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I Hear the Sirens in the Street


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Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. In the mid 1990's he moved to New York and found work in bars, bookstores, and building sites, finally becoming a high school English teacher in Denver, Colorado. In 2004 Adrian's debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. Since then his books have sold over half a million copies and been translated into a dozen languages. Adrian won the 2017 Edgar Award and is a two time winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Barry Award.


"I Hear the Sirens in the Street blew my bloody doors off!"

-- "Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author"

"Adrian McKinty has done it again. In the second episode of a promised trilogy on the exploits of Sean Duffy...he maintains the tension, the sense of period, and the quirks of character that made The Cold Cold Ground such a compelling read."

-- "Irish Independent (Dublin) "

"Adrian McKinty has the chops to do all manner of things with words, and in I Hear the Sirens in the Street he unleashes a strain of rough and visual, sly and lyric narrative prose in service of one hell of a story. Sean Duffy is a great creation, a figure of many parts, and the place comes alive."

-- "Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone"

"Adrian McKinty's I Hear the Sirens in the Street is his second Duffy novel and it sees him right back to his very best form. It's full of pathos and has an intricate plot line that keeps Duffy, and the reader, guessing throughout. There's dark humor and violence and he evokes the time and place of the novel with unerring accuracy...At his best, McKinty is the equal of any of the current batch of crime thriller writers--and this is him at his best...If you like your crime thrillers to be action packed with plenty of sharp dialogue then this book will be very much up your street, and the 1980s nostalgic element is terrific...The only bad point is that we have to wait until 2014 for the third book in this series And in the Morning I'll Be Gone. I cannot wait."

-- "Bookbag "

"Crime fiction at its best."

-- "Booklist (starred review) "

"In this pitch-perfect sequel to The Cold Cold Ground, the second in the author's Troubles Trilogy, Duffy is nearly overwhelmed by politics. This is crime fiction at its best: a police procedural with dialogue that's crisp and occasionally lighthearted, blistering action that's often lethal, McKinty's mordant Belfastian wit, and a protagonist readers won't want to leave behind when the trilogy ends."

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

"McKinty's second Sean Duffy thriller (after The Cold Cold Ground) establishes his place in the latest generation of Irish crime writers to take the genre by storm. The bleak and almost desperate conditions of 1982 Belfast and rural Northern Ireland are presented in a fashion that make the setting an equal character in this murder mystery...The twists of the case are brilliant, the characters complex. The rich Irish brogue of Gerard Doyle is magnificent but not overwhelming to American listeners. Verdict: Highly recommended."

-- "Library Journal (starred audio review)"

"Punchy, pop culture-tinged prose, and a charismatic hero."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"The twists of the case are brilliant, the characters complex. The rich Irish brogue of Gerard Doyle is magnificent but not overwhelming to American listeners. Verdict: Highly recommended."

-- "Library Journal (starred audio review)"

"This is the second of McKinty's Troubles Trilogy--in which he brings alive one of the most conflict-filled periods in recent history. Gerard Doyle does a wonderful job with the ineffable accents of Northern Ireland and the rhythm of its dialogue. Doyle's narration is clear, well paced, and consistent. It perfectly matches the rising darkness that seems to surround Duffy as he searches for a killer."

-- "AudioFile"

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