Dead I Well May Be

By Adrian McKinty
Read by Gerard Doyle

The Dead Trilogy: Book 1

12.43 Hours 12/01/2004 unabridged
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This Irish bad-boy thriller, set in the hardest streets of New York City, introduces us to Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping from the Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Clever, fearless, and handy with a pistol, young Michael is just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a New York crime boss, to join his gang of thugs fighting for their turf. But just as Michael is being anointed Darkey’s rising star, he inadvisably seduces Darkey’s girl. Suddenly the tables are turned, and Darkey plans a very hard fall for young Michael. But Darkey fails to account for Michael’s toughness—or his determination to wreak vengeance upon those who betray him. A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty delivers us a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent—complete with an Irish lilt.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

This Irish bad-boy thriller, set in the hardest streets of New York City, introduces us to Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping from the Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Clever, fearless, and handy with a pistol, young Michael is just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a New York crime boss, to join his gang of thugs fighting for their turf. But just as Michael is being anointed Darkey’s rising star, he inadvisably seduces Darkey’s girl. Suddenly the tables are turned, and Darkey plans a very hard fall for young Michael. But Darkey fails to account for Michael’s toughness—or his determination to wreak vengeance upon those who betray him.

A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty delivers us a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent—complete with an Irish lilt.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“Michael’s pure and relentless pursuit of Darkey, and a dazzling epilogue set in 2003 in which his past catches up with him, could not be improved upon. McKinty, who now teaches in a Denver high school, is a writer to watch, and Dead I Well May Be, as a portrait of violence and revenge, is a gem.” Washington Post
“One of the Best Audiobooks of 2005…Gerard Doyle gives a riveting performance…Doyle is brilliantly understated, dark, and ironic…Lyrical, harsh, tender, and brutal, this is an amazing book boasting a stunning performance.” AudioFile
“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…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…And then he springs an ending so right and satisfying it leaves us numb with delight and ready to pop for another round…This is a profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent—and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year.” Booklist
“McKinty…is a storyteller with the kind of style and panache that blur the line between genre and mainstream. Top-drawer.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. In the mid 1990’s he moved to New York and found work in bars, bookstores and building sites, finally becoming a high school English teacher in Denver, Colorado. In 2004 Adrian’s debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. Since then his books have sold over half a million copies and been translated into a dozen languages. Adrian won the 2017 Edgar Award and is a two time winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Barry Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 12.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English