Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s....
I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went....
Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love has been murdered in America....
FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on the hunt for that most rare of all killers: a female serial....
Richard Coulter is a man who has everything....
A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores....
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals....
Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts....
Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro....
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic....
Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past....
Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen....
Rumor has it there's a Russian you can turn to if you're very rich, and need dirty deeds done without a trace....
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes....
The hero of James Lee Burke's Rain Gods, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland, and a genuine product of the South, Hackberry Holland makes his first appearance....
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening....
There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real-estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in an otherwise quiet summer tourist town....
A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim.
The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles? The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twentysomething widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before. Suddenly Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads - enough to keep even the savviest detective busy. Duffy’s growing senseof self-doubt isn’t helping. But as a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn’t let that stop him from pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion.
Sean Duffy’s back in both the 80s and in Belfast… A double dosing of intriguing melancholia. Please…. Please…. Please listen first to “The Cold Cold Ground”, Adrian McKinty’s introduction to Sean Duffy’s police work in the heart of the Irish “Troubles”. It’s important to avoid spoilers for that introductory book you’ll surely want to visit after you’ve finished this one.
But more importantly, Sean Duffy is bending in the fury of the cultural maelstrom raging about him. And the way the nature of all of this is shaping his development is deeply moving. Duffy of “Sirens in the Streets” is not the young man who we first met in “Cold Cold Ground”. This isn’t as much a series as it is an epic psychological evolution cut into sort of stand-alone hunks with “I Hear Sirens” as the second.
The sense of place in time hot-welds you inside of Ulster and its non-normal normalcy. Apparently McKinty means to write a trilogy but the detective puzzle this time is powerfully different from the fist and the ensemble cast adds and loses characters with the frequency of Ireland’s emigration rates.
Gerard Doyle’s mouth is filled with Irish and he speaks the story through a lilt that’s got to make this a finer experience than you’d hope for from the printed page. I’ll be among the first to buy the next installment in this Sean Duffy series.
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
The narrator's voice with a beautiful Irish lilt is perfectly matched to the words that are so well-written by McKinty. I want to compare the writing to soaring poetry, but I lack the skills to define how much this story -- this series -- moves me to listen so intently. I actually listened to some chapters a second time, not because I didn't understand, but because I wanted to hear it again. I am already looking forward to the day that I can re-listen to this series.
Don't even think of starting this book unless you have heard the first in the series "A Cold, Cold Ground". The background and place (1980's in Northern Ireland) have taught me a great deal about the "Troubles" near Ulster. It is fortunate that the first book is just as excellent as the second.
Sean Duffy is my hero. No need to explain, it will be readily apparent as you read this story, even though no one would claim Duffy is perfect. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I hope Adrian McKinty will not plan to take a break from writing now that he has completed this trilogy. I would read anything he puts out in the future.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I love Adrian's Sean Duffy. What a story about the Troubles of Northern Ireland and specifically the fascinating tale of John DeLorean's car manufacturing plant just outside of Belfast. Although the story takes place during the dark days of Northern Ireland,it abounds with tales of love and heartbreak as well as a good dose of Irish humor..
The book starts with a torso in a suitcase and from there it takes Duffy and his police mates McCrabbon (Crabby) and McBride on a hunt that leads them to an end no one, including the reader, expects.
I can't wait for Book3. This is McKinty at his best.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
This is a gritty series about a time when there was no good side of things. I love the fact that the hero, Sean Duffy, is Catholic working for the police. The conflicts this creates are as complicated and volatile as Belfast was in the troubles.
It's great police work mired in political intrigue. John DeLorian plays a central role in this one. I actually met him in 1984 or 5 after his fall. He was a broken man, but a good man.
