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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Mar. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0073H6002
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Jumping into something half way through doesn't feel right and is a little disconcerting, especially when reading a book. This is exactly the feeling I had when reading Adrian McKinty's `Falling Glass'. The book starts off at running pace and doesn't slow for a long time, making it hard to keep up. When a divorcee suddenly disappears with her two children, the rich airline owning ex-husband wants them found. In a roundabout way he hires former con, turned failed property magnate and part time student, Killian to track them down. If they are somewhere in Ireland he will find them. However, why is the businessman paying so much and are the lives of the woman and children at risk?
McKinty has proven in his `Dead' trilogy that he is a terrific creator of action thrillers with well developed and enjoyable characters. This is the case again with `Falling Glass' as Killian is just the right mix of charisma and darkness; a killer with a golden tongue. You make an antihero likable by creating enemies who are worse, therefore justifying their violent actions; this is exactly what happens. However, Killian goes a little too far in his actions at times and is seemingly a borderline psychopath who is hard to like on occasion. McKinty just about manages to keep your sympathy as a reader, but some people are bound to be turned off.
With some great action sequences and quick wit `Falling Glass' is a good thriller. However, it was the slightly undeveloped sections in the Tinker community that I liked the best; Killian's need to separate himself from his roots, but always being dragged back. Further books in the Killian series will be able to flesh out the character further and draw out the charming man under the cold killer. When this balance is set the books will be amongst McKinty's best work, but for now this remains below the likes of `The Bloomsday Dead'.
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. The whole Irishman in New York rant at the beginning is amusing and his description of Boston's Logan airport as "looking like an airport failing an audition for the part of Airport" is characteristic of the ability of McKinty to use humour with the efficiency that a surgeon uses a scalpel, to not only get a laugh but to encapsulate an image in a few words.
McKinty's writing style is full of pathos. Lots of short sentences and dialogue help to speed through the plot and create a sense of urgency. One unfortunate side effect of this is that it does rather highlight a number of editorial slips and typos, which is a shame.
There's more than just a pacy plot here though. McKinty offers some pretty scathing views on the recent history of the Northern Irish economy and a more positive insight into "The Life" of the travellers than is normally found.
Perhaps towards the end one or two people give up rather too much information to Killian rather too easily, and at times McKinty seems to get trapped into an obsession with certain words, notably `halyards' or the noise they make which seem to irritate Killian at a number of random locations. He's also somewhat obsessed at telling us you can see Scotland from the Northern Irish coast (though whenever I've tried, all I saw was rain!). However, all is forgiven in the terrific cliff-hanging epilogue where Michael Forsythe finally makes an appearance.
It's a very enjoyable read and one that will doubtless have you seeking out more of this author's work. You won't be disappointed.
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.
Loved it, loved it, loved it.
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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.