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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adrian McKinty Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Falling Glass focuses on Killian Pavee, a minor character from McKinty's Michael Forsythe trilogy. Killian could be considered a thug for the IRA and reemerges from retiring to score cash for a job saving a wealthy industrialist's children from their neglectful and drug addicted mom.

But of course, things get complicated and Killian realizes he must face a brutal competitor in a Russian hit man, who is involved in what seems to be much more gruesome than a clear kidnapping heist.

Through all this, it is the wit and pragmatism that stay with Pavee and allow him to improvise, though sometimes this gives him trouble, which is no surprise since he was raised with Irish gypsies. The narrator for this audiobook is Gerard Doyle who has the true Irish brogue to his speech and has also narrated the rest of the Forsythe tales.

Adrian McKinty was born in 1968 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied law, politics and philosophy and moved to the U.S. in the 1990s to Harlem, New York and later to Denver, Colorado. Here he was a high school teacher, and began his journey as a writer. Now he resides in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two kids. He has written a dozen books, half of which are in two trilogies. His genres are mainly crime, mystery, and young adult fiction. He is most known as an Irish Crime novelist and has been criticized for the excessive violence in his books. Motifs of noir fiction such as revenge and betrayal are used throughout his works, which enables him to uncover the search for meaning in the cold but colorful universe of his characters.

Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls. As Killian follows Rachel’s trail, he begins to see that there is a lot more to this case than first meets the eye and that a thirty-year-old secret is going to put all of them in terrible danger.

McKinty is at his continent-hopping, well-paced, evocative best in this thriller, moving between his native Ireland and distant cities within a skin-of-his-teeth timeframe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another winner, with pathos, insight, sardonic humor, and lyrical descriptions that counterpoint the red-hot sequences to superb effect.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “McKinty is a streetwise, energetic gunslinger of a writer, firing off volleys of sassy dialogue and explosive action that always delivers what it has promised the reader. The story is skillfully constructed, and the pace is always full throttle forwards…McKinty zaps the story across countries and continents and, either through detailed research or personal experience, renders the locations convincingly. But the bulk of the story’s setting springs from his intimately observed landscape of the North. In the strongest and most impressive part of the novel McKinty blends the landscape of an island in Upper Lough Erne, insightful characterization, and narrative in a particularly creative way. Despite the genre’s frequent reliance on resolution, McKinty’s teasing ending deliberately withholds that very thing from his reader, and you sense that Killian may have more stories unfolding ahead of him, and still more traveling across the world’s seas, before he’s finally allowed to disappear into retirement.”

    Irish Times

  • “McKinty is a streetwise, energetic gunslinger of a writer, firing off volleys of sassy dialogue and explosive action that always delivers what it has promised the reader…Skillfully constructed and the pace is always full throttle forwards”

    Irish Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yvette | 2/11/2014

    " Listened to this on my iPod. I'm not usually a fan of mystery/suspense novels but this one caught my eye and I'm glad I bought it. It was a fast-moving story, never a dull moment. The narrator having the authentic Irish accent was great. Mild blood & guts but not too bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 2/6/2014

    " This novel is a slow burn, hard to get into at first, but then impossible to stop. Killian, the ex-IRA enforcer, Rachel, the junkie ex-wife who's taken off with the kids and a laptop, and the assassin, all on a collision course, and all wrestling with their own demons and choices. By changing point of view with each chapter, McKinty heightens the suspense since we often know more than each of the individual characters. McKinty's style is very well matched in Gerard Doyle's narration. In fact, I cannot imagine the book without Doyle's voice -- his accent, pacing, inflection all made the characters come alive. Learning about tinkers/Pavee/Irish Gypsies was a nice bonus -- I was unaware of this subculture and the differences from the Romani. McKinty gives us a peek inside their world, and veers away from over-romanticizing them just in time. The final confrontation is well done, bringing back Michael Forsythe, the anti-hero from the Dead trilogy (which I was compelled to read immediately after finishing Falling Glass), with a curiously satisfying open-ended conclusion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jason | 2/5/2014

    " Adrian McKinty has a gift for setting, prose, and quick dialogue. It carried me through nearly half of this book. Unfortunately the characters are as cardboard as a ghost written Patterson "novel". I will give "Cold Cold Ground" a try based upon reviews...if I can get it for free. The insight into modern Irish setting was fun for awhile, but this story reads like it was converted from a screenplay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Boomerbabe | 1/29/2014

    " love his story telling ability and character development. "

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