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Falling Glass [Paperback]

Adrian McKinty
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5 Jan 2012
Killian makes a living enforcing other people's laws, collecting debts, dealing out threats and finding people who do not wish to be found. Now regular McKinty hero Michael Forsythe sets Killian up with the best paid job of his life: Richard Coulter, an Irishman with political connections, and the owner of a budget airline, is willing to pay half a million to track down his ex-wife and children. But Killian discovers the real reason Coulter's ex is running, and helps her take refuge among his people, a community of Irish Travellers, who close ranks to protect them - for a little while at least . . .

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail; Reprint edition (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687839
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. I studied law at Warwick University and politics and philosophy at Oxford. 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.

My first crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the 2004 Steel Dagger Award.

My first Sean Duffy novel, The Cold Cold Ground, won the 2013 Spinetingler Award. The second Sean Duffy novel, I Hear The Sirens In The Street, was shortlisted for the 2014 Barry Award & was longlisted for the 2014 Theakston Best British Crime Novel Award. In The Morning I'll Be Gone (Sean Duffy #3) won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for best fiction and was picked as one of the top 10 crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association.

Here's a supercut of reviews for Sean Duffy #3 (I've removed spoilers):

...the novel hence becomes a locked room mystery within a manhunt killer, a clever and gripping set-up that helps makes Duffy's third outing easily his best so far.
The Sunday Times

Not content with constructing a complex plot, McKinty further wraps his story around a deliciously old-fashioned "locked room" mystery, the solution to which holds the key to Duffy's entire investigation. Driven by McKinty's brand of lyrical, hard-boiled prose, leavened by a fatalistic strain of the blackest humour, In the Morning I'll Be Gone is a hugely satisfying historical thriller.
The Irish Times

[A] superb trilogy reaches its finality...The hunt for [Duffy's quarry] begins and ends spectacularly. McKinty is particularly convincing in painting the political and social backdrops to his plots. He deserves to be treated as one of Britain's top crime writers.
The Times

An action movie view of the Troubles...a fast and thrilling ride from the reliably excellent McKinty.
The Daily Mail

It's a sad day for fans of Adrian McKinty's smart 1980s-set procedurals featuring mordantly charismatic Belfast cop Sean Duffy. Not because his latest, In the Morning I'll Be Gone is any sort of let-down, but because it concludes what has been a hugely enjoyable trilogy. In some ways, Duffy resembles Iain Banks's young male heroes - crass and impetuous, but also wickedly funny and capable of an intense, redeeming empathy.
The Guardian

An older, more sobered Duffy, still unconventional and willing to take chances, but more reflective, more Sherlock Holmes. His growing maturity resultw in fewer bedroom scenes but there is plenty of excitement and suspense elsewhere in this intelligent and gripping yarn.
The Irish Independent

Sardonic Belfast cop Sean Duffy [in] another terrific Troubles-set thriller 4.5/5
The Sun

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"'Another winner, with pathos, insight, sardonic humour and lyrical descriptions that counterpoint the red-hot sequences to superb effect' (Guardian) 'McKinty is a streetwise, energetic gunslinger of a writer, firing off volleys of sassy dialogue and explosive action that always delivers what it promises... Skilfully constructed and full throttle forwards' (Irish Times)"

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Witty and violent, fast-paced and evocative, Falling Glass is McKinty at his best - and back on his home turf.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pacy, entertaining thriller 25 Feb 2011
By Ripple TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Like all good "noir" fiction, McKinty provides us with a charismatic central character - here in the form of Killian. Of Pavee traveller, Irish stock (otherwise known as `tinkers') he has made his name as an enforcer of other people's laws, collecting debts and finding missing people. He's tough and capable of violence, but generally gets his man by avoiding force where possible. A sort of hit man with a conscience. However, when the book kicks off he has semi-retired, but his decision to invest his ill gotten gains in property has fallen foul of the property crash, so when a job comes up offering a cool half million for simply finding the ex-wife and daughters of budget airline magnate Richard Coulter, it's not one he can easily turn down. Killian knows this sounds too good to be that simple. And, of course, he's right.

Fans of McKinty's previous books may recognise the source of the lead for this work, a certain Michael Forsythe, star of McKinty's "Dead" trilogy. But this is Killian's book and his sometime mentor Forsythe merely lurks in the background of the story. If you haven't encountered his former adventures, you won't be disadvantaged in the least.

We get a fair amount of initial jet setting. We first meet Killian in the USA on St Patrick's day musing on the "Oirish" interpretations of his native land, but when the call comes from the budget airline CEO, Killian jets off to Macau to pick up the job. We also get a brief, and violent, trip to Mexico as another character is introduced but to reveal more about that would be to spoil the plot development. But mostly, the book is set in present day Northern Ireland.

For this genre of fiction to work best, it needs a strong dose of humour and McKinty positively excels in this regard, particularly early on.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 8 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
It's rare that I take the time to write a review anymore. This one was so good that I had no choice.

You can get the story from the blurb, so I won't bore you with too much repetitive detail. In sum, the book follows Killian as he is dispatched on a job to find a mother and her two daughters. He take the job and, of course, mayhem ensues.

