Friday, January 18, 2013

The Times gives its verdict.

Marcel Berlins of The Times weighs in on I Hear the Sirens in the Street  from last weekend's paywalled edition

The DeLorean car plant features in Adrian McKinty’s fine thriller
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  • The DeLorean car plant
    The DeLorean car plant features in Adrian McKinty’s fine thriller Jack Maguire/Alamy
[In Belfast] A newly discovered body had been poisoned, deep frozen, cut into pieces and put into a suitcase. There are few clues as to his identity. Detective Inspector Sean Duffy investigates. In I Hear the Sirens in the Street, it is Northern Ireland in 1982, in the midst of the Troubles. Stationed in the small town of Carrickfergus, Duffy is a rare Catholic in the overwhelmingly Protestant force. He’s also one of the most interesting, convincing and sympathetic police officers in recent crime fiction. His inquiries lead him dangerously to an IRA connection and to strange goings-on in the Belfast plant making the revolutionary DeLorean cars. McKinty gets better and better.
Serpent’s Tail, 334pp, £12.99. To buy this book for £11.69 visit or call 08452712134; e-book £12.99