Friday, December 16, 2016

My Sixth Starred Review In A Row


starred reviews are rare. this is my sixth in a row. Kirkus Jan1 2017

Author: Adrian McKinty
Review Issue Date: January 1, 2017
Online Publish Date: December 17, 2016
Publisher:Seventh Street/Prometheus
Pages: 340
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-63388-259-1
ISBN ( e-book ): 978-1-63388-260-7
Category: Fiction
Classification: Mystery

Detective Inspector Sean Duffy of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (Rain Dogs, 2016, etc.) tries to cut back on the smoking and do decent police work despite bombs, riots, and bureaucracy.By 1988, the Troubles have turned any high-minded nationalism, loyalist or republican, into little more than a front for drug runners and sociopaths. Still, no one trusts the likes of Duffy, a Catholic taking the king's shilling. When a penny-ante heroin dealer is found dead, the only surprise is that he was shot with a crossbow. For once, the paramilitaries aren't claiming credit for wiping out the scourge of drug dealers (read: their competition), and the silent, untraceable, and perfectly legal crossbow is a devilishly clever murder weapon. The victim's widow, Elena Deauville, has clearly been smuggling their stock in from Bulgaria, and though she's not talking, Duffy knows she knows something. Meanwhile, Duffy's posh, Protestant girlfriend, Beth, wants to move to a posh, Protestant house. When Duffy hesitates, Beth packs herself and their baby off to her parents'. The brass are pushing Duffy to write off the case—no one cares about a dead drug dealer—when suddenly Elena disappears. While Belfast riots, Duffy then uncovers a part of Ulster's bloody history casting its long shadows over his case, as over everything else in this world. McKinty's hero is irreverent, charming, and mordantly, laugh-out-loud funny, and his eclectic personal soundtrack and bitter, pragmatic politics make for vivid period detail.

Kirkus *starred*