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Publisher's Summary

"I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went."

So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block.

Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget, saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent.

But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him.

A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent, complete with an Irish lilt.

Don't miss these other noir thrillers in the Michael Forsythe series: The Dead Yard (Unabridged) and The Bloomsday Dead (Unabridged).
©2003 Adrian McKinty (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent, and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year." (Booklist)

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Superbly written and narrated!

Best Irish mob crime drama. Will be following Adrian McKinty's work from now on.
Gerard Doyle delivers. Can't wait to hear him in the sequel.

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Really enjoyed this one

Read all of the Sean Duffy series, which were fantastic. Decided to give his one a go. Was not disappointed. A little slow to get started, but exceeded my expectations in the end. Fantastic narrator.

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A very hard Listen

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm really not sure who would enjoy this particular book

Has Dead I Well May Be turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't really enjoy the book, so I had no favorites

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead I Well May Be?

The whole book was way too wordy and just went off the track too often which made it hard to keep up with the story.

Any additional comments?

I just loved the "Sean Duffy" series, but this book doesn't seem to be written with the same care to the story the author displayed in other works. Gerard Doyle was the only saving grace. Best voice in recorded books!

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not your usual gangster story

never lost interest, twists and turns were all there, but not cliche. Great anti-hero

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Disappointed

Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

I really enjoy the Troubles series, but was disappointed in this book, tried to start it several times, but finally gave up listening to it

Has Dead I Well May Be turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

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An epic story.

Where does Dead I Well May Be rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The production quality of the first one-third of the book is not as good and affects the performance.

What other book might you compare Dead I Well May Be to and why?

The protagonist develops during the course of the book into someone similar in humor and perspective as Sean Duffy, but this is noir whereas the Troubles series is mystery.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Gerald Doyle and Adrian McKinty seem to some spooky telepathic flow. It's not like Doyle is reading the text. It's like Michael Forsythe is speaking through him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There's a flashback mid-way through the book of an argument between Michael Forsythe and his brother when they are little that is endearing.

Any additional comments?

I finished this book last night and I just bought the next in the series this morning.

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Couldn't go to sleep!!!

Any additional comments?

This book is amazing. You won't find a better book. Easily in my top 10. The whole series is amazing.

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Very Engaging!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead I Well May Be to be better than the print version?

I loved this book. The narration really made it come alive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked Michael Forsythe. His character was very relate-able. Here is a hardworking Irish immigrant that's just trying to make it. He tries to be legit, but gets sucked into the underworld....typical Murphy's law.

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first Gerard Doyle performance. However, I just ordered the next book in the series because of his performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It really was, but unfortunately, I couldn't due to the length. I started the book while on a road trip, but had to finish it during my morning commute. It really made driving a pleasure.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book if you enjoy a gritty Irish working class story. Adrian McKinty is a very visual writer, and combined with the narration by Gerard Doyle, you really feel like you're part of the story.

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Disappointing

Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

Have read most of McKinty's books but found this to be very disappointing - improbable, with a poor narrative storyline - lacked realism of his other books which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was ok given the subject matter

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Second half was a distinct improvement on the first half where the story did not really flow

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Excellent storyline

Overall very good, but a bit stilted and disjointed beginning. Interesting character, but no hero.