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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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Dark, vivid Irish tale of revenge

I typically listen to mysteries and thrillers but this was my second McKinty. The story is very well told and the narration was just perfect. However, the story, characters and happenings are dark and the action is vivid. There are no mysteries here but I knew that going in. The whole book is built around what happens to a particular Irish man in NY and how he deals with it. McKinty can weave quite a bit of "poetry" into his writing which makes it sound very nice but does not really move things along. If you like any McKinty, you will like this.

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Liked it

I got into McKinty with the Duffy series, which moved a lot quicker for me and I like better than the Forsythe books. Honestly, I went four hours with this book, not really connecting with it. Then it got better. The descriptions of New York are awesome. The narration on this is perfect as in all the other books. If you are first breaking into McKinty, ready Cold Cold Ground first (The trouble trilogy).

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 03-05-14

I Love This Bloody Entertaining Wanker!!

Would you listen to Dead I Well May Be again? Why?

Absolutely, there are 2 reasons I would listen to this book again: 1. Narrator did an excellent job, beyond excellent IMO.. I'm not Irish so its obvious that particular point could be questioned by indiginous persons McKinty is writing about. For me the voice sounded not only creditable but also added new dimensions in dialogue (i.e. slang, humor..).
2. The story is well written with balance between storyline, humor, violence, language, & romance. The genre I'd classify the book tends to be filled with excessive violence or language, tropes, & worst of all, predictable plots. McKinty is able to address all those issues positively.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

If 'edge of your seat' means when you listen to the whole book in 36 hour time period, than YES. The places McKinty literally takes the protagonist & development of all characters was well done, sprinkled with unique traits while containing the flaws that make a great story mesh.

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

If Doyle's native tongue is American English he does an incredible job narrating a tale with characters that cover the spectrum of accents & street slang. Even if Doyle naturally speaks accented English or its not his primary language, the delivery is done in way that keeps a listener glued to his voice.

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

When you read about 'gansta', 'mob', or criminal elements of a world most people don't know or ignore its existance, often times the entire life or large portions of the books sensationalize the illegal lifestyle. McKinty adds twists & turns in the book taking the listener to levels of thought & locations you wouldn't expect. Michaels internal dialogue shows why his character separates himself as the protagonist yet not blocking the significance of his compatriots & the antagonist. There's a part that Michael must endure in order to exact revenge, without spoiling anything, that journey is pivitol in shaping his personality in the trilogy.

Any additional comments?

This was the 1st Adrian McKinty book I've listened to & plan to read his other series when time allows, he's pushed himself towards the top in literary prowess. DEF. worth the credit just to listen to him curse lol... luckily its the "full package."

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 01-18-14

I like Mckinty's writing style

My third book by Adrian McKinty. Sometimes I feel like McKinty is the best writer no one has heard of but he gets quite a few reviews written on his books so some know about him. I jsut really like his writing style. In this book, the protaganist is 19 years old, kicked out of the British army, goes home to Northern Ireland, gets into trouble and needs to leave for awhile so goes to America and New York City. There he can't find a normal job so goes to workk for an Irish crime boss and then his situation goes from bad to worse. In the end the Irish maxim, "Don't get mad, get even", come into play and becomes the dominant theme of the book.

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  • Erica
  • Donaldsonville, LA, United States
  • 03-02-13

Crime drama done right...

In my experience, crime and suspense dramas are rarely done well. We get the stock characters dancing a maypole around a Mary Sue hero, guns, awesomeness, lady parts, more awesomeness and stay tuned for the next chapter because it's nothing but series these days!

Adrian McKinty follows the same formula, but his books are genuinely well written. Dead I May Well Be is a great book about crime and revenge set in 1992 New York that takes us on an honest to God adventure, complete with a stint in a Mexican prison.

Super fun book as always!

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Loved it.

I so enjoyed this "listen" that I followed each book in the series immediate with the next. I took drove circuitous routes just to continue the stories.

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  • Bob
  • Andover, MA, United States
  • 08-27-12

Great series, well done all around

If you could sum up Dead I Well May Be in three words, what would they be?

great story, characters and plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Forsythe

Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

Michael Forsythe

Any additional comments?

all of Adrian McKinty's books are well done and Gerard Doyle performs them beautifully. I have just gone back and re-listened to the Michael Forythe trilogy and every bit as good the second time

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 07-22-12

Better than expected!

I expected to like this book but it was quite a bit better than I had anticipated. It was much more than just an Irish mob story. There was excellent character development, a believable story line, and wonderful writing. I really cared what happened to the main character. I certainly look forward to reading more of McKinty's books.
The narration was perfect for the character and added to the story.
Kudos to McKinty and Doyle--the perfect partnership!

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  • Flavius
  • Morro Bay, CA, United States
  • 01-11-12

Lyrical and Gritty

I picked up this audiobook on the strength of some of the reviews and on the talents of the narrator, Gerard Doyle (who does not disappoint). It didn't take me long to realize I'd made a great choice.
The writing is wonderful, and quickly invests the reader in the story. The book's protagonist does some pretty awful things, but somehow still commands our affection. The story takes an unexpected (for me, anyway, despite some heavy foreshadowing) exotic turn before returning to the now-familiar streets of New York City, but it is this interlude, brought about like falling dominoes through a series of diverse actions, which gives the story much of its power.
I was previously unfamiliar with Adrian McKinty, but I will definitely be checking out some of his other works.

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Impressed I well may be

This is my kind of story - for anyone who has been to Belfast, or New York (or a Mexican prison!) the author does a great job of capturing the spirit of these places.

Love the story & the characters!

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