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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: February 2014 ISBN: 9781483010335
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 Mike | 1/23/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennine Jones | 1/16/2014

    " I love this author! I originally got the book thinking it was a cop story. Ha! Little did I know I was getting into Irish crime. I'm not a big fan of organized crime, or mob books, but this book is so very much more. Warning, there is lots of violence, bad language, etc., but I still couldn't put it down, and as soon as I was done, I got the other books in this series. Then I found everything else I could find by this author. I listened to the books, which I believe made them even better. The narrator was stunning. It is extremely well written, and the main character is so compelling you find yourself liking him and pulling for him even though if it were a story in the news you might want him put away for a very long time. The author's use of language is almost lyrical. Very Irish, very literate, very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 1/14/2014

    " Michael Forsythe #1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Onoda | 1/3/2014

    " Lyrical Irish gangster story. Lots of incomplete sentences and poetic images. Even though the protagonist is a criminal, the reader is willing to hang in there with him through a long, violent jouney towards redemption, of a sort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McKenna | 12/25/2013

    " McKinty's writing is alive and crackeling dialogue and witticisms, along with ocassional sarcasm. I will be watching and enjoying him in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 10/11/2013

    " I always enjoy Adrian McKinty's novels, this one certainly included. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Piranha | 9/30/2013

    " This first volume of the trilogy is fast paced. It's laced with violence, sex and profanity but still has a good deal of sentimentality about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 8/24/2013

    " Well it is really only half-read. Did not enjoy the "voice" of the narrator but may go back to it one day "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clive Warner | 7/10/2013

    " Kept me interested. A good thriller with convincing characters that stood off the page. The part that takes place in Mexico was convincing and I know the country pretty well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 7/2/2013

    " One of those fantastic books where the antagonist is also the protagonist. Well intention-ed Michael will cuss his way into your heart. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmy | 4/16/2013

    " All the best thing a novel could be--witty, detailed, an intense, exciting story-line!!! It kept me reading through the end and back again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 4/4/2013

    " If you aren't squeamish about blood, this book is required. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 11/30/2012

    " This was a new author for me. A fairly dark crime story set in Manhattan in the mid 1990's. A bit gruesome in the middle but otherwise an excellent book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mischelle | 11/7/2012

    " Least favorite of the 3...Angela's Ashes and 'Tis "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Whalen-Jones | 9/19/2011

    " This author is Amazing....great prose, intense characters and storytelling....dark like Andrew Vachss without the preachiness evident in his recent work. The bad guys are the good guys...sort of. Must read, not for the squeamish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andywilson | 9/12/2011

    " Good read, WAY too much swearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Siegel | 4/2/2011

    " can't read these books fast enough!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 3/8/2011

    " Dark gritty crime novel that takes the reader from Belfast to New York City and then to Mexico. A very good read though a bit too long. Loved the narration on the audio by Gerard Doyle. His Irish accent really made the listen enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 2/12/2011

    " I'm LOVING this as an audiobook - like sitting on a barstool listening to the yarn unspool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/14/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 9/3/2010

    " 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 Johari | 8/20/2010

    " Not usually a noir fan but this was interesting, funny at times and well written.

    Thanx Erin for reading it first! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 8/10/2010

    " Insane hero, lots of violence and profanity, great writing, wonderful first book. I can't wait to read more from McKinty. "

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About the Author

Adrian McKinty is the author of more than a dozen highly acclaimed novels for adults and young adults, including a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year and a winner of the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.