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In the Morning I'll Be Gone

(Detective Sean Duffy #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,595 ratings  ·  418 reviews
Detective Sean Duffy works to crack a locked room mystery while tracking an escaped IRA master bomber.

The early 1980s. Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison. In the course of his investi
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Published March 4th 2014 by Seventh Street Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
In the Morning I’ll be Gone is No. 3 in the series with Northern Ireland’s sergeant Sean Duffy back in fine form with his witty dialogue and no nonsense attitude. When his beeper starts beeping and vibrating signifying a Class 1 emergency; the highest general alert requiring all policemen and soldiers to respond without delay, Duffy is higher than a kite on Turkish black cannabis while totally immersed playing a video game. Not getting his attention the phone starts ringing non-stop which Duffy ...more
James Thane
Early in the third novel in the Sean Duffy series, Duffy, a detective in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, is booted off the force for an offence he didn't commit. Duffy is a brilliant detective, but he's also a wiseass of the first magnitude who prefers to work in his own way and who has little tolerance for his superiors, especially when they don't see things the way he does. In consequence, his superiors take advantage of a trumped-up charge to get him out of their hair.

The series takes place in
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A spot on conclusion to the Troubles Trilogy

Sean Duffy is back on the force but he is with the special branch MI5 and trying to locate a runaway IRA mastermind who used to be a friend of his.

There is always a side story and this one is a locked mystery... who killed Lizzy ? Would Sean be able to know the killer and solve a cold case, while at the same time capture a bomb mastermind

The book was so realistic that it felt more fact than fiction. Adrian does it again and delivers a realistic piec
On 25 September 1983, 38 IRA members broke out of the Maze Prison, a high-security facility that billed itself as one of the most escape-proof prisons in the world. While 19 escapees were recaptured within days, others remained at large for years, and to this day the whereabouts of two escapees remain a mystery. On 12 October 1984 the IRA set off a bomb in the Grand Brighton Hotel where the Conservative Party--including Prime Minister Thatcher--was holding their conference.

Like the DeLorean fact
The structure of trilogies must have some appeal for McKinty, not just because he has previous form. From the outside you can see that it could be quite a challenge to build a character's life and explore events in a proscribed number of books. And then it's over. For this reader it's a very bitter sweet experience. Especially when, from book number one, this series cemented itself as a big part of January's expectations.

Part of the appeal is obviously the central character Sean Duffy. An outsid
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book in the series so far. I listened to the audio and the narrator has really grown on me. He does a brilliant job, especially with the humor. I don't think I've ever laughed this much while listening to a book. As always his descriptions of Ireland during the troubles is amazing, but this time he takes it even further, by describing how it feels like when in a bombed building. The locked room case was very intriguing, and I loved the ending of the book. So if you enjoy pol ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book in the Sean Duffy series so far. Sean is a walking liability, but I have grown quite fond of him. The story was fast-paced and well plotted and the writing engaging. The best part of this series, however, is McKinty's ability to make his characters seem very real and the setting of Northern Ireland in the 80s fascinating and shocking at once. Recommended!

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Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this third book in the series Sean Duffy has been demoted despite solving his last case in spectactular fashion but embarrassing the powers that be by putting some FBI noses out of joint. The book opens with a mass jail outbreak of 38 IRA prisoners and Sean being called into work in full riot gear to set up police road breaks. Eventually half the escapees would be rounded up, with the rest managing to escape over the border to regroup and plan new attacks on the British forces in Northern Ire ...more
John Bohnert
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adrian McKinty sure knows how to write crime fiction that keeps me reading for hours.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is McKinty’s 3rd offering in the crime series featuring Sean Duffy, and it is the best one yet. Of note, narrator Gerald Doyle is excellent in transporting the listener to Ireland during the time of The Troubles. Duffy is called in by MI5 to help find Dermot McCann who has escaped from the notorious Maze prison along with scores of other IRA members. Sean and Duffy were childhood friends and Sean knows the family.

