader as intelligent in his unwillingness to paint a black and white picture of the 'troubles'. He also builds a drum-tight plot which weaves fictional and true characters together. There's a lot of tounge in cheek humor at the expense of some of these character's bloated egos, too.All of these features make this a brilliant book, but the superb narration by Doyle works to make something sublime.
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..Show More » 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.
McKinty simply is one of the best writers out there today - of any kind. His prose is lyrical without any cloying ornamentation or sentimentality. He ..Show More »sets a firm noir tone that he brilliantly leavens with sharp observation, humor and well-defined, but not cardboard characters. But most of all, he tells a good story. It is well-paced and a continuing pleasure to read. The Gun Street Girl like the other books in this series is hard to put done. The real mystery with McKinty is why he is not more popular.