I Hear the Sirens in the Street

I Hear the Sirens in the Street

Book - 2014
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There's no such thing as a perfect crime. Sean Duffy knows this. He's back at work and ready for the horrors that awaits him, beginning with a torso in a suitcase, dumped in an abandoned factory. Fully fit after the trauma of his last investigation, Duffy is ready to follow the trail of blood that always, always connects a body to its killer.
Publisher: London, Serpent's Tail,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9781846688195
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 20 cm.

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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 15, 2018

I'm so glad I found this series. In this second installment of the Sean Duffy series, McKinty pulls in the story of John DeLorean and his manufacturing plant in Belfast, as well as the Falkland Island War, working in perspectives that I, as an American, had never considered.

And McKinty gives us realistic side stories, like Duffy's ongoing love-hate relationship with his neighbors, especially when a black woman moves in down the Street. Duffy says, "Carrickfergus was as ethnically complex and diverse as a joint Ku Klux Klan-Nazi Party rally." And the ongoing tension of an undeclared civil war. When a dead body in a suitcase leads him to the widow of an UDR man, he tells us, "The Ulster Defense Regiment was a locally recruited regiment of the British Army... There were about five thousand UDR men and women in Northern Ireland. The IRA assassinated between fifty and a hundred of them every year."

Besides the brilliant backdrop I also love how McKinty incorporates music into Sean's character. What he listens to tells us as much about his mood as the text. At the start of the novel his sometime girlfriend, Laura is leaving for Edinburgh. Duffy is home feeling sorry for himself and listening to Nick Drake when he decides, "changed my mind. Nick Drake, like heroin or Marmite, was best in small doses."

McKinty also starts to really fill out the rest of the group Duffy works with. I loved that Matty was a Douglas Adams fan!

Altogether a great mystery with terrific pacing and characterization. McKinty keeps turning out multifaceted stories that dont get crazily complex, but do keep me guessing.

Pippi_L Aug 02, 2018

This is a fantastic series. I'm hoping the BBC takes this on as it would make a great TV series.

Great story, and compelling character caught in the unreal world during the Irish 'troubles'. I was touched by the explanation of why he set is radio alarm to "after the morning news" so that he would not start his day hearing about who/what was bombed overnight. And his description of the Irish children playing on the rubble of bombed street. blocks. Highly recommend the series.

AuntJane Jan 05, 2015

I rushed to read the second installment of this series - a great main character and interesting story. Lots of twists and turns - and they even take a trip to the Boston Suburbs! Definitely a great read.

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seaxfamx
May 13, 2014

Thanks, Nancy Pearl, for telling me about Adrian McKinty. He's a master storyteller, and Sean Duffy is a great character (he reminds me of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone, whom I miss very much). I can hardly wait to read the third in this trilogy.

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