I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel Audiobook, by Adrian McKinty Play Audiobook Sample

I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Sean Duffy Series Release Date: May 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481589406

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

34

Longest Chapter Length:

30:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:36 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:03 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

19

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Publisher Description

This propulsive thriller is a “gruesomely accurate portrayal of ’80s life in Ireland” (Kirkus Reviews) from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author Adrian McKinty.

“Adrian McKinty just leapt to the top of my list of must-read suspense novelists.  He’s the real deal.” —Dennis Lehane

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn't easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that's left of an American tourist who once served in the US military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles? The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twentysomething widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before.

Suddenly Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads—enough to keep even the savviest detective busy. Duffy's growing sense of self-doubt isn't helping. But as a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn't let that stop him from pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion.

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“Adrian McKinty’s I Hear the Sirens in the Street is his second Duffy novel and it sees him right back to his very best form. It’s full of pathos and has an intricate plot line that keeps Duffy, and the reader, guessing throughout. There’s dark humor and violence and he evokes the time and place of the novel with unerring accuracy…At his best, McKinty is the equal of any of the current batch of crime thriller writers—and this is him at his best…If you like your crime thrillers to be action packed with plenty of sharp dialogue then this book will be very much up your street, and the 1980s nostalgic element is terrific…The only bad point is that we have to wait until 2014 for the third book in this series And in the Morning I'll Be Gone. I cannot wait.”

— Bookbag  

Quotes

  • “I Hear the Sirens in the Street blew my bloody doors off!”

    — Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Adrian McKinty has done it again. In the second episode of a promised trilogy on the exploits of Sean Duffy…he maintains the tension, the sense of period, and the quirks of character that made The Cold Cold Ground such a compelling read.”

    — Irish Independent (Dublin)
  • “Punchy, pop culture–tinged prose, and a charismatic hero.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “This is the second of McKinty’s Troubles Trilogy—in which he brings alive one of the most conflict-filled periods in recent history. Gerard Doyle does a wonderful job with the ineffable accents of Northern Ireland and the rhythm of its dialogue. Doyle’s narration is clear, well paced, and consistent. It perfectly matches the rising darkness that seems to surround Duffy as he searches for a killer.”

    — AudioFile
  • “McKinty’s second Sean Duffy thriller (after The Cold Cold Ground) establishes his place in the latest generation of Irish crime writers to take the genre by storm. The bleak and almost desperate conditions of 1982 Belfast and rural Northern Ireland are presented in a fashion that make the setting an equal character in this murder mystery…The twists of the case are brilliant, the characters complex. The rich Irish brogue of Gerard Doyle is magnificent but not overwhelming to American listeners. Verdict: Highly recommended.”

    — Library Journal (starred audio review)
  • “In this pitch-perfect sequel to The Cold Cold Ground, the second in the author’s Troubles Trilogy, Duffy is nearly overwhelmed by politics. This is crime fiction at its best: a police procedural with dialogue that’s crisp and occasionally lighthearted, blistering action that’s often lethal, McKinty’s mordant Belfastian wit, and a protagonist readers won’t want to leave behind when the trilogy ends.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Adrian McKinty has the chops to do all manner of things with words, and in I Hear the Sirens in the Street he unleashes a strain of rough and visual, sly and lyric narrative prose in service of one hell of a story. Sean Duffy is a great creation, a figure of many parts, and the place comes alive.”

    — Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone
  • “Crime fiction at its best.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “The twists of the case are brilliant, the characters complex. The rich Irish brogue of Gerard Doyle is magnificent but not overwhelming to American listeners. Verdict: Highly recommended.”

    — Library Journal (starred audio review)

Awards

  • Longlisted for the 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
  • Winner of the 2014 Barry Award for Best Paperback Original

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Will, 3/3/2016

About Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. His father was a welder in Harland and Wolff—the shipyard where they built the Titanic; his mother was a school lunch lady and secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. 

Emigrating first to America and then Australia he found work as a door-to-door salesman, a driver, a bookstore clerk, a barman, a high school English teacher, and a semipro rugby player. 

His debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. He is the author of more than a dozen crime novels that have been translated into over forty languages. He has won the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Barry Award, the Macavity Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, and is a three-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award.  

His 2020 novel The Chain was a New York Times bestseller and appeared on twenty-five best-of-the-year lists. His 2022 novel The Island was an instant New York Times bestseller and made five best-of-the-year lists including those of the London Times and the New York Times

Adrian is a member of the Linnean Society and the National Audubon Society. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.  

About Gerard Doyle

Gerard Doyle, a seasoned audio narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in 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. He has taught drama at Ross School for the several years.