Dead I Well May Be

Dead I Well May Be By Adrian McKinty, Dead I Well May Be 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
  • Title: Dead I Well May Be
  • Author: Adrian McKinty
  • ISBN: 9780743470568
  • Page: 348
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  • Dead I Well May Be By Adrian McKinty, 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 theThis 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.
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    1. Adrian McKinty

      Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 onwards Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and began writing fiction He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children.AwardsHis debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was short listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award 2004.His debut young adult novel The Lighthouse Land was shortlisted for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award and the 2008 Beehive AwardThe Dead Yard was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 12 Best Novels of 2006 and won the 2007 Audie Award for best thriller suspense.The Bloomsday Dead was long listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award.Fifty Grand won the 2010 Spinetingler Award for best novel and was longlisted for the 2011 Theakston Best British Crime Novel AwardAudible selected Falling Glass as the Best Mystery or Thriller of 2011

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    1. craic Gaelic word for fun or happeningcrack most addictive form of cocaineIt s probably best not to confuse the two._________________________________Forced to leave his native Ireland in search of gainful employment, Michael Forsythe ends up in Harlem in a sort of indentured servitude to local crime lord, Darkey White Snort Mike turns out to be good at his job, but pretty stupid when it comes to the ladies Now, being employed is the least of his problems and he s on the run, fighting for his lif [...]


    2. I liked this book but not as much as McGinty s Sean Duffy series This was first published in 2003 so perhaps he still had to learn to control his formidable writing talent I saw one review that described him as part poet and part master story teller, and I d have to agree But most of the last third of the book became predictable to me I guess I ve seen too many movies of this ilk If you like bloody revenge tales, you d probably disagree Adrian McGinty breaks a lot of grammar rules in this novel [...]


    3. What a moody, intricate piece of work I can t say I loved the whole thing, but I couldn t stop listening Fabulously read by Gerard Doyle whose Irish brogue complemented the character perfectly That s the story Michael Forsythe He s not the brightest lad he has his problems both with drink impulse control, but he s a nice enough bloke Sometimes, his performance is cringe worthy, other times incredibly cold, heroic, or tough, but generally he s just trying to get by He s pretty easy going likes mo [...]


    4. Holy crap I picked this up because it s Irish, mostly Only a few discs into the story it s a pretty fun listen It s written in first person, so listening to it is no different than your favorite Irish friend telling you a story With A LOT of f bombs in it To give you an idea guy Scotchy was giving the main character Mike a hard time over the phone The main character goes silent for quite a while as Sotchy bellows into the phone Scotchy finally wises up to the silent treatment and starts inquirin [...]


    5. Its actually pretty ridiculous I had to get this book from the United Kingdom on And of course had to pay shipping Why not get it from Audible Well, I prefer to read my books not listen to disembodied voices in my head All right, moan over, back to the book Quite simply one of the best novels I have ever read I didn t say one of the best crime novels I said one of the best novels The basic plot description is this the story of a young Irish immigrant in the violent New York underworld of the ear [...]


    6. So Michael Forsythe is an Irish bad boy in the time of The Troubles He joined the British army essentially to get out of Northern Ireland but he couldn t stay within the lines prescribed by that estimable organization and kept getting into trouble until finally the army kicked him to the curb Back home in Belfast, he continues his bad boy ways and is constantly getting into trouble until finally he s used up all his chances With no further prospects in sight, he takes what s on offer a ticket t [...]


    7. I wasn t expecting much from this book, since the plot summary doesn t do it much justice Neither the thriller crime category applied to it It s much than that Can I call it an existential thriller A study in desperate crime maybe Here s a fine young man caught in desperate situations he can t escape, all the way since his childhood Here the universe will not even raise its eyebrow to help him, nothing like the helpful conspiring universe of Coehlo s wishful fuckery He s fighting with the waves [...]


    8. I m happy to have made finishing this up my first read listen of 2016 I gave this one 3.5 stars rounded down due to it not quite grabbing me as much as his Duffy books, but it was still good craic McKinty can certainly paint a picture I particularly like how he describes NYC of the early 1990s through an immigrants eyes.


    9. A vengeful based story, starting off with the Irish protagonist, Michael Forsythe being jobless and borderlining poverty was offered a job to work in New York This story was based in the 80s 90s in Harlem when it was abundant with crime thus being a crime based story Narration was in first person.As this book was in first person and the story was that of crime and vengeance, to me, the book s foremost quality was being thrilling Following a character who had some street sense and was mixed with [...]


    10. A solid first novel and I look forward to reading by Adrian McKinty.I have a few small gripes with the book some unnecessary foreshadowing that steps on the story being told in the present, a knack of letting a digression take over a scene, and the book is probably about 50 pages longer than its very simple story needs.The first half is really great That s not to say the latter half isn t good, the story just changes drastically Where the first half is grounded and the story remains relatively [...]


    11. Dead I May Well Be is a confident, bold and assured debut novel of great depth and storytelling Forsythe is a complex and well drawn character and the rest of the cast are than mere extras The writing is sharp and dark, the plot is rich and thick with political and philosophical insight, as well as violence and pathos, and the story zips along at a cracking pace McKinty does a good job of capturing the sights and sounds of pre Giuliani New York City, and the personal relations within and betwee [...]


    12. DEAD I WELL MAY BE Suspense NY Mexico Cont G Adrian McKinty 2nd bookPocket Books, 2004 PaperbackMichael Forsythe, a 19 year old illegal immigrant from Belfast, is an enforcer for a New York Crime boss After being betrayed by his employer, which lands him in a Mexican prison, he returns to New York determined for revenge This is a tough book for me to evaluate It saddened me as the character of Michael is young and highly intelligent, yet seemingly unwilling to leave the violent life he s living [...]


