♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ McKinty does it again. This series is never disappointing! Again and again, I’m drawn right back to the streets of Belfast and sucked into the world in which my husband grew up. I enjoy that we listen to these books via Audible together so I can stop them occasionally and ask questions like, “No way! Did that kind of stuff really happen?” I love the Sean Duffy character who is really a good heart, who went into the police force for all the right reasons, but is so (redeemingly) human. Smart, tough, desperate for the truth… lonely. Real. Flawed. It’s also interesting that this is recent historical fiction and events that happen in the book, are often fictionalized versions of people and places and events that took place during The Troubles. This series is definitely worth a read. Start with The Cold, Cold Ground. Let me know what you think. The Audible versions of these books are great. They’re narrated by Gerard Doyle. Excellent narration with the perfect accents!
♦ ♦ ♦ During this book, the phrase, “I see dead people” kept bouncing around in my head. Not a new premise (and from another book entirely) but one put into a modern Northern Ireland novel. I just wasn’t too keen on the plot. It seemed too simple at times and the story line didn’t stray far from the path it seemed to be on. That being said, I didn’t quit listening and I, as I usually do, enjoyed Gerard Doyle as the narrator. The details of the story about West Belfast jumped out at me because while I was reading the last few hours, we were visiting family there. I did ask a lot of questions about The Troubles and plan to take a Black Cab tour next time we’re there. So, for the story I would give it 2.5 but because of my Belfast connection, it gets a 3.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ So, Adrian McKinty is my new favorite. Wait a week and it could change, but I love these books about “The Troubles.” There’s enough real life history and an interesting cop story too. Sean Duffy, our main man, is quite human, believable, a little quirky and likes his vodka. He tends to be tenacious (good characteristic in a cop) but to the point of self detriment. During a dark time in Northern Ireland, he’s a Catholic cop in service to the Brits. This makes him unpopular with both sides of the conflict. Gerard Doyle is a class narrator and brings the Audible versions to life. I think my Northern Irish hubby, (I trapped him in my car with me and made him listen to the last half of this book) even enjoyed what he heard. I just sent the first book to my brother to read. Yes, I’d recommend this series. Start with The Cold, Cold Ground. You’re welcome!