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 SennettCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Anthony Swofford Author of "Jarhead" McKinty's Michael Forsythe is a crook, a deviant, a lover, a fighter, and a thinker. His Irish-tough language of isolation and longing makes us love and trust him despite his oh-so-great and violent flaws. When you finish this book you just might wish you'd lived the life in its pages, and thought its thoughts, both horrible and sublime.
Peter Blauner Author of "The Last Good Day" and "The Intruder" If Frank McCourt had gone into the leg-breaking business instead of school teaching, he might've written a book like "Dead I Well May Be." Adrian McKinty's novel is a rollicking, raw, and unsavory delight -- down and dirty but full of love for words. This is hard-boiled crime fiction with a poet's touch.
Thomas Kelly Author of "The Rackets" and "Payback""Dead I Well May Be" is a startling, dark poem of a thriller that takes you to the heart of New York City's most bloody era. McKinty writes with elan, and his dialogue is as hard and true as the streets. His hero's quest for vengeance and redemption kept me reading into the loneliest hours of the night. McKinty is the real deal.
Barbara Seranella Author of "Unpaid Dues" Adrian McKinty has written a literary thriller full of surprising humor of the best kind -- dark and intelligent.