Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty

For some reason I usually avoid mysteries set in Ireland. I guess I feel that they are too dark and foreboding and that there is just too much violence and too few realistic women. I have read Benjamin Black, Tana French and Stuart Neville — all with heavy drinking and heavy soul searching but not eFeatured imagenough thoughtful detecting by likable characters.

I am glad to find a series set in Ireland which I thoroughly enjoyed — Adrian McKinty’s Detective Sean Duffy is my kind of cop. Clever, funny, thoughtful and believable. McKinty is a fine writer who makes the writing seem readable while at the same time uniquely profound. He gives us complex female characters as well as male characters which we admire and want to follow! How daring!

It is Belfast 1985, so the plot does involve “the troubles.” Also gun runners, arms dealers, MI5 and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. McKinty gives us a genuine mystery with twists and turns while teaching us about those times in Ireland. Detective Duffy isn’t at all innocence with his drugs and self-loathing tenancies, but he’s a loyal boss and friend. And he is a good cop.

I am definitely going back to read the first three in this Sean Duffy series, the first being The Cold, Cold Ground from 2012. There is another expected out in 2016 as well, called Rain Dogs. My rating — 4 of 5.


6 thoughts on “Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty

  1. Jan Cook November 10, 2015 / 2:07 am

    Just read The Constable’s Tale and enjoyed it. A fast read with interesting history and a fun twist!

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    • Pam November 10, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      Donald Smith’s The Constable’s Tale is another of my favorites, too!


  2. Megan November 10, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Interesting that Ireland is so dark and foreboding in most books. Visiting was a breath of fresh air, and the energy seemed very respectful toward women (granted, I was American and visiting), certainly more so than, for instance, in Italy and Spain. I’m curious about Irish history, so perhaps I will check these out. 🙂

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    • Pam November 10, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      I think their “troubles” have given them many reasons to be moody! You will like this series and the main character — it may be best to start with the first one, The Cold Cold Ground.


  3. L Mathisen November 12, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    I picked up a copy of The Cold Cold Ground and like the mix of politics and murder. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    • Pam November 12, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Seventh Street Books will publish the fifth in the Sean Duffy series (Rain Dogs) in March, 2016. Glad you like the series — I am going to work my way through them.


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