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In the Morning I'll be Gone: Sean Duffy 3 [Paperback]

Adrian McKinty
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30 Jan 2014

Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it.

Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning.

From old betrayals and ancient history to 1984's most infamous crime, Sean tries not to fall behind in the race to annihilation. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?


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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (30 Jan 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846688205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846688201
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,011 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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Review

It blew my doors off (Ian Rankin on 'I Hear the Sirens in the Street')

Duffy is one of the most interesting, convincing and sympathetic police officers in recent crime fiction ... McKinty gets better and better (The Times)

A strain of rough and visual, sly and lyric narrative prose in service of one hell of a story. Sean Duffy is a great creation, and the place comes alive - a uniquely beautiful and nasty part of the world (Daniel Woodrell)

Powerful ... [these are] exceptionally smart police procedurals (Christine Tran Booklist 2014-02-01)

Smart and irreverent ... a clever and gripping set-up that helps make Duffy's third outing easily his best so far (John Dugdale Sunday Times 2014-01-12)

Hugely enjoyable (John O'Connell Guardian 2013-12-28)

This is an older, more sobered Duffy, still unconventional and willing to take chances, but more reflective, more Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe than Rambo and Robocop ... there is plenty of excitement and suspense in this gripping yarn. (Maurice Hayes Irish Independent 2014-01-25)

Terrific Troubles-set thriller (The Sun 2014-01-31)

McKinty is particularly convincing in painting the political and social backdrops to his plots. He deservers to be treated as one of Britain's top crime writers. (Marcel Berlins Times 2014-02-01)

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. (Declan Burke Irish Times 2014-02-01)

McKinty has rightly developed an international reputation with his stories ... Written in spare, razor-sharp prose, and leading up to a denouement that creeps up on you and then explodes like a terrorist bomb, it places McKinty firmly in the front rank of modern crime writers. (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail 2014-02-07)

McKinty's series is settling in as one of crime fiction's most reliable attractions ... builds to a genuinely thrilling climax (Mail on Sunday 2014-03-02)

Structurally, In The Morning I'll Be Gone is gemlike, embedding a locked-room mystery within a terrorist thriller. (The Age, Australia 2014-03-29)

Already claimed as the finest of the new wave of Irish crime writers, McKinty is as good as any novelist around. His lovely flair for language is matched by his feel for place, his appetite for redemptive violence leavened by some seriously mordant wit and his seriously cool appreciation of characters who reject conformity. His Duffy novels echo, among many, Dennis Lehane and Robert Crais. (Weekend Australian 2014-03-01)

Powerful ... McKinty's exceptionally smart police procedural brilliantly sets a familiar device from the Golden Age of British mysteries against the gritty backdrop of 1980s Belfast. (Booklist 2014-05-01)

Book Description

The third book in the Sean Duffy thriller series.

A spectacular escape and a man-hunt that could change the future of a nation - and lay one man's past to rest.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duffy on Good Form 18 Jun 2014
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I have read all three of the Sean Duffy stories to date and they have each been an excellent read. I would say that this one is the best to date which is very encouraging. One thing they are certainly not is the least bit formulaic. I have recently read the latest Lee Child Jack Reacher story and, although good fun, the reader is rather aware that they are reading the same story over and over repackaged. However there is no such repetition in the life of Sean Duffy.

This time round Duffy continues his career habit of offending those in authority and suffers the consequences. His life is in the doldrums until, rather fortuitously he is recruited by MI5 who are in pursuit of a leading IRA figure who went to school with Duffy. Following a sojourn training in Libya, Dermot McCann is now back in Europe and thought to be planning a 'spectacular'. In the course of this investigation Sean becomes involved in a classic 'locked room' cold case mystery which he has to solve if he is to find McCann.

I like Adrian McKinty's style of writing and the Northern Irish setting retains the ring of authenticity which was so evident in the previous books - there are many nice details such as the very accurate description of the well known Crown pub in Belfast. It is certainly not necessary to have read the other books though as this works well as a standalone story. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fight the Break of Dawn 30 May 2014
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Adrian McKinty is one of the best crime writers around and this is shown no better than in his Sean Duffy books. ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Morning’ is the third in the series and continues the story of a Northern Irish copper during the troubles who is trying to do real police work whilst bombs are going off. As in previous outings, Sean’s abrasive attitude gets him in as much trouble as it provides clues. Hired by MI5 he is on the lookout for escaped IRA bomber and former school pal Dermot McCann.

