Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Catching up: I HEAR SIRENS IN THE STREET by Adrian McKinty (audio)

I Hear the Sirens in the Street
From the back of the book:
Belfast, 1982. The city is still in recovery from the riots and hunger strikes of the previous year. Newly promoted Detective Inspector Sean Duffy finds a torso in a suitcase. It seems like the perfect crime: no fingerprints, no head. But as Duffy begins to uncover the truth, he discovers that hes not the only one trying to figure out what happened to this dead American tourist. Somehow the FBI is involved, as is British Intelligence, and its all connected to a failing car factory just up the roada factory run by the slick and shady John DeLorean. As Duffy peels back the layers on the case, he realizes that both his job and his life are once again on the line.

My Review:
The Troubles series featuring Detective Inspector Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland continues to be one of the best reads in crime fiction. Not only does the plotting run deep, it's a series that envelopes the reader in period brimming with danger and death.

I HEAR SIRENS IN THE STREET starts off in similar fashion to the standard crime novel before morphing into something much more involved with Duffy stumbling upon the murder of a male - his remains found in a suitcase. From there it's a matter of Q&A and good old fashion detective work until the case is either solved or the peelers draw a blank.

What makes this series so good is the plot threads that formulate from this murder investigation and the glimpse into the lives of the peelers themselves; from suicide, marital problems, promotion, and demotion - Duffy's comrades in arms are as lively as the main character himself.    

Like THE COLD COLD GROUND, the audio experience has brought a new feeling of continuity and familiarity with these characters that I think may not be as prevalent in print. Narrator Gerard Doyle once again proves he's the perfect fit for this series putting in another flawless performance. Doyle both compliments and enhances the novel.

I can't wait to read the next installment. 


  1. His latEst, Gun Street Girl just landed on my doorstop, I'm looking forward to reading it.

  2. I've heard very good things about it. I'm looking forward to reading it after I get through IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE.