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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (418 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: 9781483010342
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In this riveting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, mercenary bad boy Michael Forsythe is back, and he’s forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and possibly his own execution.

While on holiday in Spain, Michael Forsythe is arrested in the chaos of a soccer riot and hauled off to jail. Back on the wrong side of the law, the Belfast native has no hope of release—until a seductive female British Intelligence Agent makes him an offer he can’t refuse: Avoid jail time in a Mexican hellhole by taking on a special FBI assignment and infiltrating a dangerous Irish terrorist cell back in the States. Within hours Michael is thrust into the nightmarish world of madmen known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge, all while trying to hide his true identity. Coming face-to-face with murder, deceit, and lustful desire in all the wrong places, Michael knows that in order to survive he must kill—or be killed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Dead Yard is compelling crime fiction at its finest! Adrian McKinty is an exciting new talent, and Michael Forsythe is a hero that other writers can only aspire to write.”

    Ed McBain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “McKinty has an ear for language and a taste for violence…A swiftly paced thriller.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Captivating.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “McKinty’s literate, expertly crafted third crime novel…confirms his place as one of his generation’s leading talents…[He] possesses a talent for pace and plot structure that belies his years. Dennis Lehane fans will definitely be pleased.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Gerard Doyle gives another stunning performance…Doyle gives Forsythe a dark sense of the ironic, an understandable, if unconventional, morality, and a roguish Irish charm…Brutal, bloody, and completely believable, McKinty’s complex plotting and Doyle’s extraordinary portrayal will leave listeners craving more.”

    AudioFile

  • “McKinty hooks readers early with vivid action sequences and brutal bits of foreshadowing…and then delivers a shocking climax of survival and revenge that whets the appetite for what appears to be a promised third chapter in the Forsythe saga.”

    Booklist

  • Winner of the Audie Award for Best Suspense Thriller in Audie Award
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the year in

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 2/13/2014

    " Well written but very violent. Michael Forsythe is coerced into infiltrating an IRA cell in Boston that seems to have a bunch of misfits and rejects as members. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Gerard Doyle who was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 2/6/2014

    " The second book in the Dead Trilogy sees Michael Forsythe faced with a tough decision; join a terror cell or return to the infamous Mexican prison that almost took his life. After having enjoyed 5 years peace thanks to Witness Protection, Forsythe is ready to enter a world of violence, torture, and terror plots. In 'The Dead Yard' we gain more of an appreciation of the complex character that is Michael Forsythe and an insight into the world of IRA terror plots and MI6. The torture scenes, while not overtly graphic did enough to make me squirm and flinch with each piece of freshly cut flesh. I was captivated from start to finish and particularly liked how McKinty added subtle linkages to the first book while maintaining a fully functional stand-alone. 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/20/2014

    " A book I picked up casually when I was looking for novels w/ the IRA. A fantastic bloody violent ride w/ an offshoot of the IRA in America that won't stop their plotting even when there is a peace treaty in the offering and the bad-a** man forced into stopping them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eilagh | 1/15/2014

    " I enjoyed this crime fiction - easy, quick to read. Not as good as No.1 in the trilogy but I am still prepared to read the third and last in the series. I like Adrian's writing style, lots of references that (for me) are unexpected by a crime writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/11/2014

    " same thoughts as The Bloomsday Dead. Interesting characters from Belfast "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/20/2013

    " The sequel to "Dead I May Well Be" is the continuing adventures (if you call mayhem adventure) of Michael Forsythe, now in witness protection and pressed into service by the FBI to inflitrate an Irish terrorist group. He's the baddest guy you'll ever admire! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Kearns | 12/19/2013

    " Holy crap. It was a brutalizing experience simply reading this damn thing. Yoww! I do not deny McKinty's power, but what is the goal here!? Now, I have to finish the trilogy off, but I'm damn afraid of what comes next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/15/2013

    " Not many writers can hold my attention with blood and guts, guns & sex, but mix in a bit of "Goodfellas", star-crossed lovers , and spy games worthy of John le Carre and this speeding train of a novel can't be put down. Oh yeah, add in a homicidal maniac, kidnapping, and torture. Yummy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/4/2013

    " What a story, very descriptive and gross in some parts. Not a book for all to read. It left me with weird feelings. Can't really explain it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 10/31/2013

    " Book # 2 in the trilogy. This was pretty darn good. Dark and violent in parts. I was a bit confused at the (overly) quick and deep relationship between Kit and Michael, but it worked itself out pretty fast at the end. Looking forward to book 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 9/11/2013

    " Travis McGee of the Irish underworld, but more poetic. A good fast suspenseful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/21/2013

    " Excellent second book of trilogy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/26/2012

    " Even better than the first novel in the trilogy. Michael Forsythe is older and wiser. His big mouth gets him into trouble yet again, and he's got to find a way out. Gerard Doyle's narration is again pitch perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 12/20/2012

    " Very intense, one really bad ass MF meet a group of just bad ass MFs and prevails. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seana | 9/4/2012

    " The middle book of a fantastic trilogy. Someone get a clue and reissue the Michael Forsythe books over here in some sort of serious edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 6/2/2012

    " The Dead Yard is another good book by Adrian McKinty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/28/2012

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. Do you enjoy mob stories? This is all about the Irish mob scene in the Boston area. Very very good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 2/21/2012

    " Mercenary Michael Forsythe infiltrates an IRA cell in Boston. Not the type of story I would usually go for. However, I loved listening to the narrator, Gerard Doyle - he did a fantastic job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 5/13/2011

    " liked it but very very very violent. we did audio book and reader was excellent "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 2/26/2011

    " Holy crap. It was a brutalizing experience simply reading this damn thing. Yoww! I do not deny McKinty's power, but what is the goal here!? Now, I have to finish the trilogy off, but I'm damn afraid of what comes next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 10/6/2010

    " SPOILER - Same as the first one (Dead I well may be), but it dragged in the middle and the main character got a bit too sappy over this one girl and he ended up shooting her anyway. The reason I added this spoiler is because I doubt anybody I know would read this book anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/26/2010

    " A book I picked up casually when I was looking for novels w/ the IRA. A fantastic bloody violent ride w/ an offshoot of the IRA in America that won't stop their plotting even when there is a peace treaty in the offering and the bad-a** man forced into stopping them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seana | 3/24/2009

    " The middle book of a fantastic trilogy. Someone get a clue and reissue the Michael Forsythe books over here in some sort of serious edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/6/2008

    " What a story, very descriptive and gross in some parts. Not a book for all to read. It left me with weird feelings. Can't really explain it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/30/2008

    " Mercenary Michael Forsythe infiltrates an IRA cell in Boston. Not the type of story I would usually go for. However, I loved listening to the narrator, Gerard Doyle - he did a fantastic job. "

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About the Author

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, and studied at Oxford University. He is the author of several series of mystery, detective, and crime fiction as well as young adult novels. His works have been short-listed for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, the Theakston Award, the Young Hoosier Award and been selected for Publishers Weekly’s Best Novel of the Year list. In 2014 In the Morning I’ll Be Gone won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. The Dead Yard was selected as one of the twelve best novels of the year by Publishers Weekly. The final novel in the Dead trilogy, The Bloomsday Dead, was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award. In 2011 Falling Glass was an Audible.com Best Thriller.

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.