What makes McKinty such a great author is his balance of light and dark. Set during the mid-80s, this is some of the most turbulent time in recent Northern Irish history, but Duffy goes about his work in a glib fashion. This is because if he was to stop and think about things he may never leave the house again. Therefore, ‘Morning’ is a funny book, but also harrowing. Add to these features a great mystery and some brilliant action and you have perhaps the best book by McKinty yet (and the standard is high).

Large portions of the book are given over to a simple, but effective, locked room puzzle. This being McKinty, and in particular his Sean Duffy character, he not only solves a mystery, but explores the history of the locked room puzzle in an entertainingly funny way. The crime element of the book is fantastic, but there is more. McKinty balances light and dark, but also fact and fiction. The events in ‘Morning’ touch upon those in real life and lead to one of the tensest and exciting finales I have read in a long time.

Sammy Recommendation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once again McKinty delivers the goods 5 Aug 2014
By Mr. B. Trotter VINE VOICE
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This is the third in the troubles trilogy, and like the first two its another book that is difficult to put down.
It begins with Duffy, a hard-drinking Catholic in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary being set-up for a crime he didn’t commit. In exchange for admitting wrongdoing and going away quietly, he’s offered early retirement with a pension.
When MI5 recruits Duffy to hunt down his childhood friend, Dermot McCann, an IRA bomber who has escaped from Maze Prison, McCanns mother in law offers to give up McCann location, if he can solve the mystery of her daughter s death. Duffy’s investigation takes him throughout Northern Ireland and England, trying to solve the “a locked room mystery” in which Lizzie died., supposedly accidentally.Soon, Duffy is uncovering clues to help solve the mystery, but begins to wonder if the information on McCann’s location and next target will be enough to stop the McCanns next bombing.
I tightly written thriller, once again McKinty delivers the goods. One of the finest crime writers in the world today
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another very good Duffy thriller 4 Jun 2014
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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I thoroughly enjoyed this police thriller. It has its flaws, but not enough to spoil things for me and if anything I thought it was better than its predecessor, I Hear The Sirens In The Street.

Sean Duffy is a Detective Inspector in Northern Ireland in 1984. Or at least he was until insubordination, excessive drinking and so on in the last book caused him to be demoted to sergeant and removed from CID. In this book things get even worse until he's recruited by MI5 to find a terrorist leader with whom he was at school and is back on the force... These are such clichés of the genre that I wouldn't normally bother, but the book is so well written that I didn't mind a bit. Duffy is an engaging if flawed character, he and other are exceptionally convincingly drawn, and the period and place are very well evoked. Dialogue is excellent; it is crisp, believable and pretty accurate for the period (although people do mention "issues" and "closure" which, mercifully, hadn't infested the language by then.)

The plot is beautifully paced and utterly gripping. It has its silly elements, to be honest, including an almost with-a-single-bound-he-was-free Bulldog Drummond-esque escape and dash to prevent National Catastrophe, but I was quite happy to go along with it and stayed up far too late to finish the book. It's an exciting, deceptively well-researched and erudite read, and a very good portrait of a turbulent time and place. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TWO GRIPPING TALES SKILFULLY INTERTWINED
Demoted and now further disgraced, Sean Duffy quits the force. Now MI5 wants him to track down Dermot McCann, most notorious of recent Maze Prison escapees, a spectacular atrocity... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Mr. D. L. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars In the morning I'll be gone...
I though after I'd finished this book that this must be one of the best I've read recently and I read a lot. Read more
Published 11 days ago by R. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Irish crime writer
McKinty is one of the top Irish crime writers today. In the Morning I'll be Gone is another fine example.
Published 15 days ago by Michael Haskins
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Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in... Read more
Published 18 days ago by E. Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read
Published 19 days ago by Mr. J. Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Plot rolls along nicely towards an unexpected climax
A murder mystery unravelled by the cynical wits of former RUC detective Sean Duffy who finds himself on the trail of an old schoolmates. Read more
Published 26 days ago by F .Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope this trilogy can be stretched - or doubled.
Deserving of five stars for the solidity of itself and of the trio of Sean Duffy novels, for me more satisfying than Michael Forsythe (whose appearance here is fleeting). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars so I enjoy his
He is from my home town, so I enjoy his stories
Published 1 month ago by john strange
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Couldn't stand all the swearing. It made me lose interest in the story,
Published 1 month ago by Dim Flaxenwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller
What a character is Sean Duffy. Set during the Troubles, it might have seem dated among modern fiction but it is an Ireland many of us remember from the news and the reader is back... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Lawson
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