In the Morning I'll Be Gone

In the Morning I'll Be Gone

A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

Book - 2014
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"A Catholic cop tracks an IRA master bomber amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland The early 1980s. Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Cormac McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Cormac's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside. Sean knows that if he can crack the "locked room mystery," the bigger mystery of Cormac's whereabouts might be revealed to him as a reward. Meanwhile the clock is ticking down to the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton in 1984, where Mrs. Thatcher is due to give a keynote speech..."--
Publisher: Amherst, NY :, Seventh Street Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781616148775
Branch Call Number: F MCK NVD
Characteristics: 315 pages ; 21 cm


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PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 16, 2019

On 25 September 1983, 38 IRA members broke out of the Maze Prison, a high-security facility that billed itself as one of the most escape-proof prisons in the world. While 19 escapees were recaptured within days, others remained at large for years, and to this day the whereabouts of two escapees remain a mystery. On 12 October 1984 the IRA set off a bomb in the Grand Brighton Hotel where the Conservative Party--including Prime Minister Thatcher--was holding their conference.

Like the DeLorean factory debacle in the previous entry in the Sean Duffy series, McKinty uses these two real events to ground Duffy's latest entry. McKinty has perfected both the atmosphere of hopelessness, as well as further developing Duffy's character.

Duffy's ex-girlfriend gives it to him straight, saying she thinks he may be manic depressive, drinks too much, etc... Duffy then goes and pulls a stunt well beyond the occasional smoking of hash in his shed. In fact, the single episode is so shocking, it was clear that Duffy was not completely sane. Yet later, when an interviewee seems frightened of him, he says to himself, "He didn’t know me. Maybe I was one of those bent peelers you were always reading about in the papers. One of those coppers who was capable of anything," not recognizing himself in that description at all.

The story comes down to a locked-room mystery, and McKinty gives a nod to those who have used the idea before. Duffy reads as many locked-room mysteries as he possibly can, hoping for a possible solution. I was surprised at the solution (or I would have been if I wasn't the type to read the ending first, which I am) and for not a lot of action happening, McKinty manages to keep the suspense high until an edge-of-your-seat climax.

sturgess Jul 23, 2017

This is the third of the Sean Duffy series which number six as of 2017. Best read in order. Adrian McKinty has created a compelling, delightful character in Duffy. Alternately serious and flippant it is a pleasure to see his life develop through the series. The books are filled with engaging characters and the setting of Northern Ireland during the troubles is very interesting. This series by a talented author is excellent .

Tim M. McCurry
Jun 16, 2015

Last book in a trilogy, be sure to read in order. If you enjoy Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson police procedurals you will enjoy this series.
Great setting and era for a multi faceted story.
Highly recommended.

AuntJane Jan 21, 2015

This is the third in the series of Sean Duffy novels - and they are great! All are engaging and fast paced; set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles - what a landscape and way of life the author paints. An excellent read.

Aug 28, 2014

A gifted story teller with a very interesting character against the back drop of "the troubles" in Ireland. Read the trilogy in chronological order.

shannon40 Mar 19, 2014

An exciting read. A "locked room" mystery inside a terrorist thriller, wrapped up in noir humour, plus (spoiler alert), Margaret Thatcher.

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