McKinty's voice: An early look at the fourth book in the Troubles trilogy
Here are some examples from the book's first few chapters:
"Oscillating waves of sound. A fragment of Dutch. A DJ from RFI informing the world with breathless excitement that `EuroDisney sera construit à Paris."
" ... as soon as the word `Inspector' has passed my lips I can see she has lost interest. There are assistant chief constables and chief superintendents floating around and I'm well down the food chain."
"Fireworks behind. Darkness ahead. And if that's not a metaphor for the Irish Question I don't know what is."
"Twelve-year-old Islay. Good stuff if you liked peat, smoke, earth, rain, despair, and the Atlantic Ocean, and who doesn't like that?"
"Home. The music on the turntable was classic Zep, and I let the plagiarizing bastards take me through a shower and a shave."I expect exciting things will happen to Duffy, as they do in The Cold Cold Ground, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, and In the Morning I'll Be Gone. But even more important than coming up with a good story is knowing how to tell it well, and McKinty can do that. So yes, the Duffy books will teach you something about the grit and everyday tension of living in Northern Ireland amid murderous sectarian strife. More important than that, they're also lots of fun.
© Peter Rozovsky 2014