Duffy’s former mother-in-law is still seething that the police have not solved
Roger Brunyate
So Much He Gets Right

Although Adrian McKinty emigrated to the USA after graduating from Oxford, and now lives in Australia, he has never forgotten his Northern Ireland roots. He was born in Belfast (as I was), and grew up in Carrickfergus (the town directly across Belfast Lough from my own home, Bangor), where much of this novel is set. As his protagonist, Detective Inspector Sean Duffy, travels all over the province, McKinty is utterly precise, down to road numbers and small details; you could
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 80s hipsters, Irish cops, Leonard Cohen fans
Like McKinty's other books, In the Morning I'll Be Gone is set in Ireland in the 1980s. The book is full of pop culture references to remind us of the era: Sean Duffy, between smoking weed and playing games on his Atari 5200 and trying to type up police reports on his brand new Macintosh computer, listens to Robert Plant, sneers at Spandau Ballet, and in the climax, spends a moment sharing a listen to Leonard Cohen on his Walkman with the IRA terrorist who's about to kill him.

Aside from all the
In the final installment of this very excellent trilogy Sean Duffy is grassed up by a fellow officer and finds himself pensioned off from the force. When an explosives expert for the IRA manages to break out of the Maze, Duffy is wooed by M15. Duffy and Dermot McCann share a history and M15 are desperate to find McCann. None of McCann's family or friends are willing to talk except for one, and the information will come with a price, it involves a Cold Case and Duffy has to solve the murder in a ...more
Robert Intriago
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, crime-noir
The third in the Sean Duffy trilogy. This is a misnomer. There is a fourth one coming in 2015. This one is not your typical Irish Noir, it is more of a police procedural. There is very little violence other than at the end of the book, unlike previous ones. Like the past McKinty books it is a great read and keeps your attention throughout the book. Duffy is kicked out of the RUC and he is recruited by MI5 to find an IRA bomb maker that has escaped from Maze prison. While doing this he is asked t ...more
Charlene Intriago
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2014
I love this series. I guess you can call it a series instead of a trilogy since a fourth book is in the works. Adrian McKinty's story of Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in a Protestant world, set within the Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1983, is fast paced and hard to put down. This time Duffy is back on the beat helping MI5 find an escapee from the Maze prison - a prisoner MI5 knows will be up to no good first chance he gets.
Daniel Sevitt
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
Third time has all the charm for me with this excellent entry in the Sean Duffy series. Our hero crosses paths with real characters from recent history and gets plausibly involved in real news events which I remember happening. Within this framework, there is a wholly believable locked room mystery which namechecks the best locked-room stories in literature and gets resolved with real policework and deduction. Thoroughly satisfying, leaving me properly excited about the rest of the series.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, noir, fiction
Sean Duffy finds himself reinstated as a detective in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) when he agrees to help MI5 locate an escaped IRA bomb maker named Dermot McCann. Sean's previous cases have given him a reputation for getting things done, and in this case there is a personal link. Dermot and Sean were schoolmates and friends until the week after Bloody Sunday when Sean approached Dermot, then an IRA recruiter, about joining the IRA and Dermot sent him packing back to university.

Sean agree
Dana Stabenow
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my 2014 favorite reads.

