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The Dead Yard (Dead Trilogy #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  914 ratings  ·  68 reviews
In this riveting sequel to Adrian McKinty's acclaimed debut, "Dead I Well May Be," mercenary bad boy Michael Forsythe is back -- the hero "other writers can only aspire to create" (Ed McBain).

While on holiday in Spain, Michael Forsythe is arrested in the chaos of a soccer riot and hauled off to jail. Back on the wrong side of the law, the Belfast native has no hope of rele
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2006)
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Steve
I've read all three of the Michael Forsythe books, and I think this the best one. Forsythe is a great character, funny, smart, surprisingly literate (on this front, he's nearly a prodigy), missing one foot (see the first book in the series), and a stone cold killer. Dead Yard starts a little slow, with a story line involving a rogue IRA group. Going into it I was only so-so on the set up, but then the characters got established and Murder began. It contains one of the best "mission of vengeance" ...more
Karmologyclinic
Damn! I was avoiding reading the second part, because I liked the first so much and I couldn't see how the same dynamics could be dragged into a series. Now I'm a McKinty fangirl I guess. I'll just hop onto the third and last one without delay.
Once again the darkness inside the main character is enormous. And keeps on growing. But this time it is overrun by the darkness of the terrorist cell's members he infiltrates. A different kind, fed on hate, ignorance and sociopathy. Each one of them find
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Barbara
Adrian Mc Kinty writes very good thrillers, though this character isn't my favorite of his, he promises a lot of action. This book is set in and around Boston - The North Shore. Despite the geographical, and cultural gaffs, I found this an enjoyable and entertaining listen. Michael Forsythe is working undercover for British Intelligence and the FBI trying to infiltrate a small American group that supports IRA splinter groups.
I was annoyed by some gaffs which revealed ignorance of the local cult
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Cphe
Oct 12, 2013 Cphe rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I thought that the first book in this trilogy (Dead I Well May Be) was very, very good. This book has raised the bar even higher. The pace and action never falters. This book is violent and gritty and not for the faint of heart.

Five years have passed and Michael is now working as an undercover operative for M16 against his will. No way does he want to be extradited back to Mexico to be a guest of that government. Michael is sent to infiltrate a rogue IRA cell living in the lap of luxury in Plum
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Monica
Michael Forsythe is in US Witness Protection after his role in helping the police to take down Darkey White and his gang. When he decides he needs a break and takes off for Spain, he inadvertently gets caught up in a football riot and arrested. This puts him in a world of trouble - his past troubles in Mexico mean that extradition back there is a real and deadly possibility.

He gets in touch with his FBI handler who brings in the British Services, who offer Michael a Faustian bargain. They can ma
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Sandi
Well written but very violent. Michael Forsythe is coerced into infiltrating an IRA cell in Boston that seems to have a bunch of misfits and rejects as members. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Gerard Doyle who was excellent.
John
Author McKinty writes another story worthy of Michael Forsythe with The Dead Yard. Thriller lovers call his yarns "experiences" and not reads. Problem is, it is hard to out-do his prior tale, Dead, Well I May Be (DWIMB). The book follows a story line hereby deemed "McKintyesque:" Deep retrospection, finding love, loss of liberty, loss of body part, despair beyond anything described, loss of love, and ultimately, an unwanted salvation from death. Though what happens in the Dead Yard barn does not ...more
Joe Stamber
Experienced on audio, and I have to mention the narrator Gerard Doyle as I can't imagine McKinty's novels being read better by anyone else. The Dead Yard follows on in a similar style to its predecessor, Dead I May Well Be, with Michael Forsythe in bother right from the start. It's the beginning of another madcap adventure full of violence and wisecracks that never fails to entertain. In my review of the first novel I complained that McKinty occasionally meandered off track and I can happily rep ...more
Robert
Michael works himself loose and when a capturer's wife who had at least been a bit nice to him comes into the barn, he hit over the head and the blood splattered everywhere...

In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution. Michael is on holiday in Spain when a soccer riot between the Paddies and the Brits escalates out of control and he w
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Aoife62
After having read the Sean Duffy novels I was a bit sceptic whether the Dead series could match it. - It could! Although he is a multiple murderer, you feel with Michael Forsythe and fear for him. Main learning: the good ones are those whose motives you understand. So in the end, Michael appears not as a bad person, but as a good and smart person who just meets circumstances that force him to act the way he does.
This is probably the most violent book of the series with some really nasty scenes,
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Ryan
May 13, 2008 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
Book 2 of what is currently the Michael Forsythe trilogy.

I listened to the first installment: Dead I Well May Be. Loved it. Found out there were more. My library doesn't own any audio version of this second book so I picked it up and read this one.

