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.