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Dead I Well May Be Audiobook

Dead I Well May Be

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 03-20-15
    carmen OFallon, MO, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2011

    Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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    "Great imagery"

    I love the way McKinty uses the time and place as almost a character in his novels. As if the story would not be the same if it were not for the backdrop. The way he describes the culture makes me think he was probably a very good teacher. Everything feels so real.The desperation of Michael really comes through the prose, which is sometimes just streaming thoughts. No one better to tell the tale than Gerard Doyle. You can feel everything when he narrates.
    I am not sure how this is a series though because the story spans years and is pretty complete. It is about Forsyth when he was 20, but those events had repercussions for the rest of his life. I guess I will read the next book and find out.

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    Leif Eek Stockholm 03-18-15
    Leif Eek Stockholm 03-18-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Love the accent"

    Very good dialoge, indeed Belfast humour. Will be interesting to listen to Mickey's adventures in the next book.

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    Judith Myers 02-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listening, not a typical "gang" novel"
    If you could sum up Dead I Well May Be in three words, what would they be?

    Educated writing and character development. Surprisingly good story, a thug yes but a thug with insights. Well written and well read. Not a wimpy story or winey. Good insights into the darker side of being a goon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead I Well May Be?

    There were a lot of memorable moments, the main character goes from being a total thug to being concerned with others and is appreciative in his own way. The journey through Mexico was very surprising and revealing.


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

    Almost did this in one sitting as I was driving across country and needed something engaging to keep me going. Was very pleased with this book and drove around a few blocks more than once to finish a "session", so to speak.


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    Lorrie H 02-11-15
    Lorrie H 02-11-15
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    "My fifth McKinty novel and still eager for more!"

    Although it took me some re-listening to get with story, I am so glad I stuck it out. Some people can just write, and this man has a great talent. Looking forward to the nine left for me to listen to.

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    Joan Collin 01-13-15
    Joan Collin 01-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "very entertaining"
    Would you listen to Dead I Well May Be again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't listen to it again .. but am glad I listened to it the first time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main man, Michael. His character was a strong one and, somehow, you always know he will survive.


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

    I have not listened to Mr. Doyle before but he did a decent job with the Irish accent, not an easy one to do. I can't imagine reading this book ... listening to it is the proper way to go because you need that Irish accent..


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    'I will survive'


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend listening to 'Dead I Well May Be'

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    Carol 08-24-14
    Carol 08-24-14
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    "Good read"
    Would you listen to Dead I Well May Be again? Why?

    Once was enough. I've read most of McKinty' s books, Michael is my least favorite story line


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead I Well May Be?

    The escape through the swamp, he just kept going.


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

    Good performance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it somewhat sad overall


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    Timo 11-21-13
    Timo 11-21-13
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    "Dragging on forever"

    For me, this one of the most bring books I've read/listened to in a long time! It just kept dragging on forever. Nothing ever happened! The only part of the book I enjoyed even remotely was the part set in Mexico but aside from that is is just going on and on and on without any real plot. The narrator was decent, though.

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    valerie 02-16-13
    valerie 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "Great story"

    The Irish brogue is so enchanting, I absolutely loved the Narrator. This book was great! The main Character is amazing, and if you like revenge this book will thrill you!

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    colleen United States 09-05-12
    colleen United States 09-05-12
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    "a great combination"

    author and reader are incredible together -- every book i've read with this duo has been absorbing, with LOL moments as well as suspense and "you bloody eejit" escapades

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    Don Ramona, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Don Ramona, CA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A trilogy to treasure"

    This is the first book of a trilogy about Michael Forsythe. First, let me say that I have listened to nearly a hundred audio books, have experienced some excellent narration, but no reader can come close to Gerard Doyle (although Mark Hammer as Dave Robicheaux comes close). You truly feel that you are listening to Michael doing a first person narration.
    The story line has been summarized here, but I would add that, as another reviewer writes, this is not nonstop action. To my mind, that is a good thing, as McKinty is masterful at describing both people and scenes. Usually I also want something with a fast pace, but in these three novels I enjoyed "smelling the flowers" along the way. Again similar to James Lee Burke.
    As to the entire trilogy, the first book sets up the characters and narrative for the third and final book. The second book, The Dead Yard, is OK, but really doesn't seem to belong to the first and third very well. Not a waste of time, but not as great as the others. To me, the most satisfying of the trilogy is the last, The Bloomsday Dead, but your mileage may vary.
    You will not regret the time you spend with Dead I Well May Be, living for twelve and a half hours in the life of Michael Forsythe.

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