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Rain Dogs (Detective Sean Duffy #5)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,327 Ratings  ·  338 Reviews
It’s just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy: riot duty, heartbreak, cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked-room mysteries in one career?
When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case f
Paperback, 315 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Seventh Street Books (first published December 24th 2015)
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Martin If this is your first book, I'd recommend you read them all. Very entertaining and a little 'faction' in that you learn a little about the troubles…moreIf this is your first book, I'd recommend you read them all. Very entertaining and a little 'faction' in that you learn a little about the troubles and demographics as well. Your observations are real and once you get a little further into the books you'll note that Duffy doesn't mind the drugs and / or short term relationships either! It's all part of the plot but also makes the story more credible with these real life attributes. My advice - keep an open mind, leave your inhibitions behind and enjoy the ride!(less)

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Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
DI Sean Duffy once again faces a murder mystery with a puzzle attached when a body is found in the early morning sprawled on the grounds of an eighth century castle, Carrickfergus before the doors are opened to the public. With several CCTV cameras, along with a heavy cast-iron portcullis weighing two and half tons which is lowered every night, the question arises as to how the murderer escaped. DI Duffy will leave no stone unturned until he discovers the reason for the victim’s demise, and arre ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and can't believe that each book keeps on getting better. The author, Adrian McKinty is really hitting his stride now writing this series, with a character that he knows inside out and lovely, witty prose that flows from his pen.

In many ways, nothing much has changed for Sean Duffy. It's 1987 in the thick of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Sean is back in the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), still living in Carrickfergus, the only Catholic in a Protestant street, eating poor
Susan Johnson
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can say hand down this is my favorite Sean Duffy novel. It had everything in it that you could possibly want it in a good mystery. First of all, the murder takes place in a Castle, no less. The Duffy novels are set in Carrickfergus that's not far from Belfast, Ireland. Carrickfergus has a Castle and it was there a young woman reporter was found dead at the foot of a high wall. Was it murder or suicide?

The murder is tied into a visit of Finnish business people looking for a place to set up a
Update Apr. 27, 2017: This just won an Edgar Award tonight in NYC. Well deserved!

This is the 5th of a series featuring DI Sean Duffy, the token Catholic in Carrickfergus RUC during "the troubles" in Northern Ireland.
It's 1987 & police are dealing with the usual street riots & general IRA chaos. On the home front, Sean's girlfriend Beth has left for uni, making it clear their relationship is over. He's busy wallowing when he gets an early morning phone call.
It all begins with a stolen wa
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
A excellent read!

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This is my first taste of an Adrian McKinty novel and I am hooked! It doesn’t matter that I haven’t read any of the earlier books in this series – I was able to understand relationships, characters and their backgrounds, settings…and the overall story arch.

I really enjoy a character based crime fiction narrative and this one was perfect - protagonists that are solid, decent, quirky people, with interesting lives, living in dangerous times. How much better could this book
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
I think this series is getting better and better. 4.5 stars. CID Detective Inspector Sean Duffy is a wonderful character, flawed in many ways (drinking, smoking hash/weed, unlucky in relationships), but uncompromising in his principles and supportive of his fellow peelers. An attractive female reporter is found dead in a locked tourist attraction (Carrickfergus Castle), either an apparent suicide or a murder victim of the elderly male caretaker. She was there covering a Finnish company's due dil ...more
Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
Northern Ireland, the year is 1987, among the trouble in Ulster where police is routinely under the threat of car bombing, Inspector Duffy is called to investigate the petty theft of a wallet from a Finnish businessman hotel room.
Soon after this incident, a young journalist, who was reporting on the Finn delegation visit, is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle. It looks like a suicide, until Duffy discovers that she was secretly working on a story about an international paedophi
David Menon
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adrian McKinty
The Detective Sean Duffy series by Adrian McKinty is so original that it's hard to know where to start reviewing this superb example. Book number five finds our hero with a seemingly unfathomable case of a London journalist found dead within the confines of Carrickfergus Castle in Northern Ireland. But how did she get there? Her estimated time of death means that she must've been inside the castle at a time when it was locked shut. Was someone in there with her? Was it a case of th
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
All my favorite elements!

A clever murder mystery, a flawed but likable protagonist, fleshed out supporting characters with complex relationships to one another, strong women, and read by Gerard Doyle with his charming Irish inflections. I'm going to have to read some more Detective Sean Duffy stories.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
5/5; 5 stars; A+

This was a lucky find at the library. What an excellent crime drama! The narrator, Gerard Doyle, was new to me but I thought he did a great job.

I have never read anything by this author before but now will definitely got back to the beginning of the Sean Duffy series.
Set in Northern Ireland, during the worst years of the 'Troubles', this book is dark and interesting and kept me glued to my mp3 player from start to finish. McKinty does a fantastic job of creating the scene. I fe
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
No-one should complain; its official the Sean Duffy triology is at least a 5 book series with the release of Rain Dogs. With the release of information it is perhaps an author's duty to reflect in fiction some of those deadful events we now know are true and Adrian McKinty has a ready made series into which he can set such a story. What is more it is a locked-room mystery and who doesn't enjoy a seemingly impossible whodunit?
Already a fan this was a book I couldn't put off reading although I hav
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
So thoroughly enjoyed, Rain Dogs, the lastest in Adrian McKinty's Sean McDuffy "trilogy."

