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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 Edgar Award
Rain Dogs, a stunning installment in the Sean Duffy thriller series, following the Edgar Award-nominated Gun Street Girl, is "another standout in a superior series" (Booklist).
It's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy: riot duty, heartbreak, cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked-room mysteries in one career?
When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?
©2016 Adrian McKinty (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"McKinty expertly balances Duffy's tense and suspenseful investigation with the political tensions of the region." (Publishers Review)
"McKinty manages a second locked-room success...another standout in a superior series, combining terrific plotting with evocative historical detail." (Booklist)
"The tension between McKinty's competing love of tight, formal puzzles and loose, riffing dialogue is what makes the Duffy novels such a tremendous joy." (The Guardian)
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By Craig on 03-15-16

The Narrator IS the Story

Detective Sean Duffy novels are good cop stuff set in an excellent backdrop ("The Troubles" in Ireland). Rain Dogs delivers all the gritty and humorous material we have come to expect from Adrian McKinty's erudite, but seemingly feckless (he's not…it's a ruse), Detective Inspector Duffy. However, if you are this far along in the series you don't need a lecture on that…

What I want my fellow listeners to grock is that Gerard Doyle, our reader, is one of the top five narrators in the world…unbelievably enjoyable to hear in your earbuds and totally believable as he shifts characters (male or female). HIs Irish brogue, thick or thin, is classic BBC teletheater.

This series is great, although when you begin your search click on the narrator's name first to see what he has to offer. Amazing stuff!

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By Wayne on 03-10-16

With McKinty it's about the story!

Adrian McKinty is one of the best story tellers of our time. In Rain Dogs he is at his very best. Gerard iDoyle is one of the best narrators. In Rain Dogs he is at his very best.

This Detective Sean Duffy police procedural, Book 5 in the series, is set in 1987 during turbulent times in Northern Ireland. Among other things the story is about the apparent death by suicide of a journalist at a castle. If it is murder then there appears to be only on possible culprit. Duffy sets out to solve the mystery.

This novel is as much about Sean Duffy's personal life as about the murder case. In telling this compelling story McKinty almost magically weaves the case and the personal together to where they are one.

I believed that this series would end with five books. A twist at the end casts doubt on my assumption.

Rain Dogs has mystery but little action or suspense. It is a great story well told.

I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND Rain Dogs not just to mystery/thriller enthusiasts but to all who like a good story.

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By GORDON on 10-03-16

This series just gets better and better

Inspector Sean Duffy is a relentless investigator, who's right into his music and quite fond of the drink and the cigarettes.

He's ably backed by The Crabman and Young Lawson in a captivating tale of intrigue which unfolds at a gentle but persistent pace.

There are none of the daft chase / fight scenes which blight other detective stories, and McKinty's turn of phrase is beguiling.

Gerard Doyle's narration is sublime. Terrific stuff.

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By Dr Andrew M Long on 07-17-16

Another good story

Very contemporaneous despite the setting. Gripping and lively. Good read and well delivered (some accents apart!)

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By bec on 12-29-16

Sean Duffy is a Star

Well, you know, just another wonderful tale from the pen of Adrian McKinty.
This one is slightly different, is Sean mellowing and maturing?
I must add that I think it is best to read this series from the beginning or you will miss out on so much.

Narrator Gerard Doyle pulls off another spectacular job. He is a craftsman. I have praised him so many times that I have run out of wonderful things to say

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By Gerry on 04-23-16

Great further Sean Duffy novel

Would you listen to Rain Dogs again? Why?

Have already listened to it twice. Will listen again later.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sean,Lawson, the Crab man....how can you chose??

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Brilliant as usual. He is so good and adds soooo much to the enjoyment of listening to this novel.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Is so many dry, funny moments. Sean is so funny and the Crab man is such a compliment to him.

Any additional comments?

Im sure there will be more Duffy novels..... I hope so at least.

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