Listening or reading, Michael Forsythe is a bad MoFo. He's the hero you hate to love. He's clever, witty, never says too much, and he's only got one good foot. You're never quite sure which side of the law he works on, but one thing is for sure, Michae
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Macee
Sticking with Michael Forsythe for book 2 of the trilogy. Fast paced, well written, but yikes, reaallly violent. Not surprising since the premise here is that in exchange for evading extradition to Mexico for events occurring in Book 1 (Dead I Well May Be), he must infiltrate an extremist splinter group of the Irish Republican Army bent on ignoring a nascent ceasefire with the Brits. Working for the FBI, he's got the support of the feds. But as one might expect, everything goes belly-up, and For ...more
Ed Mckeon
Petty criminal Michael Forsyth becomes the anti-hero who can't be defeated, in this second of a series following the paripatetic Belfast exile. What begins in Spain, ends in Maine, with a sojurn in Northern, Mass, and the fleeting New Hampshire coast. Credibility may be stretched thin, but it's difficult to put a McKinty novel down.
Jerry Peace
If you ever see Michael Forsythe, run and hide. He's the last person you want to know your name. We already know he's the most sensitive killer/mercenary/betrayer/undercover liar that exists. I wish Mr. McKinty would lay off all the stream of consciousness sensitivity stuff. Boring, distracting and superfluous.
Josh
The second book in the Dead Trilogy sees Michael Forsythe faced with a tough decision; join a terror cell or return to the infamous Mexican prison that almost took his life. After having enjoyed 5 years peace thanks to Witness Protection, Forsythe is ready to enter a world of violence, torture, and terror plots. In 'The Dead Yard' we gain more of an appreciation of the complex character that is Michael Forsythe and an insight into the world of IRA terror plots and MI6. The torture scenes, while ...more
Stephanie Griffin
Adrian McKinty’s THE DEAD YARD is the second novel in the Dead Trilogy starring Michael Forsythe, an Irish mercenary.
Michael is trying to lie low in order to avoid being sent back to a Mexican prison he escaped from. Unfortunately, he gets picked up in Spain, where he is given a choice to either infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell in the United States, or go to Mexico. He chooses the U.S. assignment.
The story is told from Michael’s POV and he can be very funny in his comments (in between the tor
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Janet Martin
Forsythe isn't the most attractive hero in the world, but he's smart and interesting. Loved this book, possibly because of the brilliant narration by Gerard Doyle enhances an already good story.
Pat H
I'm a big fan of Adrian McKinty's writing. His novels are intelligent, fast-paced, authentic, and his characters are really well-developed. This is story-telling at its finest.
Al
Michael Forsythe is forced by M16 and the FBI to infiltrate a minor IRA cell in Boston to spy on their activities. Guess what? Things quickly spin out of control. Guess what? Michael becomes involved with the daughter of the cell leader. Want a third guess? Yep, you're right, but I'm not going to tell you how it all turns out. Literary fiction this is not. The plusses are that Mr. McKinty's writing is sharp and occasionally beautiful, and his plot is suspenseful. The minus is the usual--there's ...more
Alex Rogers
Very similar in tone etc to Dead I may well Be - but lost some of the freshness, and a star. I'll read more of his - but later.
Jim Thomas
These are getting better. Starting 3rd in series now and I think it's going to be the best
Greg Lee
Not great. Not nearly as good as the first. Quite a disappointment, actually.
John Skipper
Another great book by Adrian McGinty. I love finding a new author that can write so well!
Natalie
Had to keep reading about Michael Forsyth!!
Sarah Shrubb
Lots of good writing, and good characters and plot, but it all just fell overboard into too much of everything near the end. Too violent, and unnecessarily so. It lost the rhythm of the writing and the whole setup disappeared in a fog of blood and ridiculous escaping. And the romance lost its honesty. You can't go round being half in love with both women in a book, really. Not a patch on Zane Lovitt for emotional power, in the end. Would I read another? Yes, I would give him one more chance, but ...more
Jeremy
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Edward
I have recently discovered Adrian McKinty and have now listened to a second novel of his. I made a mistake in starting a three book series featuring the character Michael Forsythe reading the second book rather than the first. However, it was a very good mystery set in Boston in the mid 1990's during the peace process in Northern Ireland. The story was a bit violent but it was very good. I am glad that I discovered Adrian McKinty. The reader of all of his books, Gerard Doyle, is terrific.
Alex
Brilliant, loved it!
Bridget
I really enjoyed this book! It was so well written, it was night and day to the first one. Not taking anything away from the first one i just found this one so much easier to read. The storyline was strong and you really got to see Michael's character. McKinty's characters are always so real. It was gruesome, surprisingly sad but still a little quirky and still had some humor. I really liked it and I'm looking forward to the third one!
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Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 onwards Denver, Colorado where he taught high sch ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dead Trilogy (3 books)
  • Dead I Well May Be (Michael Forsythe #1)
  • The Bloomsday Dead (Michael Forsythe #3)
The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy, #1) Dead I Well May Be (Michael Forsythe #1) I Hear the Sirens in the Street (Detective Sean Duffy, #2) In the Morning I'll be Gone (Detective Sean Duffy, #3) The Bloomsday Dead (Michael Forsythe #3)

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