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Dead I well may be : a novel

by McKinty, Adrian.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
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Brentwood Library Fiction FICTION McKinty
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FICTION McKinty
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION McKinty,
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION McKinty,
Carnegie Library of Homestead Fiction MYS McKi
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  MYS McKi
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction McKINTY
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  McKINTY
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC MCK
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC MCK
Oakmont Carnegie Library Fiction MCK
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  MCK
Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic McKin
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
Call Number  Fic McKin
South Fayette Township Library Fiction FIC MCK
Location  South Fayette Township Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC MCK
This Irish bad-boy thriller -- set in the hardest streets of New York City -- brims with violence, greed, and sexual betrayal."I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went."So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the Troubles in Belfast. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever -- just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block.Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget -- saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent.But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him.A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent -- complete with an Irish lilt.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Michael Forsythe, another mick who can't get no satisfaction, leaves depressed Northern Ireland for New York City at 19, set to work construction for an Irish mobster until he earns back plane fare. Instead, he's assigned to the shady side of the business as low-rent muscle. It's 1992, a dangerous time in Harlem, with Dominican gangs testing Irish turf. It's even dicier for Michael, a book-smart dreamer who's fallen for the boss' girl. Standard stuff, yes, but explosive in McKinty's expert hands. A literate, funny, wise old soul in the body of a dangerously naive teen, his Michael draws us close and relates a fantastic tale of murder and revenge in low, wry tones, as if from the next barstool. He's doing the voices as he goes--no quotation marks necessary, mate--and keeps dropping big, bloody hints about future twists. The dark revelations only get listeners leaning in closer, desperate to hear what happens next even while longing for the story to go on forever. As Michael and his crew muddle through horrifying mishaps--maiming the wrong guy here, getting lost in a Mexican prison there--he drops out of conversational mode to throw in a few breathtaking fever-dream sequences for flavor. And then he springs an ending so right and satisfying it leaves us numb with delight and ready to pop for another round. Start the cliche machine: This is a profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent--and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year. --Frank Sennett Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "McKinty's second novel is a brutal tale of revenge starring a young illegal immigrant from Ireland who chooses a criminal career in New York over unemployment in Belfast. Arriving in the city in the early 1990s, the antihero Michael Forsythe lands a spot as an enforcer for Irish mobster Darkey White. Though Forsythe at first keeps his hands relatively clean, he soon racks up a significant number of kills in skirmishes with rival crews as well as with Dominican gangs warring for control of the streets. An affair with his boss's girlfriend leads to a setup: he and his mates are trapped in a drug sting in Mexico and abandoned in a remote prison. "If someone grows up in the civil war of Belfast in the seventies and eighties, perhaps violence is his only form of meaningful expression," McKinty writes early in the novel, and the bulk of the story recounts Forsythe's grisly efforts to escape and avenge himself, including a stint with a Dominican group seeking to oust Darkey White. The pace is brisk and energetic, but Forsythe remains a cipher-a self-educated intellectual who listens to Tolstoy on tape during a stakeout but exhibits puzzlingly little interest in finding an alternative to the gun and the knife. The dark, brooding tone is reminiscent of Dennis Lehane, but McKinty has yet to achieve Lehane's depth and complexity. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Michael Forsythe trilogy
#1 - Dead I well may be
#2 - The Dead Yard
#3 - The Bloomsday dead
Subjects Irish -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Irish -- Mexico -- Fiction.
Young men -- Fiction.
Prisoners -- Fiction.
Revenge -- Fiction.
Gangs -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Mexico -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scribner,2003
Language English
Description 306 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0743246993
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