The third in McKinty's trilogy featuring peeler (aka Royal Ulster Constabulary police detective) Sean Duffy in Northern Ireland in the early '80s, a fraught and dangerous time of Maze hunger strikes and IRA bombings and then, of course, the murder cases Sean must work and solve. None of them ends very satisfyingly for him but this is a three-book flash photo of the time that you will not be able to forget, with walk-ons by historical figures like Gerry Adams, Ian Pa
This was a fast read, and I appreciate that McKinty doesn't fill his books up with irrelevant trivia. Sean Duffy continues to be a bad boy though a bit subdued in the third volume of the trilogy. I liked the change of scenery - around Derry, the Donegal border, Rathlin Island appears, and Duffy even goes to England. Duffy, as always, gets himself in and out of deadly situations. I wish there were more books to come because McKinty has created a fascinating character in Sean Duffy with a compelli ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being force into retirement from the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary). Sean Duffy is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann. A IRA master bomber who has escape from the Maze Prison. Dermot is also an old school friend of Duffy's and Sean uses this as an advantage to hunt him down.
Before getting information on McCann's whereabouts, Sean is asked to help with a cold case. A woman who wants justice for her daughter who died in the family owned pub from mysterious circumstances
I wish this were not a trilogy. This is the third (and presumably the last) of McKinty’s “Troubles” trilogy. Disgraced and thrown off the police force after having been reduced in rank after his dissing of the FBI in the second volume, Sean is sought out by Special Branch to help locate Dermot McCann, an old acquaintance and IRA terrorist, who had escaped from jail. They fear he is about to embark on a new bombing campaign. They hope his knowledge of the area and McCann’s friends, not to mention ...more
Susan Johnson
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in a trilogy about Sean Duffy, a Catholic policeman, in Northern Ireland during The Troubles in the early 1980's. I have not read the first two and felt it worked well as a stand alone although I do plan to go back and read the first two.
The book opens with Duffy's forced retirement from the police force under a trumped up charge. Then there's a breakout from a maximum security prison and IRA members on the loose. Politicians are anxious to find them and reach out to Duffy
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What initially was billed as a trilogy and finishing with In The Morning I'll be Gone has I'm happy to report been wonderfully undermined by news that a fourth book is due out early in 2015 - Sixteen Shells from a Thirty Ought Six.
So instead of bemoaning the passing of this modern detective hero Sean Duffy the story goes on. I can only reflect on this well drawn character who has few friends and many who mistrust him as a Catholic taking the side of Britain in the RUC. In this latest episode we
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, favourites
Woke up at 5:00am to finish this book and it is a cracking good read. Just what I needed, a bit of escapism after an exhausting week. But that sounds condescending because this book is really good. Well written, at times very eloquent and beautiful, and reinforces the convinction I had after reading the first in the Sean Duffy series that Adrian McKinty is a very fine writer. The second book, I felt, wasn't up to the standard of the first, but this, the third in the series about a catholic cop i ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. The history is keeping me in this series and I can't believe I just admitted that! I'm not usually interested. Oh, and the main character calls people "Me old china plate," which is always a favorite.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like Sean Duffy. The story develops slowly but is incredibly well told.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for a crime novel? I am rarely moved, almost to the point of obliteration by a crime book. I had been worried about proceeding with the series as it had seemed that cannabis was going to totally change what I learned to admire about DI Sean Duffy. Small change, not a big stumbling block after all.
To describe the plot could spoil the book, so I won't. When last we left him he was fitted up for a driving mishap he was not guilty of and forced into early retirement. Yes, that gave him t
Mike Gabor
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A spectacular escape and a man-hunt that could change the future of a nation - and lay one man's past to rest. Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it. Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their pa ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
In The Morning I'll Be Gone is the third in the Sean Duffy trilogy, and having really enjoyed the first two in the series, I was really looking forward to reading this one-and I wasn't disappointed!

Picking up where the second novel left off, Duffy is soon in the thick of the action again, employed by M15 to track down a former schoolfriend, while in turn becoming embroiled in trying to solve a 'locked room' mystery.

Once again, there is action aplenty, this time mostly away from the long sufferi
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Sean Duffy is the proverbial outsider: a Catholic cop in a protestant force, and a traitor/peeler to his boyhood IRA friends. After being demoted to foot patrol from detective for pissing off the hierarchy in the prior novel, Duffy is framed for a deadly hit and run, where he was only a passenger. He is forced to resign from the police force to save his pension. After moping around, he is rescued by MI5 to help track down a prison escapee IRA bomber, Dermot McCann, who has been given additional ...more
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Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 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 on, in Denver, Colorado, where he taught high school Eng ...more

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