Michael Forsythe

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,938 ratings

Dead I Well May Be 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.

©2003 Adrian McKinty (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • Dead I Well May Be

    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,036
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,402

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What an amazing book

    • By Starbuck on 03-11-06

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 2

    • The Dead Yard

    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 976
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 970

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A more mature Michael...

    • By Rebecarol on 08-24-08

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • The Bloomsday Dead

    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 952
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 936

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • SIX STARS ******

    • By Johnnie Walker on 03-23-07

    Regular price: $20.97