The story flows and is fast moving. I'll never miss a McKinty novel and neither should you!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Story, writing, and narration excellent. Setting of this suspense novel featuring protagonist R.U.C. Detective Sean Duffy is Ulster/Northern Ireland during the infamous Troubles. Highly recommend reading in chronological order.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Adrian McKinty is one terrific writer. He.creates memorable characters, interesting mysteries and witty dialogue. I really love this series since I knew nothing about the Troubles prior to reading The Cold Cold Ground. It is bit of a history lesson wrapped up in a great story.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of I Hear the Sirens in the Street to be better than the print version?
There's no doubt.<br/><br/>Gerard Doyle's reading takes you straight into Ireland, engulfs you and doesn't let go. McKinty seriously knows how to paint an environment even with the sparse language he uses but Doyle interprets his writing in a way that elevates it well beyond the words.<br/><br/>If there's a better writer/reader combination on Audible I have yet to find it.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
On the edge. That is a such dumb question.<br/><br/>This is not one of those Shots fired, dumb joke, flat remark, shots fired type of books. There is an interesting main plot, yes, but many others things are happening and if you weren't present during the "troubles" in Northern Ireland during that time (I certainly wasn't) this is your chance of getting a hint of what it could have felt like.
Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?
Someone desperately needs to edit these questions.<br/><br/>I liked the milk man a lot.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but I mainly listen during commuting and so my daily listening time is limited. That's why I augmented by reading the print (ebook) version.
Any additional comments?
I you haven't come across Adrian McKinty before and can deal with tough violence go and read the Michael Forsythe trilogy (starts with "Dead I Well May Be"). Gerard Doyle reads these as well. It's unfortunate that McKinty is struggling to sell his books but this may relate to the fact that he doesn't follow the shoot-smug remark-shoot formula.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I love these books because they give you a sense of history of Northern Ireland. Called the "troubles" it is a history of the uprising in Northern Ireland against Britain. Listening to these books and reading history you realize that there was no winners in this struggle, To this day Northern Ireland has not recovered.
This book is interesting because one of the fictional characters is John DeLorean who started a car company in Northern Ireland to build DeLorean cars. As a fictional character, John DeLorean in this book is not much better than John DeLorean in real life,. He eventually got arrested in a drug sting in an attempt to save is car company.
This is a well narrated story which a deep sense of Irish "melancholy" of the major character, Inspector Duffy. It is a decent crime thriller and I would recommend all of these Sean Duffy novels, They grow on you. I would suggest you listen to them in order though.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
Oh, Aye. Very good. I'm from Arizona and I now find myself speaking with an Irish accent now and again. The only argument about McKinty is his cant towards classical music and rock and roll. And then in the last book he mentions Miles Davis. Good save, there. <br/><br/>Narrator is excellent and I'm on board to buy the next book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I read the first book in this series first - and I think this is required. The story itself is separate from the first one, but this book will make much more sense if you do read book one first since it sets the stage, give the background for Duffy's world, and starts Duffy down the path he is taking in this book.
If you did not like the Irish politics of book one, it is as thick here as it was there. In fact, if this story were to be pulled out of that setting, it would be a much weaker story. A lot of the obstacles that Duffy has to deal with are direct results of the political turmoil during the "Troubles".
I'm not familiar with that era, but accepted it as the backdrop of Duffy's detecting (it is a detective novel, underneath all the politics), and think it made the novel dark (noir) and heavy (in a good way). It is a violent (but non-gory) novel and there are no sex scenes.
The narration is very good, but it is a heavy Irish accent that you might have to get used to. I got the next one in the series on Audible as soon as I finished this one. Ghosts of Belfast is a read-alike book here on Audible, read by the same narrator (and it has the same setting and same noir tone).
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
These are a series of stories set during the troubles but not about them - thank God! The narrator has a very dodgy "Nornirish" accent - more Dublin than Belfast (perhaps Jimmy Nesbitt for the next series?) but despite that, this is a great story which evokes memories of Belfast and especially Carrickfergus 30 odd years ago. The author has researched the book well and many of the characters remind me of some "peelers" of the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the first and look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful