IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE, Adrian McKinty
This is the third book of what Adrian McKinty calls THE TROUBLES TRILOGY. This book won the Ned Kelly Award and I enjoyed it immensely. It's a locked room murder inside a story of the "troubles." I have not read the first two books so that probably factors into a certain lack of knowledge of the character and his problems with the Royal Ulster Constabulary,
Sean Duffy has a chance for reinstatement in the local forces if he is able to find the whereabouts of an infamous IRA member. The two were childhood friends so this gives him a certain insight into the terrorist. The deal with those who can tell him Dermot's whereabouts is to solve the locked room murder of their daughter a few years back. And watching Duffy solve this crime is enjoyable. McKinty writes very clearly and yet doesn't repeat himself. It's a pleasure to be led through the clues by such a good plotter.
Also enjoyable is McKinty's use of Joseph Kennedy Jr. on a trip to Belfast. And the final scenes, which take place during Margaret Thatcher's stay in a Brighton Hotel, are exciting. I liked the style of writing and the cast of characters a lot. We get some of Duffy's life but not enough to slow the action down. I also really like the single POV in this book. It does make following a plot easier. Highly recommended for crime fiction lovers.
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I'm a big fan of McKinty. Especially the Sea Duffy novels of which there are 6 now.
I think the Sean DUffy character is really interesting, Patti, and I do like McKinty's way of placing the reader in the setting and time. Glad you enjoyed this.
I agree with Steve. Read ALL the Duffy novels. (#7 - THE DETECTIVE UP LATE - is scheduled for this year.) McKinty lived in New York in the '90s.
I've enjoyed all of Adrian McKinty's books. The Sean Duffy series got better with each book!
I second (third? Fourth?) all the above comments about Adrian McKinty and the Duffy books. I'd lso like to thank you for writing a actual review, and not what is too often passed off as a review these days, which is a book report (plot description) with "I liked it" or "I didn't like it" at the end.
These are new to me (I must live under a rock), but your strong review tempts me greatly. I’ll look for the first in the series.
I have put a hold on the first, THE COLD, COLD GROUND.
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