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I Hear the Sirens in the Street Audiobook

I Hear the Sirens in the Street: Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2

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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.

©2013 Adrian McKinty (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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    "Always the best!"

    Adrian McKinty isn't an ordinary writer. His descriptions and humor put him a rank above other writers in my book. His storylines are never boring. Try to listen to every word or you'll miss the best parts. And his love of good music is obvious.

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    Barbara 05-05-17
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    "Could do without so many f bombs"

    Great historical detective novel. Had some the American culture references wrong, but easy to understand considering the author perhaps didn't have a American editor.

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    K R D 04-18-17
    K R D 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another great listen, interwoven against an historical backdrop"

    This series has been an amazing discovery...
    Like the first book, it was another great story, interwoven against an historical backdrop. The narration is fundamental to its awesomeness!

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    Robert H. Mclaughlin Coral springs, Florida 04-18-17
    Robert H. Mclaughlin Coral springs, Florida 04-18-17
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    "great read"

    another great Sean Duffy mystery. Thoroughly enjoyed it. would recommend this book to anyone. looking forward to my next Sean Duffy mystery.

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    Jan Neff-Sinclair Carlsbad 03-12-17
    Jan Neff-Sinclair Carlsbad 03-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book"

    The detective story itself, while being pretty decent, is almost secondary to the background and the times. You feel like you too are living through the "the troubles" at the same time that you see how hopeless and bleak it is in Northern Island.

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    Lester Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 03-10-17
    Lester Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 03-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Ireland In Extremis"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Hear the Sirens in the Street to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure better is the right word. Adrian is very meticulous in his word choice so I imagine reading it is going to have a very profound effect like poetry each word is vital for having the best experience. The audio version has Gerald Doyle who based on his performance marries his vision of the book to Adrian. One isn't better than the other but based on my preferences I prefer the audio version.


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

    What keeps the listener on their seat for the entire novel is that every character from minor supporting characters to the main cast is in extremis and acting accordingly. Unlike the first novel where everyone would still want to kill the bad guy no matter what state the country in, in this book if not for The Troubles there would be no conflict and everyone would be friends. Instead there all this blood death and misery punctuated by gallows humor. It's like everyone on death row.


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

    This is the first book where Adrian put Gerard abilities to the test. The cast while small enough to keep track of easily are from all over the world. Sean even does some traveling. Doyle never missed a beat everyone from Little Rock Arkansas to England sounds authentic.


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

    Yes but it's hard to find a ten hour block of time where you can listen to the whole thing at once.


    Any additional comments?

    A minor note. In this novel I love the Sean in the book but I do not like him. After the events of I Hear Sirens In The Streets I like him and love him. I have no way of proving it but I think Adrian set him up on his high horse just to know him down as part of his evolution and character arc.

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    Sævar Ari Finnbogason 02-22-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story and performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Hear the Sirens in the Street to be better than the print version?

    YES!
    Gerald Doyle is Irishness itselfe


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Hear the Sirens in the Street?

    No spoilers :)


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful


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

    No particular moment of so many


    Any additional comments?

    This is book all you would expect from the author. A real pleasure.

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    David 01-13-17
    David 01-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "More Totally 80s! Ireland"

    The second book in “The Troubles” series. one of the wave of “Belfast Noir” series I became interested in after reading Stuart Neville.

    While Neville’s stories are set in modern Ireland, Adrian McKinty is writing about Northern Ireland in the 80s, at the height of sectarian violence. In this second book about Detective-Inspector Sean Duffy, an Irish-Catholic who’s joined the police (and thus become an enemy of pretty much everyone), McKinty inserts a murder mystery into as many 80s pop culture references as he can shove into a book about Northern Ireland. Duffy is a music and movie aficionado so we can be frequently reminded of what bands were “cool” in the 80s, but the big time capsule here is Back to the Future (the movie is actually name-checked in the book) and the Delorean Motor Company.

    Delorean really did set up a manufacturing facility for its cars in Northern Ireland in the 80s. It was meant to provide jobs and economic stability to the region, giving the British government hope for a means of quelling the violence. Unfortunately, it all fell apart a few years later, with John Delorean charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs.

    In I Hear The Sirens in the Street, DI Duffy is thrust right into this historical plot, when the chopped-up body of a retired American tourist is found and somehow becomes connected to the Delorean facility. This gives Duffy an excuse to meet John Delorean himself and become peripherally involved in the FBI’s sting operation. Of course in this fictional version of events, everyone on both the American and the British side is corrupt and in cahoots, Duffy gets caught in the middle trying to actually solve a crime, and he ends the book being thoroughly screwed over, as honest men always are in books like this.

    In the background of all this are also references to the Falklands War, which was also an event at the time but even more unrelated to a police inspector in Northern Ireland.

    I like McKinty’s writing well enough, but rather than developing his characters (in this book, Duffy flirts with/screws several women, and there’s no hint of the bisexuality that randomly popped up in the first book, and otherwise just bangs his head against walls and muses about music and poetry like in the last book), he mostly seems to like writing books about Totally 80s! Ireland.

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    Kelly watley Beaumont tx 11-20-16
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    "Incredibly Exciting Listen!!"

    Great listen....I could not put it down..I listen mostly while driving ...but could not wait to see what happen next so..I listened till I finished it..The only negative thing I have to say....I can't wait for the next book .

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    Erica Manfred West Hurley, New York USA 11-12-16
    Erica Manfred West Hurley, New York USA 11-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love McKinty. Have read all his books."

    Gerard Doyle is the best. I'm in love. I think I've listened to all McKinty's books

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