I Hear the Sirens in the Street

I Hear the Sirens in the Street

A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

Book - 2013
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A Barry Award winner and shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award!

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case. But Sean Duffy isn't easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of distraction. So, with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that's left of an American tourist who once served in the US military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

The trail leads to the doorstep of a beautiful, flame-haired, twenty-something widow, whose husband died at the hands of an IRA assassination team just a few months before. Suddenly, Duffy is caught between his romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with. These include British intelligence, the FBI, and local paramilitary death squads, enough to keep even the savviest detective busy.

Duffy's growing sense of self-doubt isn't helping. But, being a legendarily stubborn man, he doesn't let that stop him pursuing the case to its explosive conclusion.
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781616147877
Branch Call Number: F MCK NVD
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 21 cm

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Great story, and compelling character caught in the unreal world during the Irish 'troubles'. I was touched by the explanation of why he set is radio alarm to "after the morning news" so that he would not start his day hearing about who/what was bombed overnight. And his description of the Irish children playing on the rubble of bombed street. blocks. Highly recommend the series.

AuntJane Jan 05, 2015

I rushed to read the second installment of this series - a great main character and interesting story. Lots of twists and turns - and they even take a trip to the Boston Suburbs! Definitely a great read.

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seaxfamx
May 13, 2014

Thanks, Nancy Pearl, for telling me about Adrian McKinty. He's a master storyteller, and Sean Duffy is a great character (he reminds me of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone, whom I miss very much). I can hardly wait to read the third in this trilogy.

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