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Dead I Well May Be (Dead Trilogy 1) [Kindle Edition]

Adrian McKinty
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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
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"'McKinty is a storyteller with the kind of style and panache that blur the line between genre and mainstream. Top-drawer' Kirkus Reviews; 'A startling, dark poem of a thriller that takes you to the heart of New York City's most bloody era. McKinty is the real deal' Thomas Kelly, author of The Rackets and Payback"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1093 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • Verlag: Serpent's Tail (14. April 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004V4ESG8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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I was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. I studied law at Warwick University and philosophy at Oxford University. In the early 90's I emigrated to New York City where I worked at various odd jobs with varying degrees of legality until 2001 when I moved to Denver, Colorado to become a high school English teacher. In 2008 I emigrated again, this time to Melbourne, Australia with my wife and kids.
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Dead I Well May Be, my first crime novel, which features Michael Forsythe, won the ALA award and was shortlisted for the 2004 Steel Dagger Award.
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The Cold Cold Ground, the first book in my Sean Duffy series, won the 2013 Spinetingler Award.
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I'm currently working on a new book about Duffy and a new standalone mystery.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hinein in den Sog 10. November 2010
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Michael Forsyth flüchtet aus dem gewaltgezeichneten nord-irischen Belfast der frühen 90er Jahre in das gewaltgezeichnete New Yorker Harlem der frühen 90er Jahre. Anstatt im Konflikt zwischen Protestanten und Katholiken aufgerieben zu werden, der sich oft nur um einige Straßenzüge erstreckt, beginnt Michael eine irisch-amerikanische Verbrecherkarriere in einem Konflikt, der sich oft nur um einige Straßenecken erstreckt. Angekommen in Harlem macht der unehrenhaft entlassene Ex-Soldat den Fehler, eine Affäre mit der Freundin seines Bosses zu beginnen. Die perfide Rache des gehörnten Mafiosi schleudert Michael in eine Welt voll Schmerz und Leid.

Wer nach einem Viertel des Buches mit einer klassischen New Yorker Gangsterballade gerechnet hat, muss sich noch eine Zeitlang gedulden. Denn bevor es soweit ist, gerät Michael in den Schlund der Charybdis Mexiko. Wie der Taucher in Schillers gleichnamiger Ballade durchlebt Michael den Horror einer ihm fremden Welt. Die packend erzählte Geschichte seines Aufenthalts in Mexiko, den er nicht unbeschadet übersteht und der Wunsch nach Rache treiben die Geschichte unbarmherzig voran. Wohl selten war dieser Wunsch nach Rache nachvollziehbarer. Michael Forsyth wird quasi zum "Belfaster Ben Hur Harlems".

McKinty hat mit Michael Forsyth einen glaubwürdigen Protagonisten geschaffen. Die Zeichnung des New Yorker Stadtteils Harlem, bevor ein Ex-Präsident hier sein Büro bezog und Bürgermeister Giuliani die Stadt aufräumte, ist stimmig und schafft eine merkwürdig nostalgisch anmutende Atmosphäre der Brutalität und des Elends.

Wer abgehärtet-einzelgängerische Protagonisten mit einem Schuss Nachdenklichkeit mag und selbst in die Atmosphäre einer untergegangenen Welt Harlems eintauchen möchte, sollte sich an Reiseführer McKinty und den Auftakt seiner Dead-Trilogie halten. 5 Sterne!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad 17. Oktober 2013
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Not a bad book but not what i imagined. Thought it would be set in Ireland and have a more Irish theme but the whole book is very American from story to style, a lot of action if that's what you like,a bit long winded at times, not really my cup of tea.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heißer Tipp 22. August 2013
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Vor Jahren habe ich Chandler und Hammet gelesen und bin seitdem Fan.
Würden Marlowe und Spade in den 90er Jahren ermitteln, wäre das ihr Buch: sicher noch härter, sich dabei aber nie selbst zu ernst nehmend, spannend und mit einem Helden, den man mag, weil er nicht der Saubermann ist.
Seit langer Zeit mal wieder ein Klasse-Thriller.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Remarkable Thriller 24. Februar 2005
Von Untouchable - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dead I Well May Be is Adrian McKinty's superb debut thriller that is sharply tough, wonderfully descriptive and filled with a story that takes one unexpected turn after the other. From the turmoil of Belfast to the chaos of Harlem and a living hell in Mexico, every location is brought to vivid life thanks to McKinty's prose. Here is a gritty hardboiled story complete with violent gangsters and a desperate struggle for survival. It's a story of vengeance that is tough, uncompromising and grabs you demanding that you pay close attention.

