Dead I Well May Be

Dead I Well May Be

A Novel

Book - 2003
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This Irish bad-boy thriller -- set in the hardest streets of New York City -- brims with violence, greed, and sexual betrayal."I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went."So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the Troubles in Belfast. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever -- just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block.Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget -- saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent.But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him.A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent -- complete with an Irish lilt.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2003], ©2003
ISBN: 9780743246996
Branch Call Number: FICTION McK
Description: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Michael leaves Ireland to escape "The Troubles" there, and ends up working with a gang of Irish thugs in New York City.

Michael leaves Ireland to escape "The Troubles" there, but winds up working with a gang of Irish thugs in New York City.

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Nov 14, 2017

Excellent plot, beautifully written, and witty. This book is the first of a trilogy, along with "The Dead Yard" and "The Bloomsday Dead", which are equally as good. Adrian McKinty's books are head and shoulders better than all the garbage (e.g. Jo, absolutely no talent, Nesbo) coming out of the Scandinavian countries, now that both Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson are gone.


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