“I Hear the Sirens in the Street blew my bloody doors off!” —Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn't easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that's left of an American tourist who once served in the US military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles? The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twentysomething widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before. Suddenly Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads—enough to keep even the savviest detective busy. Duffy's growing sense of self-doubt isn't helping. But as a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn't let that stop him from pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion.
“Adrian McKinty has done it again. In the second episode of a promised trilogy on the exploits of Sean Duffy…he maintains the tension, the sense of period, and the quirks of character that made The Cold Cold Ground such a compelling read.” —Irish Independent (Dublin)
“The twists of the case are brilliant, the characters complex. The rich Irish brogue of Gerard Doyle is magnificent but not overwhelming to American listeners. Verdict: Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred audio review)
“Punchy, pop culture–tinged prose, and a charismatic hero.” —Publishers Weekly
“This is the second of McKinty’s Troubles Trilogy—in which he brings alive one of the most conflict-filled periods in recent history. Gerard Doyle does a wonderful job with the ineffable accents of Northern Ireland and the rhythm of its dialogue. Doyle’s narration is clear, well paced, and consistent. It perfectly matches the rising darkness that seems to surround Duffy as he searches for a killer.” —AudioFile
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.