Rain Dogs: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

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Blackstone Publishing
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5.2 X 1.1 X 5.8 inches | 0.6 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Adrian McKinty is an Irish writer of crime and mystery novels and young adult fiction, best known for his 2020 award-winning thriller, The Chain, and the Sean Duffy novels set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. He is also the author of the Michael Forsythe trilogy and the Lighthouse trilogy. He is a winner of multiple awards including the Edgar Award, the Macavity Award, and the International Thriller Writers Award.

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London's West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone's recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.


"McKinty's story opens with a visit to Belfast by 'sporting royalty' Muhammad Ali--a challenge narrator Gerard Doyle meets with a gravelly, rhythmic delivery. Even better are Doyle's varied Irish accents, which help differentiate the various Northern Irish policemen who work with Detective Sean Duffy...Duffy's journey to Finland to investigate poses an interesting vocal challenge that Doyle handles admirably. His delivery further ratchets up the tension when the threat of IRA bombings and the death of a high-ranking police official add to the mayhem."

-- "AudioFile"

"The tension between McKinty's competing love of tight, formal puzzles and loose, riffing dialogue is what makes the Duffy novels such a joy."

-- "Guardian (London)"

"Set during the Troubles, the Duffy series could be construed as historical fiction...but the books don't feel like historical novels. They're too urgent and too topical...His prose style is vital, vigorous, and...if you're not reading him already, do yourself a favor: start now."

-- "Irish Times"

"McKinty captures the mood and flavor of a city perpetually under siege, the life of a detective during wartime [and he] also excels at scene-grabbing set pieces."

-- "Boston Globe"

"A first-rate crime thriller that commands attention from the opening pages and keeps the reader interested until the end."

-- "Sydney Morning Herald"

"McKinty expertly balances Duffy's tense and suspenseful investigation with the political tensions of the region."

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)"

"Every detail rings true...McKinty manages...another standout in a superior series, combining terrific plotting with evocative historical detail."

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

"The pairing of McKinty's artful prose with Doyle's Irish brogue is near perfection. He gives distinctive voices to Duffy and each of his colleagues...making it easy for the listener to follow and appreciate McKinty's smart dialogue, dark humor, and clever plotting."

-- "Booklist (starred audio review)"

"McKinty uses some historical events as a basis for a strong moral point of view while still delivering a fine tale."

-- "Library Journal"

"Duffy is taking no better care of himself than he ever did. But his copper's instincts are as sharp as ever in this fifth installment."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"