This book has everything I look for in a novel. The pace is quick. There's lots of action, some real violence, and some cliffhanger tension. The characters are beautifully drawn. What really sets this book apart -- and miles above the typical thriller -- is the writing. McKinty writes so well, even lyrically at times, that it's incredibly easy to lose yourself in his work.

If you liked any of McKinty's previous work -- Fifty Grand, the Michael Forsythe trilogy, etc., you will absolutely love this novel. Absolutely top notch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the year so far 27 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
This is my first read of a mckinty novel and I'm now off to read everything I can get my hands on from this fantastic writer.

Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Is that strong enough for you?

Falling Glass has everything the reader of the modern noir novel could ask for: fascinating characters, quality prose, social commentary and a plot that keeps you guessing.

'Nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your next favourite crime writer 9 April 2011
By Domino
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There is a fine crop of Irish Crime Writers at work these days - John Connolly, Ken Bruen, (Colin) Bateman (with or without his first name) to name just three - but at the top of the pile is Adrian McKinty. It's a crime that McKinty is not better known and wider read.

His latest novel, loosely connected to his masterful Dead trilogy, is a fast paced thriller set in Northern Ireland (starting in my home town of Coleraine) but with only tangential references to 'the troubles'. This is not a terrorist novel but it is one of the finest crime novels of the year (or any year). I enjoyed it more than Robert Crais' and Dennis Lehane's latest (and that's high praise).

But for all the pace and action, Falling Glass also contains some of the most lyrical passages you'll find in any crime fiction outside of the Raymond Chandler novels that provide some of its chapter titles.

This is a true modern noir. Killian, the protagonist, is not a 'good guy' but we root for him because he is the least 'bad guy' here. McKinty is skilled enough to make us sympathize, if just a little, with a Russian hitman who, despite the terrible things he does, has a life outside his 'job'. It's a difficult task but one that McKinty makes look easy. In less skilled hands many of the characters would be cliches, killers with hearts, but here they come across as three dimensional people.

Read this. Then go back and read Dead I Well May Be and work from there. Tell all you friends. Spread the word. Perhaps then Adrian McKinty will get the respect he deserves and somebody will put Hidden River back into print.
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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Originally from Belfast, forty-year-old Killian has tried to remake his life, having emigrated to New York City after spending his first twenty-three years in The Life in Belfast. A tinker, or Pavee, sometimes even referred to as a gypsy, Killian was involved in crimes of many varieties, including drugs, extortion, and even murder there, but he managed to get out of that life, learn to read, go to college, study history and the arts, and live a more "normal" life. He still adheres to his aboriginal values, however.

Author Adrian McKinty, who grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland before emigrating to New York City and eventually Australia, endows both New York and Ireland with life as he creates a sometimes likeable, though often violent main character, a man unable to abide by the rules set by governments for society, a man who, instead, lives by his own inner code and a more vengeful sense of honor and justice. Unfortunately for Killian, he himself has been involved in a real estate investment in Belfast which has gone bad with the economic downturn, and he is now seriously in debt. When he is contacted in New York by an old "mate" from Belfast, now relocated to Boston, to collect a debt from someone in New Hampshire, he sees this as a chance to get out of his own debt. Afterward, he is off to Kowloon to meet with Richard Coulter, an extremely wealthy and influential Irishman who wants to hire him to find his ex-wife Rachel and daughters, ages five and seven, missing or hiding somewhere in Northern Ireland.

Coulter's need to find Rachel is greatly in excess of what one would normally expect in an ordinary custody dispute, though the author draws out the suspense for almost half the book, hinting early about a laptop but not revealing why it is so important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This
Have read. most of Adrian McKintys books and love them. Just finished reading Falling Glass and could not put it down. Got to the end and thought oh! Was left hanging. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cookie
2.0 out of 5 stars Barry, view
A good writer but not his best. Interesting story but poor characters and silly typos and facts.Gates is NOT spelt guards and BAA has no tax raising powers as it operates Airports. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Patrick F. O'Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars An Ok Read
Not much I can say on this book, other than it's an Ok Read. I read it on holiday when I'd run out of reading material.
Published 8 months ago by Digital Diva
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent as always
I've read all Adrian McKinty's stories and without exception I have really enjoyed them. Their pace is fast, the characters well realised and the quality of the writing is top... Read more
Published 12 months ago by I. B. Pitbladdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Another excellent McKinty story - well worth reading any of his novels - just discovered him this year after hearing him on the radio
Published 13 months ago by Richard O'Loughlin
1.0 out of 5 stars downloaded by mistake
i downloaded this to my kindle by mistake.so i cannot make any comments on it. other to say it is not my choice of book
Published 18 months ago by rosemary keogh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Spellbinding ...Need any more
This is one of the best book I have ever read... get it you will enjoy but like me I bet you cant set it down and its over too soon.
Published 19 months ago by James Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thrilling - great find!
I just found this hidden on my Kindle from over a year ago - no idea how I missed reading it but it was well worth waiting for! Read more
Published on 20 July 2012 by Maggie
3.0 out of 5 stars straight up and down thriller
The real strength of an Adrian McKinty book is the quality of the writing. His prose and dialogue are excellent and the stories are well told. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Rob Kitchin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I bought this book my first McKinty book on the back of the super reviews and sadly almost hated the prose from the first page. Read more
Published on 11 July 2011 by Mark Connelly
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