Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a
Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael
Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank and then jump off a nearby cliff?
A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister’s daughter died of a heroin overdose, which may or may not have something to do with Kelly’s subsequent death.
New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the
British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he’s getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation.
Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove his undoing.
About the Author
Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. In the mid 1990’s he moved to New York and found work in bars, bookstores and building sites, finally becoming a high school English teacher in Denver, Colorado. In 2004 Adrian’s debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. Since then his books have sold over half a million copies and been translated into a dozen languages. Adrian won the 2017 Edgar Award and is a two time winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Barry Award.
Table of Contents
1. A Scanner Darkly2. A Problem with Mr. Dwyer3. Murder Was the Case That They Gave Me4. The New Blood5. A Supposedly Fun Thing That I'll Never Do Again6. Tide Burial7. The Girl in Interview Room One8. Police Station Blues9. Contact High10. The Offer11. The Suicides Are Piling Up12. Over the Water13. Gun Street Girl14. Even the Wasps Cannot Find My Eyes15. Gottfried Habsburg16. The Third Man17. Interrogating Deirdre Ferris18. Nigel Vardon19. Special Branch Make a Scene20. Is That All There Is to a Fire?21. The Quiet American22. Davenport Blues23. Stasis24. The Mysterious Mr. Connolly25. Convincing Nigel Vardon26. The Confidential Telephone27. Our Business Now Is North28. Blue Tigers29. Flow My Tears the Policeman SaidEpilogue: A Year and a Half LaterAfterword
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The fourth book of the "troubles" trilogy wraps up the story with a very Irish ending. The series is excellent and a great read.
Detective Sean Duffy is a well-established character, with the Troubles in Northern Ireland the background for his efforts. This novel takes place in 1985 and ostensibly begins as a murder inquiry and evolves into a wider case involving gun smuggling. Duffy, a Catholic in Protestant Belfast, is akin to all the iconic protagonists much beloved by mystery readers: irreverent, intuitive and dogged. The investigation into the double murder of a young man’s parents, followed by his apparent suicide, keeps Duffy and his team plowing ahead, until further murders confirm a deeper conspiracy abounds. This gives the author the opportunity to introduce a wider perspective including possible international intrigue, gun runners, both Catholic and Protestant paramilitary organizations, the British government, MI-5, and Special Branch. Duffy comes up with probable theories, but lacks confirming evidence. All he wants to do is solve the murders, but to do so he has to take on the more complicated arms deal which seems to be the root cause of the murders. The novel is a first-rate crime story, well-written and -plotted. Duffy is an appealing character suffering in a country that is undergoing deeper misery. He first appeared in a trilogy and is likely to entertain us in the future. And that’s a good thing. Recommended.