I Hear the Sirens in the Street

ihearthesirensI Hear the Sirens in the Street
by Adrian McKinty
2013 / 320 pages
Read by Gerard Doyle 9h 40m
Rating:  A  / crime (historical)

I wasn’t going to read this although it was for a group (4_Mystery_Addicts) and available in Audio format.  Then I found out from the early discussion that McKinty’s second novel in the “Troubles” trilogy takes place during The Troubles of  Northern Ireland –  (1968- 1970s).  That got me curious and the sample sounded good.

I found myself thoroughly engaged with finding out whose body (trunk only) that was in the suitcase and who would have killed him but the id on the suitcase is that of a man who died years prior –

About chapter 10 I got a tad  annoyed –  a goodly chunk of the plot is the same wolf in sheep’s (er – pig’s clothing).   Whatever – the cops and politicos are corrupt,  yawn.  (Is this supposed to be shocking or does it simply resonate with most readers as realism? Maybe the “who done it” part just doesn’t matter any more.) But there are other suspects so that eases up my annoyance level a lot.

The  interesting parts kept me going though –  the forensics,  the historical background (which is underscored in several ways) and the character was kind of fun although he’s another “as usual”  in crime books these days – to wit –  lead detective, Sean Duffy,   is unmarried,  a rather soft-spoken loner,  enjoys music,  but a bit of a rogue.

Another element to  keep me reading with interest is the very nice writing and the humor –  (lots of great understated humor) is good stuff.

The Troubles –
BBC:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/troubles

Wikipedia-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles 

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