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I Hear the Sirens in the Street (Detective Sean Duffy #2)

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Irlanda del Norte, años ochenta. Un torso aparece en una maleta abandonada. Ha estado congelado, lo que impide saber con precisión cuándo murió la víctima. Un tatuaje incompleto y una vieja cicatriz de metralla son lo único que lo pueden identificar. Se hace cargo del caso Sean Duffy que no pasa por su mejor momento: su relación sentimental hace aguas. La víctima murió env ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Serpent's Tail (first published 2013)
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James Thane
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adrian McKinty's second novel featuring Detective Sean Duffy is set in 1982, during the time of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. As the novel opens, a man's torso is found abandoned in a suitcase. Duffy manages to identify the victim as an American tourist--a retired IRS employee who had come to Ireland to visit his roots.

The autopsy reveals that the man was poisoned by a very rare plant, and Duffy can't find a hint of it anywhere in Northern Ireland. His only viable lead comes when he discov
3.5 stars
The shotgun blast had sent the birds into a frenzy and as we ran for cover behind a half disassembled steam turbine we watched the rock doves careen off the ceiling, sending a fine shower of white asbestos particles down towards us like the snow of a nuclear winter.” (Page 1)

Book II in Adrian McKinty’s ‘Sean Duffy’ series starts off with a bang. It is but one bang amongst many in Northern Ireland in the early nineteen eighties, in the period known as The Troubles. But this particular b
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrian McKinty and Sean Duffy strike again
Following up the cold cold ground
A suitcase
A torso
And an investigation all over Ireland

The writing is page turning and the reader looks at the world of a Catholic policeman in a Protestant station. His interactions and how he goes to solve the crimes and get what he wants.

Somehow I feel that Ken Bruen could have invented Sean Duffy and have him as a sidekick to Jack Taylor, who is an amazing character.

Off to book 3 in this trilogy that got 6 books ha

Detective Sean Duffy wasn’t thrilled at the discovery of a headless body in a suitcase, especially after he and his offsider had been shot at by the clueless security guard. But it was the beginning of a perplexing investigation in the Irish back streets, which were filled with IRA who had no hesitation in pulling the trigger.

The partial tattoo was the first clue – there were others, but they were a problem to follow up on. Recovering from his previous case; his girlfriend quietly leaving
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GR friends
Shelves: irish-crime
I enjoyed reading this book and give it 4 stars for a fast moving plot, and intricate twists in who killed who. However, I give it 3 stars for an unrealistic character trait, i.e. Sean Duffy's regular use of marijuana and hashish. I am retired law enforcement and this is strictly prohibited by all police agencies. My agency instituted random drug screening in the mid 80s. Violators were given a choice: resign or be prosecuted. A few were allowed to retire. All US police agencies now do random dr ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable police procedural set in Belfast in 1982 in the throes of the Troubles. Soon after returning to duty after nearly dying during his last case, DI Sean Duffy finds a torso in a suitcase he pulls out all stops to find out who it is and who murdered him. After hitting several brick walls, the case is put on the back burner and Sean is told to get on with his more mundane police work. Sean really should have listened to his boss, as this case has a lot more riding on it than he real ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boreen to a Banshee, Poteen with Sleveen, Then to Smithereens*

Number 2 in "The Troubles Trilogy" by Irish writer Adrian McKinty takes a turn to more secular. Compared to #1, The Cold, Cold Ground, this one misses the edginess from the ever-present conflicts between the majority Protestant police force and the IRA/its supporters in Belfast, which surrounded the murder investigation in the first book. Still here is the early '80s setting in the period of "The Troubles" a/k/a Northern
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, new-to-me, 2013
A good read but some credibility issues…

This police procedural/thriller is based in 1980s Northern Ireland during the Troubles. When a torso is found in a suitcase, Detective Inspector Sean Duffy has to identify the victim before he can start to work out why he was murdered. The storyline allows the author to look at the divides in NI society and also at US attitudes to the Irish question. The author writes flowingly and the plot is interesting and complicated enough to keep the reader's interes
The Troubles series featuring Detective Inspector Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland continues to be one of the best reads in crime fiction. Not only does the plotting run deep, it's a series that envelopes the reader in period brimming with danger and death.

