♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 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.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ This one hits close to home for me because my inlaws live in Northern Ireland. I’ve heard stories, but as an American, it’s really hard to understand the conflict, The Troubles as they call it. I’ve always loved books based in Ireland, always, even before I married an Irishman. We read about a “Peeler” (a cop) who is Irish Catholic, which traditionally, is left to the Prods and the English. Because he’s a Catholic, he’s a legitimate target for the IRA and other groups. In fact, he’s everybody’s target, but that won’t stop him from solving his cases. From what I understand, the scenes seem pretty real, like how it really was in those dark days.
If you’re interested in Ireland, The Troubles and enjoy a good cop book, pick this one. Or, better yet, listen to it via the Audio version. The Irish born narrator Gerrard Doyle brings this one to life. The good news is that there are at least two more books to read in The Troubles series. Thanks Adrian McKinty!