Sunday, May 26, 2013

Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty

Am I the last to discover Adrian McKinty? Has everyone else already been reading him for years? It was only by chance that I stumbled upon this Irish thriller writer. McKinty's recent book Falling Glass has started a new obsession for me as I research his back catalog and look forward to new releases. McKinty's Celtic Noir style blends fast moving action, lyrical description and a wry sense of humor. Falling Glass also gives a glimpse into the culture of the Pavee, Ireland's nomadic ethnic minority.

At the start of Falling Glass, ex-enforcer Killian is out of "The Life" and enrolled as a mature student at University. However, when the collapse of the Irish property market leaves him short of cash, he is persuaded to do "one last job" to get some easy money. Of course, one thing leads to another and Killian is offered some serious cash to find the ex-wife of one of Ireland's richest men.

The reward being offered to locate the two children abducted by the ex-wife seems outrageously high. When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. A laptop with incriminating evidence turns out to be even more important to the client than the children. The client starts to worry that Killian has lost his killer instinct and hires another player to finish off the ex-wife and collect the laptop. Killian finds himself in competition with a hardened Russian killer to collect the reward.

I hope we haven't seen the last of Killian, but in the meantime, McKinty's latest release is out this month. I Hear the Sirens in the Street is the second in the Troubles Trilogy set in Northern Ireland in the 1980's.


  1. I was impressed by McKinty as well, especially his first book, DEAD I WELL MAY BE.

    If you're not familiar with IN THE CUT by Susanna Moore, I urge readers to discover her dauntingly intelligent, moving prose.

    1. Yes, I liked Dead I Well May Be as well! It was interesting to see the character Michael Forsythe in the early days. Both the books you mentioned are a bit older, so we have very few copies in the library system. We will have to look into the possibility of finding a few more. Thanks for your comment!

  2. I've been a McKinty fan since I listened to "Dead I Well May Be" in 2010. The audiobooks of McKinty's works are all read by Gerard Doyle. He's a master. The combination of Doyle and McKinty is perfect.

    McKinty's latest is a trilogy, The Trouble Trilogy. The first book, "The Cold Cold Ground" and the second boot, "I Hear Sirens in the Street" are excellent and highly recommended.

    Check out McKinty's blog, also:

    1. Sorry for the delayed response. I also have enjoyed The Troubles series. You are right the audio versions are excellent and help the listener picture the setting and the people that much more vividly. I recently finished I Hear Sirens in the Street and would recommend it.
      Thanks for your comment,


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