I Hear the Sirens in the Street

I Hear the Sirens in the Street

A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

Book - 2013
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A Barry Award winner and shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award!

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case. But Sean Duffy isn't easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of distraction. So, with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that's left of an American tourist who once served in the US military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twenty-something widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before. Suddenly, Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads, enough to keep even the savviest detective busy.

Duffy's growing sense of self-doubt isn't helping. But, being a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn't let that stop him pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion.

Baker & Taylor
Detective Sean McDuffy investigates the death of an American military veteran in 1982 Ireland. Original.

& Taylor

Detective Sean Duffy investigates the death of an American military veteran in 1982 Ireland and quickly finds himself combatting his romantic instincts, professional misconduct, and powerful men.

Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781616147877
Branch Call Number: M MCKINTY 2013
Characteristics: 318 pages cm


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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 15, 2018

I'm so glad I found this series. In this second installment of the Sean Duffy series, McKinty pulls in the story of John DeLorean and his manufacturing plant in Belfast, as well as the Falkland Island War, working in perspectives that I, as an American, had never considered.

And McKinty gives us realistic side stories, like Duffy's ongoing love-hate relationship with his neighbors, especially when a black woman moves in down the Street. Duffy says, "Carrickfergus was as ethnically complex and diverse as a joint Ku Klux Klan-Nazi Party rally." And the ongoing tension of an undeclared civil war. When a dead body in a suitcase leads him to the widow of an UDR man, he tells us, "The Ulster Defense Regiment was a locally recruited regiment of the British Army... There were about five thousand UDR men and women in Northern Ireland. The IRA assassinated between fifty and a hundred of them every year."

Besides the brilliant backdrop I also love how McKinty incorporates music into Sean's character. What he listens to tells us as much about his mood as the text. At the start of the novel his sometime girlfriend, Laura is leaving for Edinburgh. Duffy is home feeling sorry for himself and listening to Nick Drake when he decides, "changed my mind. Nick Drake, like heroin or Marmite, was best in small doses."

McKinty also starts to really fill out the rest of the group Duffy works with. I loved that Matty was a Douglas Adams fan!

Altogether a great mystery with terrific pacing and characterization. McKinty keeps turning out multifaceted stories that dont get crazily complex, but do keep me guessing.

Pippi_L Aug 02, 2018

This is a fantastic series. I'm hoping the BBC takes this on as it would make a great TV series.

Great story, and compelling character caught in the unreal world during the Irish 'troubles'. I was touched by the explanation of why he set is radio alarm to "after the morning news" so that he would not start his day hearing about who/what was bombed overnight. And his description of the Irish children playing on the rubble of bombed street. blocks. Highly recommend the series.

AuntJane Jan 05, 2015

I rushed to read the second installment of this series - a great main character and interesting story. Lots of twists and turns - and they even take a trip to the Boston Suburbs! Definitely a great read.

May 13, 2014

Thanks, Nancy Pearl, for telling me about Adrian McKinty. He's a master storyteller, and Sean Duffy is a great character (he reminds me of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone, whom I miss very much). I can hardly wait to read the third in this trilogy.


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