When Michael Forsythe leaves his home in Belfast, he is only 19 but is already a hard man, exposed to the gang violence that dominates his city. He arrives in New York where he is employed by crime boss Darkey White for whom he works as muscle to enforce his protection and loan shark rackets. While working for Darkey, Michael proves himself to be a dependable man to have around, earning the respect of all the other men in Darkey's crew. He's a violent man displaying an almost sociopathic lack of emotion after severely crippling another man in a cold-blooded revenge attack.

The story is narrated by Michael and even while everything appears to be going well for him, he warns us of the events that are soon to follow. He points out the men he will kill and the way they will die, men he will later work for and the fact that his life is about to be drastically altered. These snapshots give us a chance to look forward, whetting our appetite for the major events that are still to take place.

One of the things that is going well for him is a secret affair he is having with Bridget, Darkey's girlfriend. He is well aware that he would pay a high price should Darkey find out about it but he likes to flirt with danger and carries on regardless. Little is he to know that the "simple little job" he is sent to Mexico for is going to be that high price.

This is a consistently fast-paced story concentrating on the cut-throat world of the small-time hoods of New York's Harlem and The Bronx. Smattered amongst the colourful descriptions of the neighborhoods in which Michael lives and works are some intense scenes that graphically demonstrate what a cold-blooded man he is. But for all of his violent tendencies he instills an aura of the underdog, a quality that makes you want to like him.

His fellow Irish thugs are all young men who seem to be playing the part of hard men whereas Michael is the real deal. This is about as in-depth as McKinty allows the characterisation to go for Michael's partners - Scotchie, Fergal and Andy. We never really know much more about them than the fact that they are young hoods who talk big and act big when they're armed. A lot of this is because the story is told from Michael's perspective and is indicative of how little he bothers to get to know them.

Dead I Well May Be is a book of two halves with the first all about survival on the New York streets fighting for territory from rival gangs, urban warfare among the slums and cockroaches with survival dependant not only upon who has the greater firepower, but also on who is prepared to use it. The second is a different kind of survival story as Michael's world completely crumbles in Mexico. He is now dependent on his will to live, mental toughness being the key to whether he will live or die. It's during these hard times through a series of flashbacks and hallucinations that we learn a lot about his background and the hardships that he endured as a boy in Belfast.

A quick note about the violence in the book, even though it was mentioned earlier, it is worth warning again that some of it is quite extreme and is even more shocking by the suddenness in which it is inflicted. I read hardboiled crime stories all the time and I even found myself flinching once or twice at the descriptions of the punishment that was handed out.

This taut thriller has announced Adrian McKinty as a crime writer to look out for, particularly for those who are looking for a wild ride through some of the meanest streets imaginable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen unputdownable 2. Mai 2007
Von Gabriela Perez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book primarily because it was a recom either here on Amazon or from someone who had read Declan Hughes' novels. I can't remember any longer. But boy, I am ecstatic that I ordered this book.

McKinty has a gift for both dialogue and plot movement. In this, the first of the Michael Forsythe series (I believe there are two other books in the series, both of them even now waiting for me in an Amazon box at home, if package tracking is to be believed), the reader follows Forsythe on his journey from Ireland to New York to Mexico and then back to New York.

He leaves Ireland because he has no options available to him; he can not afford to stay there and has prospects in New York. Upon arriving in New York, he becomes a very low-level gangster whose life hardly sounds much of an improvement over what he had in Ireland. McKinty does a sterling job of showing us what Forsythe's circumstances are (think mega cockroach heaven and continued poverty) at the same time that he develops Forsythe's character through the descriptions the first-person narrator provides.