    13. A classic noir with mob connotations, Dead I Well May Be introduces a hero with heart than body parts read the book, you ll know what I mean From Ireland to New York to the jungles of Mexico the blood runs think and fast as the protagonist seeks vengeance for his wrong doing I liken this to the Sopranos somewhat in the earlier stages of the book with a hint of Hank Thompson Charlie Huston s creation towards the end A solid read for fans of mob related fiction, noir, and plain good story telling [...]


    14. A lot of violence, some of it pretty unrealistic I think Some of the writing is exciting, intelligent and thoughtful I didn t like the beginning or the ending of the book, but most of the middle had a grip on my attention In the end I didn t feel that I gained any particular insight by reading it and I was not entertained by the violence This book was the first wild release bookcrossing book that I found.


    15. Dark gritty crime novel that takes the reader from Belfast to New York City and then to Mexico A very good read though a bit too long Loved the narration on the audio by Gerard Doyle His Irish accent really made the listen enjoyable.


    16. Typical McKinty.Smart,hilarious dialogue ,nasty people,cultural references.Adrian is obviously very educated.There aren t too many nice people in this book.The surprises keep coming.Next up,The Dead Yard, 2 in the Michael Forsythe series.


    17. I love Adrian McKinty s writing He can take me anywhere his imagination cares to go Gerard Doyle is such a lyrical reader and helps with the transport to other worlds Interesting start of a new series with Michael Forsythe.


    18. Dark and funny, tough and confrontational, lyrical and even poetic in places, quintessentially Irish, DEAD I WELL MAY BE is the first in a series of books featuring Michael Forsythe, a young Irish man with a flair for danger, drinking, and fighting his way out of impossible situations.McKinty writes in a style that s easy to associate with noir Irish writing, a sort of a stream of consciousness thing, that alternates between incredibly compelling and making the reader want to hide under the bed [...]


    19. Wow Adrian McKinty s Dead I Well May Be is a blistering rogue of a novel an intelligently savage novel as melancholy as it is brutal a fatalistic tour through upper Manhattan s mean streets which are pale and gentle against a Mexican prison s brand of hard time Michael Forsythe flees native Ireland reluctantly but just ahead of the law to work for Darkie White, head of the Irish mob controlling the drug flow in one of Harlem s burned out hoods in the Wild West Days of David Dinkin s New York Mic [...]


    20. Having read all the Sean Duffy books, I didn t think Mr McKinty could pull another charismatic character out of his hat.Michael Forsyth is quite young at the beginning of this series 19 but he has already lived a huge life He ha a stint in the British Army where he managed to learn survival skills which he calls on in all manner of ways when he is in a sticky situation With jobs being scarce in Northen Ireland he takes up an offer to go to New York to work with a distant relative, what he thinks [...]


    21. This is an out and out crime novel By a crime novel , I mean a novel about a criminal way of life The story is about a criminal, in the perspective of a criminal, about the criminal way of life and the various ups and downs of the same There is no honor, no glory, no code It s just a clinical way of life This is a world about which normal people have no idea about The transactions, the relationships, the ethics are all a part of that criminal perspective.Written in a unique narration, the story [...]


    22. Reminded me a lot of The Ghosts of Belfast.A guy from Northern Ireland comes to Harlem in the early nineties and gets involved with Irish gangsters.What a great premise This book really has nothing to do with the premise, though It s a straight revenge tale Very violent, and not really my thing.McKinty s writing is fantastic, though It s like a fugue that drifts between the present, past, and future Really excellent, unusual descriptive passages I m not normally a sucker for that sort of thing, [...]


    23. All I can say is wow The people in charge of marketing this book should all be fired IMHO this is the best crime novel of the last decade, up there with Jim Thompson, El Leonard and Bob Parker at their finest Someone really screwed up here This should have been a NYT best seller But thats ok as I ll take it as a cult classic Buyer beware though this is very Irish i.e swearing, sex, violence and black humor.


    24. Delightful, horrifying, philosophical, poetic, violent, and funny This is the first Adrian McKinty book I ve read, but it won t be the last The only problem is the books are hard to find In this first of the trilogy, Michael Forsythe is a nineteen year old illegal from Northern Ireland working for the Irish mob in New York A stint in a Mexican prison is the turning point of his life Michael remains likable and honorable even when he is seeking vengeance or maybe it s justice.


    25. I really love the way McKinty uses time and place as a character in his novels Like this one New York in the 90 s As if in another time and place these events would not have unfolded as they did But the culture and atmosphere as described really adds richness and credibility to the fiction I really like the way he tells a story


    26. If you cross the writing of Richard Price with Cormac McCarthy, you won t get the prose of Adrian McKinty, but he is an original voice, and it s admirable he is able to capture the street life of NYC as well as a native New Yorker could when you consider he is from Northern Ireland.



    27. Kept me interested A good thriller with convincing characters that stood off the page The part that takes place in Mexico was convincing and I know the country pretty well.


    28. Library Audible a personal reminder of the story This Irish bad boy thriller is how the write up is introduced And yes a fair description with some good qualities and some conscience More a character go with the flow rather than a fighter character who would branch out on his own for integrity sake The story is set in the hardest streets of New York City some years ago before the zero tolerance campaign etc there is the usual violence, greed, and the key to what happens is the sexual betrayal Mi [...]


    29. It s hard to describe my admiration for Adrian McKinty without getting gushy This is his first published book and in many ways may be the most lyrically Irish book from him It has the grit and violence of his later books but immediately locates itself far from The Troubles that are the center of many of his later books.The book centers around Michael Forsythe On unemployment in Northern Ireland he makes the mistake of letting his picture be taken by a reporter as he and some friends are working [...]


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