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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adrian McKinty Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dead Trilogy Release Date:
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This Irish bad-boy thriller, set in the hardest streets of New York City, introduces us to Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping from the Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Clever, fearless, and handy with a pistol, young Michael is just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a New York crime boss, to join his gang of thugs fighting for their turf. But just as Michael is being anointed Darkey’s rising star, he inadvisably seduces Darkey’s girl. Suddenly the tables are turned, and Darkey plans a very hard fall for young Michael. But Darkey fails to account for Michael’s toughness—or his determination to wreak vengeance upon those who betray him.

A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty delivers us a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent—complete with an Irish lilt.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Michael Forsythe is a crook, a deviant, a lover, a fighter, and a thinker. His Irish-tough language of isolation and longing makes us love and trust him despite his oh-so-great and violent flaws. When you finish this book, you just might wish you’d lived the life in its pages, and thought its thoughts, both horrible and sublime.”

    Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead

  • “Michael’s pure and relentless pursuit of Darkey, and a dazzling epilogue set in 2003 in which his past catches up with him, could not be improved upon. McKinty, who now teaches in a Denver high school, is a writer to watch, and Dead I Well May Be, as a portrait of violence and revenge, is a gem.”

    Washington Post

  • “One of the Best Audiobooks of 2005…Gerard Doyle gives a riveting performance…Doyle is brilliantly understated, dark, and ironic…Lyrical, harsh, tender, and brutal, this is an amazing book boasting a stunning performance.”


  • “A literate, funny, wise old soul in the body of a dangerously naive teen, his Michael draws us close and relates a fantastic tale of murder and revenge in low, wry tones, as if from the next barstool…The dark revelations only get listeners leaning in closer, desperate to hear what happens next even while longing for the story to go on forever…And then he springs an ending so right and satisfying it leaves us numb with delight and ready to pop for another round…This is a profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent—and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year.”


  • “McKinty…is a storyteller with the kind of style and panache that blur the line between genre and mainstream. Top-drawer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debra | 2/15/2014

    " First in the series, very violent, not for everyone. I listened to this on disc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/25/2014

    " Great book - will continue to read this author. This book is a tale about a young immigrant from Ireland who ended up in the gangs of NY. Well told but wish there was a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brooke | 1/23/2014

    " WoW this book is about mofia guys in NY. They are crazy! (I think I need to read a happy book soon) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent first book of a trilogy.... "

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