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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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    margaret king 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "From hero to herpes"

    No jobs in Northern Ireland, no peace and no hope. No decent plot lines either, apparently, and not ability to create dramatic tension or keep this reader involved.
    I think McKinty is a good writer and loved the first in The Troubles series, The Cold, Cold Ground -- anyone who names his novels after Tom Waits songs has a lot going for him.
    But this second in the series, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, is a major letdown. Main character Sean Duffy's f-you attitude is still there but the storyline is scratchy so it's not worth waiting around for the resolution. There is no one in the story I could care about except perhaps the main character and we have a pretty good idea that he is going to suffer a lot of pain but not actually die.
    And okay it is set in the 80s but the author's attitude to women is just retarded.
    As always, Gerard Doyle does a brilliant job with the narration, which pushes the overall rating up a notch, but if you enjoyed the first of this series I would suggest you skip this one.
    Would I try another McKinty novel? Perhaps I will, because he seems to be a prolific writer so there is a lot of choice and having read one good book and one bad has not yet set a pattern.

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    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 04-02-16
    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 04-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great Sean Duffy novel"

    I just love to listen to Grerard Doyle narrate the Sean Duffy novels. Set in Ireland during the Troubles, Inspector Duffy finds himself coming up against both sides of the conflict but respected by those who know him. Am looking forward to the next book.

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    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 03-08-16
    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 03-08-16 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "It's the time and place"

    What appeals to me the most about this series is the time period and location. The time parallels my own life. The location in Northern Ireland during a period of turmoil makes a unique setting for an above average mystery writer. The narrator puts you there. Not your normal detective novels. Refreshing uniqueness.

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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 09-28-15
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 09-28-15 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Five stars !"

    I liked -but not "excessively - the first book of the serie as i found the main character (inspector Duffy) a bit too crafted and the environment (the period of the quasi civil war -"the troubles "-in Ireland) overplayed. This second episode wrote off all my earlier doubts and left me without reservations. It is a damn good book, well written, with a great balance between action and characters development. The story is gritty, violent and tender at times, with nuggets of humour dropped in here and there. A really good read

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    Stuart anderson 09-14-15
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    "Another solid performance"
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    Good story with superb dialogue and narration the best I've ever heard. Duffy is up there with other detective favourites like Rebus, Wallander and Bosch. You can really feel what Northern Ireland was like in the early 80's.

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    Calliope 08-07-15
    Calliope 08-07-15
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    "great atmosphere, great narration, good plot"

    The continuation of the noir mysteries starring Detective Sean Duffy, picking up several months after The Cold Cold Ground ended......Still taking place during the Troubles in Ulster, this time involving(eventually) DeLorean and his auto company. There's some Irish/Anglo politics, some internal RUC politics, some money, some drugs, and some angst. I thought the plot was a little too convoluted, but the atmosphere is terrific and the convolutions didn't matter that much.

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    David APO, AE, United States 05-31-15
    David APO, AE, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Sean Get's Screwed"

    What is it they say, "No good deed will go unpunished." The author has developed a character that really wants to do good but has to climb so many fences to get there. He really seems to be the wrong person at the wrong place but seems to get the job done.

    Northern Ireland seems to be a land so full of contradictions that characters like Sean Duffy do not seem to fit at all, yet they do.

    Good book and I recommend it to all.

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    Miles 05-27-15
    Miles 05-27-15
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    "A good story"

    A nice addition to the Sean Duffy saga. Gerard Doyle is the perfect reader for these stories.

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    Richard 05-11-15
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    Keeps me entertained. I'm going to listen to book 3 in the series and I hope it finds a way to change things up to keep me going to book 4

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    John Cunningham Danville, CA USA 05-03-15
    John Cunningham Danville, CA USA 05-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing series, good book, but least of the 4"
    If you could sum up I Hear the Sirens in the Street in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing perspective looking into Northern Ireland in the 80's. Get the grunge feel of a young inspector in a small town, as he does his murder investigation -- which, as always, is more than in seems. Complex stories, lots of layers, interesting characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how they drop little pop culture references into the story continually, usually things like the tape he happens to put into his car player, or the real life political events that were going on at the time.


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

    Sean Duffy rocks.


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, while the story was very interesting, there were specific sub-plots that just were cleaned up too neatly, and felt contrived. Didn't feel that way in the other books.

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