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Fasten your seatbelts!,
This review is from: The Bloomsday Dead (Paperback)
The Bloomsday Dead, by Adrian McKinty
Serpent's Tail, £10.99
Those who know McKinty will automatically tighten their seat belts. To newcomers I say: buckle up and get set for a bumpy ride through a very harsh landscape indeed. His character, Michael Forsythe, is the real McCoy hard man - as wary, cunning and ruthless as a sewer rat. He has escaped from a Mexican prison, losing a foot in the process, killed a top New York gangster, and he has consequently been on the run from assassins for 12 years. The question in this thriller is: can he survive until midnight on the 100th Bloomsday in Ireland and also find the kidnapped daughter of his former nemesis, Bridget Callaghan? It is Bridget who has been trying to kill him for the last dozen years, but now that her daughter has been nabbed, she sends for Forsythe as the man most able to penetrate the fissiparous political and criminal gangs operating in Belfast. His journey in some ways parallels that of James Joyce's Leopold Bloom on one day in Dublin but, trust me on this, it is a lot more violent and a very great deal more exciting.