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McKinty has risen from near obscurity to one of the top crime writers today on the rare combination of gripping plots mashed with the uncommon prose one might expect from a writer packing the author's thick portfolio of Oxford-led academic creds. "Sirens" is a clever juxtaposition of a slick mystery and police procedural on top of a neat historical 1982 time capsule: the Falkland's War, the raging terrorism of the IRA, Blade Runner, "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher's Conservative administration, and even John DeLorean (who remembered that his ill-fated roadster was manufactured in Northern Ireland, and was briefly a flickering light in an otherwise dismal Northern Irish economy?) McKinty's Northern Ireland is a God-forsaken place: "...bad weather, bad people, bad food and sky-high unemployment." Consistent with its predecessor (Cold, Cold Ground"), McKinty's lofty prose is adrenaline-fueled, violent, and impossible to resist: strong characters, smart dialog, and authoritative local background supporting the tangled plot. The insightful Duffy refuses to let go of the sticky case even when it is becoming increasingly evident that he's playing well above his pay grade, leading to a ripping climax as rich in irony as it is in white-knuckled excitement.
In a trilogy, the second installment, neither the beginning nor the end, is typically the toughest. But "Sirens" is a beautifully executed instance in the set: dark, evenly paced, and intelligent - a crime noir masterpiece that will make it hard to wait another year for the series finale.
Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the Royal Ulster Constabulary or RUC, and his major co-hort, Detective Constable Mcgrabbin are dragged from their endless days of robberies and civil war issues in Northern Ireland in the 1980's to a real murder. An American male has been hacked up and found in a suitcase. The pathologist discovers he was poisoned by Rosary Pea akin to Ricin. Now how is that for a start?
The description of day to day life in Northern Ireland at this time is so real I can taste it. Checking under his BMW every morning for a bomb, Duffy is a Catholic in the land of Protestants. Life can't get much more difficult, but Duffy loves this land, wants to make it a better place. Even though all around him are undermining him or pushing for cases to move up to the big boys! John Delorean plays a part in this novel, and he feels real, the ego, the money,the graft. The novel moves slowly until a trip to Boston, then incidents move along too quickly, too unreal until the final chapter. As I previously stated, you need to leave some of your disbelief at the door. I do not like green eggs and ham, and I do not like the fate of a certain detective. However, it seems somebody up there likes the man, and he will return to a better day and the end of this trilogy.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-18-13
Another thing that I found was the author's reliance in using the Deus ex Machina to get the story line wrapped up - several time. I reached a point in this book, which was my book club's reading for the month, where I could only continue if I read the dialog in a Monty Python voice. Sorry - this should have been better.