I HEAR SIRENS IN THE STREET starts off in similar fashion to the standard crime novel before morphing into something much more involved with Duffy stumbling upon the murder of a male - his remains found in a suitca
Fred Shaw
I Hear Sirens in the Street, Sean Duffy #2, by Adrian McKinty, narrated by Gerard Doyle, Blackstone Audio. Sean Duffy is back as Sergeant Detective Inspector, Carrick RUC, just outside Belfast, 1982.

While this book brought back familiar characters, the author took too long to build the real excitement which came in the last 100 pages or so. Of course there is a murder victim, his headless, and appendage-less body found in a suit case. Only this time its an American, WWII vet. The FBI and high le
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, audio, suspense
I decided to listen to the 2nd installment in this series, and it was great fun. The narrator did well with the accents and kept my attention throughout (it goes without saying that I loved his irish accent). There are a few things I enjoy about the Detective Sean Duffy books - the descriptions of Ireland, especially the political situation; the humor; the music and book references throughout the book. I did not enjoy this ending as much as it was very similar to the first book. I will probably ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy McKinty's Sean Duffy series. This is the second of a proposed trilogy. I read the first and immediately ordered the second. I have just pre-ordered the third.

It's 1982 and the Falklands have been invaded, not a good thing for the RUC in Northern Ireland, for it means that Thatcher's retaliation will denude Northern Ireland of half the British troops stationed there, leaving the police woefully undermanned to deal with the IRA terrorists now well-weaponed and funded thanks to mone
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book pitch: It's a murder mystery only this time at a book shop or a coffee shop or with British royals or solved by a cat or maybe the cat is the murderer!

This one is a murder mystery only this time with Irish Republican Army stuff everywhere.
Susan Johnson
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in The Troubles Trilogy and it is a real humdinger. It is action packed and doesn't give the reader much of a chance to catch their breath. The novel reminds me of the Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. Both Reacher and this character, Sean Duffy, are loners but with a real talent to captivate women. Both series move right along making it difficult to put the book down. You just have to find out what happens next.

Duffy's detective team is called in to investigate a bloody
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Detective Inspector Sean Duffy and his partner Detective Constable Mcgrabbin are dragged from their endless days of robberies and civil war issues in Northern Ireland in 1982 to a real murder. An American male has been hacked up and found in a suitcase. The pathologist discovers he was poisoned by rosary pea, similar to Ricin. As Duffy tracks down the culprit, there are suspects ranging from terrorists to industrial spies. Some of the secondary characters in this second book are inferior to thos ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in this enjoyable series about a Catholic detective in the mostly Protestant police force of Belfast in the early 80's, the height of the 'troubles'. Part of the fun of these books is the 80's nostalgia, and how the story weaves in historical events into what is otherwise a familiar police procedural. In this edition its the Falkland's war as a backdrop to the ongoing low-level civil war in Belfast that overshadows Sean Duffy's attempts to solve a murder. This book picks up the p ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This is the second in the Sean Duffy Troubles Trilogy, a series that I'm following with interest, given that it's set in not only the town in which I grew up, Carrickfergus, but also mainly in the neighbourhood in which I lived, Victoria.

The year is 1982 and Duffy, a Catholic RUC DI fresh from receiving the Queen's Police Medal, attends a call at a factory where he finds a torso in an old suitcase. And so, in typical McKinty fashion, the action begins.

I have to say, I found this a really enjoya
Cleo Bannister
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
A Police Procedural set in Belfast 1982 is always going to have plenty of politics attached to any crime, sure enough there are many agencies involved in this novel.

