Dead I Well May Be

Dead I Well May Be

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An illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Belfast, young Michael Forsythe is strong and clever and fearless ? just the fellow to be tapped by crime boss Darkey White to lead a gang of Irish thugs against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city and hundreds are murdered every month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting block by bloody block. Soon Darkey anoints Michael his rising star. But when Michael seduces his boss?s girl, the saucy, fickle Bridget, things quickly go south ? south to Mexico, that is. Double-crossed and left to die in a Mexican prison, Michael plots his return to New York, there to wreak terrible vengeance on his betrayers. A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty delivers the explosive underworld of organised crime, complete with Irish lilt.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 26mm | 181.44g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852427809
  • 9781852427801
  • 1,687,953

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McKinty's thriller settles into an action groove. No wonder Steve Traffic Gaghan has bought it to film * Uncut * A pacy, assured and thoroughly engaging debut... this is a hard-boiled crime story written by a gifted man with poetry coursing through his veins and thrilling writing dripping from his fingertips * Sunday Independent * Adrian McKinty is a big new talent - for storytelling, for dialogue and for creating believable characters... It's a riveting story of revenge and marks the arrival of a fresh new voice -- Susanna Yager * Sunday Telegraph * Carrickfergus-born Adrian McKinty... looks set to make quite a splash with Dead I Well May Be, a darkly poetic tale set among Irish gangs in pre-Giuliani New York * Irish Times * Evocative dialogue, an acute sense of place and a sardonic sense of humour make McKinty one to watch * Guardian * An astonishingly confident debut from a writer to watch * Irish Independent * Careens boisterously from Belfast to the Bronx... McKinty is a storyteller with the kind of style and panache that blur the line between genre and mainstream. Top-drawer * Kirkus Reviews * 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 * Thomas Kelly, Author of The Rackets and Payback * 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 * Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead * 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 unsavoury delight - down and dirty but full of love for words. This is hard-boiled crime fiction with a poet's touch * Peter Blauner, author of The Last Good Day and The Intruder * Adrian McKinty has written a literary thriller full of surprising humour of the best kind - dark and intelligent * Barbara Seranella, author of Unpaid Dues * McKinty has deftly created a literate, funny and cynical antihero who takes his revenge in bloody and violent twists but at the same time, methodically listens to Tolstoy on tape while on stakeouts. He rounds out the book with a number of incredible fever-dream sequences and then springs an ending that leaves readers shaking their head in satisfied amazement -- David Lazarus * San Francisco Chronicle * McKinty has written a hard-edged, darkly sardonic novel which of itself is highly engrossing and also bodes well for future offerings from this new and most interesting author * Irish Times * I'd recommend to anybody who wants a riveting read to pick up a copy of Dead I Well May Be ... an astonishing first novel -- Lee Dunne * Irish Independent Books of the Year *
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About Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. He studied politics at Oxford University and after a failed legal career he moved to the US in the early 1990s. He found work as a security guard, postman, construction worker, barman, rugby coach and bookstore clerk before becoming a school teacher in Denver, where he now lives.
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2,626 ratings
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4 42% (1,094)
3 19% (505)
2 4% (116)
1 2% (56)
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