This novel is done in Forsythe's voice, and that's a plus. Not only do we get to "hear" him speak to others, thereby getting a sense of how he communicates; we also get all the action filtered through his humor, intelligence (in many things, but not all--the boy simply can not pick a good woman to save his life), and philosophical bent.

I found several parts of this book particularly fascinating. The one that sticks out most in my mind at the moment is the part of the book that takes place in Mexico, after Forsythe has been jailed in a truly horrific Mexican prison. (Don't hurt me! I'm not revealing anything that's not on the book jacket!) I absolutely loved getting into Forsythe's mind here; he created movies with which to occupy his intellect so that he would not die both mentally and physically. He literally reconstructs wars and childhood events, creating "films" that allow him to survive the days when he is chained to the ground for 23 out of 24 hours.

Forsythe is an appealing character even when he is at his ugliest, and he can be ugly indeed. He's no hero, not really. He's capable of doing terrible things because they seem right to him at the time or even because he doesn't see an easy way out of them. But he's also got a conscience (even if it does seem a bit convenient) and a sense of honor that help balance the other side of him. And he's utterly hilarious. You'll find yourself snorting laughter at odd times.

You'll love the view you get of a New York that isn't quite so obvious any longer. This is the New York that existed before different areas got "cleaned up" and the crime rate began to go down. It's a New York you'd be hard-pressed to want to live in. And Forsythe's circle of "friends" is one you'd never want for your own. Hell, you might not want Forsythe anywhere near you or anyone you loved. The man has serious issues.

All in all, this is a wonderful first novel in the series. I can't wait to read the other two.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dead I Well May Be 14. Oktober 2003
Von Stanley S. Lynch Jr. MD - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, found it ingrossing, clever, and spellbinding. The novel's anti-hero, Michael Forsythe is both street-smart and an intellectual. His keenly observant eye gives the reader insight into characters, places, and circumstances that escape the average writer or reader. He is both cocky and aware of his and others limitations. McGinty's placement of this Irish immigrant in Harlem circa 1990 creates a tightly wound, explosive plot that intrigues and does not fail to deliver. Michael Forsythe is a character cut from the same mold as Walter Mosley's "Easy Rawlins" and Chester Himes' "Bob Jones". I highly recommend this novel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Whiteboys in Harlem - A dark, wild & fierce novel 18. Februar 2012
Von Mickey Ryan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Belfast, Northern Ireland circa 1992 was a fiery period. The Troubles were boiling over. The PIRA were very active and their was violence on both sides of the old conflict. It wasn't roses in Harlem, NYC either. This was before Guiliani "saved" the city. Crime rates were through the roof. The smell of cooking crack cocaine was evident on every block above 96th Street. For a young Belfast punk like Mike Forsythe, life looked better abroad. After all, he had been offered a to work with Darkey White, a small-time Harlem crime boss running a crew of Irish & Irish-American thugs being overwhelmed in this new world of the rising Dominican drug gangs growing like cancer. When he crosses the Atlantic he settles in a cockroach tenement in the heart of crime-ridden Harlem. If he's not drinking Polish vodka with his Serbian neighbor, he's committing crimes or spending some 'quality time' with Darkey's sultry young lolita, Bridget. It doesn't take Einstein to see where this one's going: treachery, sex, ultraviolence, betrayal, revenge. We even wind up at a Mexican prison at one point.

Looking for an enjoyable read then definitely check this out. County Antrim native and sharp novelist Adrian McKinty's noir-ish New York City crime thriller is quick-witted, fast-paced and darkly gritty. Told in first person narrative, McKinty takes us on one helluva ride from the beginning to the end. 'Dead I Well May Be' is a gangster story spiced with Irish wit and crackling New York authenticity. What the hell is there not to like?!

Keep writing Adrian.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An outstanding Listen 15. Dezember 2006
Von Richard Snyder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Combine a great writer and an equally great reader and you have the ultimate in storytelling pleasure. Gerard Doyle's talent makes you believe the protagonist himself is seated in the chair next to you and is telling you his story. I cannot praise Mr. McKinty's prowess enough either. Every bit of his tale melds so seamlessly you never notice the wheels and pulleys and other writerly mechinations. My only problem -- where to find another such book?
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