Gun Street Girl : The Troubles

  • by Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • Series: The Troubles
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 range 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 to be his undoing.

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What the Critics Say



Shortlisted for the 2016 Audie Award (Best Mystery) and the 2016 Edgar Award (Best Pbk Original)
"When it comes to Northern Irish crime fiction, Adrian McKinty forged the path the rest of us follow. The Sean Duffy series is the culmination of a career spent examining our darkest moments, and McKinty is the only crime writer who can do justice to our singular history." (Stuart Neville, author of The Final Silence)
"Series fans will appreciate the further insight into the fallout from tragic cases, department politics, and war. As usual, there's plenty of entertaining territorial battling between the dizzying array of law-enforcement agencies acting in Belfast, and Duffy's investigative skills seem somehow sharpened by his lost hope." (Booklist, starred review)
"Gerard Doyle gives a stunning narration of the fourth installment of McKinty's Detective Sean Duffy series.... From the subtle changes in dialect to McKinty's distinct writing cadence and dark humor, Doyle hones in on the details that make this procedural a joy to listen to." (AudioFile)

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Another McKinty Gem

McKinty simply is one of the best writers out there today - of any kind. His prose is lyrical without any cloying ornamentation or sentimentality. He sets a firm noir tone that he brilliantly leavens with sharp observation, humor and well-defined, but not cardboard characters.
But most of all, he tells a good story. It is well-paced and a continuing pleasure to read. The Gun Street Girl like the other books in this series is hard to put done.
The real mystery with McKinty is why he is not more popular.
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- Top of Mind "top of mind"

Excellent. 15 Stars! Warning Though

Is hope a business plan?

Warning: This is the fourth chapter in the epic adventure of Ulster detective Sean Duffy. Each is powerfully terrific, but they are chronological, start with "The Cold, Cold Ground" and grow along with Sean.

Now... "Gun Street Girl" is heartbreaking on so many levels. An Irish poet has written about today's Northern Ireland as "Reveling in the ordinary." Adrian McGinty moves us back into the 1980s Ulster where nothing, by our American/European standards, is ordinary. In a way, it's a hell much like this moment's Middle East or perhaps Mozambique.

Over these novels we've lived with Sean's growth (or regression) through ten years that he entered as a brilliant young man who'd hoped to make a difference by leaving a PhD program to become a cop. Originally planned as a trilogy, McKinty's narrative of Sean Duffy's trip has easily expanded into this fourth adventure swirling around a whodunit murder mystery. But from opening to solution Duffy becomes yet something almost grotesquely different from the dreamer of "The Cold, Cold Ground".

Perhaps this is the end of Duffy? Maybe it took McKinley four rather than three novels to get to this spot? Or maybe my hope in redemption will fuel another Sean Duffy experience. Even if it does end here, this is an epic that will haunt me, thanks in very large part to Gerard Doyle's spectacular talent as an actor with a tongue drunken by brogue.

McKinty is one of the greatest living popular Irish writers, and yet I understand he lives in America? Maybe you have to be from somewhere to communicate it to others? Yet historically, we are all from somewhere we left moments, minutes, hours, years, and decades ago. McKinty takes us back... To hope.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.