I was unsure about this book for the first few pages, there are lots of references to music along with out of the ordinary vocabulary which made me wonder if this would be one of those books more about the author showing off his knowledge than telling a story. I was wrong, the plot line is intricate and delivered well, and I was soon
Robert Intriago
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, crime-noir
Much better than the first installment of the series. In my opinion the best book since his second Forsythe book. The story is full of action, police cynicism, double dealings, great detective work and a captivating main character. In addition it takes place with a captivating backdrop: Northern Ireland in 1982, the Falkland's War and the DeLorean factory.

McKinty does a wonderful job converting a mundane detective story into a exciting one by injecting it with actual historical facts, humor and
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Great crime story, thrilling plot and fun characters. Also love the historical aspect in the 1980s.
Michael Robotham
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favourite of a brilliant series
Daniel Sevitt
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
The ending was a bit rushed... and utterly bonkers... but everything up to that point was rather good. Better than my memory of the first with a sense of the period - 1982 - that was both corny and recognizable. There was some real police work here among all the false leads and dodgy suspects, and politics and religion. Properly interesting and entertaining. Turns out there are already four more in the series for me to read. Yummy.
Andrew Nette
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
For a writer who once decried the notion of book series as a tired formula, Adrian McKinty is remarkably good at them. I Hear the Sirens in the Street is the second in a series of three books set during the height of Ireland’s civil war in the seventies and eighties and featuring Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy.

Just to recap, Duffy is a Catholic in a Protestant dominated police force in a Protestant dominated town. He’s intelligent, has a nose for trouble and a determination not to back down in th
Mike Gabor
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british-mystery
The second book in The Troubles Trilogy. This is an excellent book that worked for me on a few levels. First of all the mystery itself was well plotted and thought out. The main character, DI Sean Duffy, is investigating a very unusual case. A headless and armless torso is found in a suitcase. It turns out to be an American tourist but the motive for killing him remains elusive. As Duffy investigates further he is drawn into another murder case that happened a few months previously. A man was ki ...more
Rob Kitchin
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I Hear Sirens in the Street is the second book in the Sean Duffy trilogy. The first, The Cold, Cold Ground was one of my best reads of 2012. This book has many of the same qualities - good historical contextualisation and intertextuality, politically and socially; well-penned, credible characters; a good balance between on and off-duty storylines; and strong sense of place. In particular, the interaction between characters is very good and some of the dialogue sparkles, the prose is often wonder ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very cool novel. Set in the time of The Troubles in Northern Ireland and narrated by a Catholic policeman who has a wry sense of humor and almost values interesting things over life. I found it funny and sad and evoked a lot of childhood memories from watching television news about the events surrounding the story. A marvelous read.

Just an aside, I read this during Chinese New Year in Beijing and was lying down having a nice quiet read, listening to the gunshots on the streets of Belfa
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sean Duffy is up to his neck in another messy case. A blood trail is discovered by a night watchman that leads to a dismembered body that has been zipped into a suitcase and dropped in a dumpster. No head, arms, or legs, just the torso... It does have a rather significant tattoo that leads eventually to the man's identity but something about the whole story doesn't add up so Sean digs a little deeper and ends up finding way more that he was ready to deal with.

Loved this one, and of course the en
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't enjoy the plot (the ending was kinda of convoluted) of this one as much as the last one, the atmosphere, characters, and dialogue were still well done. I was highly entertained by this fast moving thriller. McKinty also shows he has serious writing chops with the well written epilogue. Since Duffy has been brought done a few notches at the end of the book, I'm eager to jump right into the next volume of the trilogy.

Quite definitely not as good as the first one -- and I'm bailing on it after 30% -- n.b., no qualms about rating books I haven't read. Having hit on a successful (in both senses) formula in the first volume (Cold Ground), McKinty is trying to reproduce it, formulaically, and with less (not more) authenticity. Kind of a sophomore slump, maybe. I will try the third volume, though.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
If this series carries on as good as the first two books it could be very good.
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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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