Rain Dogs : The Troubles

  • by Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • Series: The Troubles
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?


What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

McKintey's Off The Needle!

I almost swore off of Adrian McKinty after listening to his, "The River" last month. I found it to be an AWFUL self-indulgent drug addled morass! Odd since I'd given him about 135 stars for the last ten of his novels I've heard. I'd probably have given "Rain Dogs" 15 stars as well if it weren't for the acrid debris still in my ears from "The River". But here Shawn Duffy's back. I recall when this series was supposed to be a triad - but it's obviously been nurtured into a larger crop by the money fans have poured into Duffy's engaging maturation. And the ending's a clear signal to Duffy's future growth.

If you've caught up with this series, then yeah, get "Rain Dogs", if not... start from the beginning. Since it's set in 80s Northern Ireland - each of these books is as fresh as the day they were first read by Gerard Doyle. And Doyle, once again, is Shawn Duffy as he moves through the rain, bombs, and political murk of British secrets.

Oh... the plot here's so classic that McKinty spends a LOT of time actually apologizing for its familiarity... Charmingly I think, but I won't be surprised when I read other reviewers who find it a LOT derivative of earlier Duffy novels.

I'll buy the next Shawn Duffy tale, now that McKinley's almost entirely flushed "The River" from my memory.
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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.