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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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    Kathleen 07-06-14
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    "A very talented writer"

    I look at authors who have one crappy best seller after another, and I wonder why I only happened on Adrian McKinty by accident. His books are original and the writing is excellent. Gerard Doyle does a great job with the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 04-28-13
    Margaret 04-28-13
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    The premise is interesting but I found the naration to be very wordy. The Irish story telling did not translate well to an audio presentation. Perhaps it would read better. The voilence was graphically described and I found it most unpleasant listening to the details. Reading violence allows one to censor the impact, but oral presentation leaves no room to soften the details. Overall, a lengthyy novel that did not engage me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Newmyer 06-26-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Great characters, great story"

    The story takes surprising twists and turns and the protagonist will delight you with his intelligence and wit. I can't wait to read/listen to the next book in the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Petersen Portland, OR United States 09-13-07
    Steven Petersen Portland, OR United States 09-13-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Immediately downloaded the next two books!"

    Yes, both a great story and great narrator. Somewhat violent, somewhat profane, but with an intelligent and likable main character nonetheless.

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    David Floyd 07-05-07
    David Floyd 07-05-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "A must read series"

    Both the author and reader are terrific. Make sure you read all three of the series books in order. As good as this one is, they just keep getting better from here.

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 06-18-07
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 06-18-07 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Love it"

    Great book even better narrator, The Irish accent is enchanting. I can't wait to listen to the next one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-20-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "These Dead Irish Are Worth The Investment"

    McKinty knows there's a difference between logic and perception: That time is the dimension that changes all of the others and eventually erases them. Lead character Micheal's 19th year ends, um, differently from its beginning. And that is where we puzzle through the time and murder-fueled gap between logic and perception.

    This is my fourth McKinty... I'm hoping the fifth will be at least as good as these others. Okay, this book starts slowly but then... BOOM! Wuddhell's going on, you wonder? And that wonder's spun into mystery all about why-dunnit. And then the pace snaps into warp drive. And... Gerard Doyle nails a sense of place (Belfast, Mexico, California, Texas, New York, wherever...), time, and character. Can't help it, an hour of Doyle-listening and my tongue's misted in brogue.

    These guys are a great team and this is good stuff.



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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-20-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "HALF OF NOTHING IS STILL NOTHING"

    EVERYTIME I GO ABROAD I END UP IN THE SLAMMER
    It's 1992 and Mike our main character is 19 and living on the dole in Ireland. He gets caught working a job, while collecting the dole, so to avoid going to jail, he agrees to not collect the tax payers money. There is 30% unemployment in Northern Ireland, and he does not want to do physical labor so he goes to New York City to work for a small mob boss. He would rather shoot someone in the knee caps then do physical labor. He is screwing the mob bosses girlfriend, dreaming of the day she will leave the boss and come to him for good. I could only take 4 hours and 40 minutes of this. In that time no plot developed. The main character is not likable. I will say the dialogue in this is excellent. The author can write great dialogue. This reads like a bio.

    I don't know how accurate the narrator is, I have worked with one man from Scotland, but his brogue was no where near as strong as this guy's. The lilt at the end of each sentence may be cute for the first hour, but really gets on your nerves after that. The good thing is, that I only paid $5.95 for this.

    The $5.95 secret unannounced sale.
    This had been in my wish list. When I put it there the member price was probably around $18.00, it was not $5.95. Audible takes books from time to time and lowers their member price to $5.95, so you have to check you wish list from time to time to see, if something in your wish list has been lowered.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Katz 01-29-15
    Janet Katz 01-29-15 Member Since 2006

    Avid listener of mysteries, thrillers, a little sci fi. Also enjoy self improvement titles. Mom, wife, Social Media Coordinator for biz.

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Parola138 Czech Republic 05-09-14
    Parola138 Czech Republic 05-09-14 Member Since 2017

    We bite

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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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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