Dead I Well May Be : Michael Forsythe

  • by Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • Series: Michael Forsythe
  • 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went." So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block.
Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget, saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent.
But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him.
A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent, complete with an Irish lilt.

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What the Critics Say

"A profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent, and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year." (Booklist)

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What an amazing book

My God what a good book. Five stars isn't enough. McKinty is truly gifted as a writer - great dialog, the characters are fully developed and the plot twists seem fully believable once enough is revealed so that you see what's going on. There're a couple of scenes involving an imaginary world on a ceiling (I know this sounds weird but it isn't) that are handled so skillfully that I had to back up and listen to them again.

Two forewarnings: this isn't really a mystery story. Crime story doesn't actually seem descriptive either. I don't know how to categorize it but it is amazing. Secondly - once past the first three hours or so of the book, you won't want to go to work or do anything that will interfere with finishing the book. Up until then you're still picking up background information, trust me, it zooms along soon enough.

The guy doing the reading is really good as well, you can easily imagine that it's a story being told to you directly over a few pints over a long night in the pub.
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- Starbuck

Greater than the Sum ...

Whom do I praise first, the author or the reader? This is a first rate collaboration. Adrian McKinty provided a wonderful, literary tale of betrayal and revenge, more betrayal, more revenge and more again. Gerard Doyle took that tale, personalized the character of worldly-wise, 19-year-old Michael, and related the story as if it were his own. Thanks to his spot-on delivery, we feel Michael's joy and despair and everything in between. It's not edge-of-your seat suspense and there's not a lot of mystery. The description implies more action than there really is, but it's a doggone good story read extremely well. I hope there's more coming down the pike from these two.
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- Dawn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.