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The Dead Yard (Dead Trilogy 2)

The Dead Yard (Dead Trilogy 2) [Kindle Edition]

Adrian McKinty
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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"'The Dead Yard is compelling crime fiction at its finest! McKinty is an exciting new talent, and Michael Forsythe is a hero that other writers can only aspire to create' Ed McBain 'McKinty's literate, expertly crafted third crime novel... confirms his place as one of his generation's leading talents... McKinty possesses a talent for pace and plot structure that belies his years. Dennis Lehane fans will definitely be pleased' Publisher's Weekly 'A wild, riveting roller-coaster of a read' Irish Independent '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"

Book Description

Part 2 of The Dead Trilogy

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846687039
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (9 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZW5UFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but flawed. 17 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the first book in the series but this was weak in places.

The prose was a bit convoluted but I skim read these bits to get the gist of the story. When the narrative bounced along it was good even tho some bits were far fetched.

I felt at 26 Micheal was a bit young for all his wordly wisedom. Perhaps 36 would have been more realistic.

Also some very graphic violent descriptions were unecessary - please allow reader to use there own imagination. Again I skimmed these to pick up the story. Life's too short too walk round with such nasty images.

Overall it was entertaining but not great because the storyline, charecterizations, sub plots and scenarios were weak and strong in equel measure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sympathetic murderer 11 Sep 2009
A newspaper review of another book by McKinty intrigued me so I ordered The Dead Yard Trilogy as well. I found the books fascinating. The 'hero'is amusing, attractive, arouses your sympathy - but definitely on the wrong side of the law and can kill three or four people at a time coolly and efficiently. The author gives enough background to show how this personality has been conditioned and stresses the individual's responsiility for his own survival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic horror, stays in the head. 24 Jun 2014
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Extreme horror, poetically presented. I find myself worrying about addiction. But the next in the series will be bought very soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 5 May 2014
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Unusually we both enjoyed reading this book, it is well written and kept us engrossed to the end, what more can one say.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor. 25 April 2014
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Was expecting better things from this reader but really it was about a gangsta who was loosing direction and having internal conflicts with himself. Thought I would give it a chance and continued reading up to the 6th chapter but eventually lost interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Thriller 8 Mar 2014
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When I first read the summary of the book had my doubts - the last US set thriller with an Irish political theme was Patriot Games. But this is Mckinty - and the opening chapters are great. Lots of action, smart dialogue and well honed lines. It's these elements that hold the book together - lean, taut, no verbose Clancy style rubbish! And Forsythe is a brilliant, cynical character. A great creation, a great book. If you liked the first in the ded trilogy, this won t disappoint. If you have nt read the first, get them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Good 18 Sep 2013
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Thrills from beginning to end, could not put the book down. Read the others in the series, can't wait for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written violence 2 Sep 2013
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A great story - violent but humorous and very well-written. The "Hero" may kill people all over America but, somehow, never leaves Belfast.
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