Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catching Up: IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE by Adrian McKinty (audio edition)

In the Morning I'll Be GoneFrom the back of the book:
A spectacular escape and a man-hunt that could change the future of a nation - and lay one man's past to rest. Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it. Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning. From old betrayals and ancient history to 1984's most infamous crime, Sean tries not to fall behind in the race to annihilation. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?

My Review:
The third book in the 'troubles' series, once again brilliantly narrated by Gerald Doyle takes Sean Duffy, newly assigned to Special Branch back to his youth in search of an IRA man with whom he once shared a passing acquaintance. On the surface, this prison escapee manhunt seems like a criminal game of cat and mouse. Scratch that brittle and blood encrusted surface a little and the story bleeds over that preconception, evolving into a dangerous tale of terror complimented by a secondary plot of the good old fashioned whodunit variety. 

As far as the Sean Duffy books go, IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE isn't as strong as the other two (THE COLD, COLD GROUND is my personal favorite) which isn't to say it's not a good book - rather the earlier books set the bar very high. 

As usual the characters drive the story with Duffy, his handlers, and to an extent Dermot himself dictating the course of events and pushing/pulling the reader in different directions. This book, did have more of a lone-wolf vibe to it replacing the police procedural theme of the previous installments which worked well with the MI5 angle to maintain a semi shroud of secrecy  in the line of counter terrorism. 

Next up: 

Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, The Troubles, Book 4 | [Adrian McKinty]

Other books in the Sean Duffy series:

THE COLD, COLD GROUND (book #1) - this book featured in my Favorite Reads of 2014


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