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  • Written by: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Dead I Well May Be

Written by: Adrian McKinty
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
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"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.

©2003 Adrian McKinty (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"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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  • 2023-08-17

Definite page turner

Loved the author and the story. Cannot wait to read the next book in this series! My first Adrian Mckinty sure won't be my last. What a storyteller!

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Great ending

Story was a bit tedious in the middle, but certainly a great ending. Big fan of Adrian McKinty

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More magic

Another amazing book from Adrian McKinty, His poetic style of describing a scene, creation of broken characters that you find yourself pulling for, amazing plot with twists and turns right until the very end. A must read for anyone Interested in the mystery thriller genre.

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Wow!

For two days I did NOTHING but listen to this book. I was kidnapped right from the first chapter. The intricacies and details made the story real and compelling. Gerard Doyle's performance was stellar; loved the accents! He made me feel the anger, the pain, the frustration of the characters.

Mr. McKinty has created a fascinating character in Michael Forsythe. I kept forgetting that Michael was just a boy who had not yet sorted out who and what he was. Necessity forced many of his decisions and made for a whiplash adventure. I couldn't decide if he was a good guy or a bad guy. No matter. Adrian McKinty and Michael Forsythe were superb. I look forward to the next book by this wonderful wordsmith.

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I was sucked in from the beginning

I don’t know what to say. This is a totally enthralling story from beginning to the absolute end. Michael Forsythe is such a good character and McKinty writes like a poet. I binged this in about 2 days and highly recommend.

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