On the plot, etc.: I've enjoyed a good locked room mystery. I definitely want to visit Carrickfergus Castle whenever I finally make it to the area. I have to say I picked up on what I thought was a rather obvious clue quite a bit sooner than our boy Detective Inspector Sean McDuffy. I'm glad they didn't overplay the German Nazi connection in one of the characters pasts, as I found those elements tiresome in
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if you suspected that an ostensible suicide was really a murder, but one of the “locked room” variety and it might have been cleverly designed in a way so that you, as a detective inspector who had already solved a different locked room puzzle, would never considered the new murder as a locked room riddle because the real world likelihood of being faced with two such enigmas was completely improbable. |

And yet, according to Bayes’ Theorem which describes “the probability of an event, based
The fifth novel in the very excellent Sean Duffy series. This novel offers all that I've come to look for in these convoluted police procedural/murder mystery themed novels.

It's the lead character Sean Duffy and the settings and times depicted that keep me coming back for more. This novel involves the apparent suicide of a young woman journalist in very unusual circumstances. It's up to Sean Duffy and his team to find the answers. This novel has more of an international flavor as the search for
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I kept thinking I had read this book -- experiencing deja-vu over and over again. But I know I hadn't. In spite of that, this was another very good McKinty book. I loved that Duffy was in fewer physically perilous situations (aside from the tilt-bomb under his car, and the general, daily peril of life and police work in the time of The Troubles), and was not left at death's door at any point in the story, and actually ended up with: the girl, the perpetrator (though not directly), and a bit of h ...more
This was a solid 4.5 stars. Duffy is as incorrigible as ever, drinking too much and butting heads with higher ups and really dangerous sorts. This begins with a kind of locked room mystery, but as Duffy has already dealt with one locked mystery case in his career, the chances of a second are almost impossible. This convinces him that this case was designed as a locked mystery that he was certain to investigate as it occurs in Carrickfergus Castle, right on his turf. In other words, he knows it's ...more
Joe Stamber
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another riot of a tale featuring Detective Sean Duffy. This time the centrepiece is the apparent suicide of an English reporter tangled up with a delegation from Finland, an ex-cop turned private security, a young offender's institution and even Jimmy Saville. Of course, it's all far more complicated than it seems, and Duffy sets out to untangle things with the help of his brilliant supporting cast. McKinty tells the story with the perfect blend of black humour and grit, writing with an easy sty ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read out of order, but much enjoyed. I hope Mr. McKinty will hurry it up and write the next one. This has be one a favorite series; locked rooms, 80s music, mercury tilt bombs, vodka gimlets and all.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fifth Sean Duffy novel is aces. Sean Duffy is a CID inspector in the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland in 1987. A Catholic in an overwhelmingly Protestant Force (a "Fenian," some call him), Duffy is a very good cop with a tough, smart way about him, and a tendency to follow his cases where they take him, regardless of opposition. He works for people who value resolution; he values justice. The fifth book in the series (hope for more) takes place in 1987 in a place ...more
Gun Street Girl was my favorite Sean Duffy book (#4 in the series) so naturally I was interested to see how the next installment held up, and, true to form, Rain Dogs is a great follow-up (or listen, thanks to Gerard Doyle).

Rain Dogs is the perfect, though more complex take on the popular locked-room mystery sub crime genre. A female reporter is found dead of a supposed suicide in the courtyard of Carrickfergus Castle, having jumped from atop the castle. However, once Duffy, Lawson, and Crabby i
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Adrian McKinty gives DI Sean Duffy another 'locked room' mystery to solve in his fifth Irish police procedural novel, Rain Dogs.

"No note, a missing notebook, a shoe on the wrong foot."

When the shattered body of an English journalist is found in the locked grounds of Carrickfergus Castle, it is assumed the young woman committed suicide but something is not quite right and Duffy can't leave it alone.

With the patient assistance of Lawson and McCrabban the Irish detective unravels a shocking conspi
John Barrett
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, Sean Duffy is one of the great characters in Crime Fiction today. Right above Rebus in my opinion.
So many police detectives in Crime Fiction are troubled and flawed characters. This combined with the subject matter can often lead to a gloomy read. This is not the case with Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy.
Rain Dogs is Duffy's fifth outing and yet again I read through this book very quickly. Its a great story, with great characters, great dialogue and wit. It is one of those book
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Another good one in Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy, Northern Ireland "troubles" series. I expected to like this grim but not without (dark) humor series & indeed I have! All good.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Again a great read, I can hardly wait for the next one!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A "locked-room" mystery is always entertaining, but one featuring DI Sean Duffy of the RUC? Priceless! Adrian McKinty is firing on all cylinders in this 5th installation in the series, set in the late 1980's in Northern Ireland, during the "troubles."

The death (apparent suicide) of a UK reporter appears to baffle everyone-- must have been a suicide, right? No, something just isn't right, but the only possible suspect also just seems wrong for the crime. Hmmm. A locked-room murder indeed! Well, r
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my fifth Sean Duffy book and I always finish wanting more. This was supposed to be a trilogy and I'm so glad it's continued. First the background.

Duffy is an Irish Catholic policeman in Northern Ireland during the 1980s. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Irish history in the last century will know that is during "The Troubles" and might guess that this makes Duffy a bit unique right from the start. He's smart, clever, and doesn't let a question go unanswered. He's also got enough
Okay, I'm convinced. Totally taken in by this series featuring and Catholic policeman in Protestant Northern Ireland. And a big fan of narrator Gerard Doyle who adds so much to the book with his impeccable characterizations, accents, and capturing of the grim tone. I'll need to go back and read the first 3 (I did write about the 4th). This time the beleaguered DI Sean Duffy provides security for a visit by Mohammed Ali but then fancies a young Financial Times reporter--only to be called in to in ...more
Terri Wino
I won an ARC of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Thank you to both.
Let me first say that years ago I read Adrian McKinty's Michael Forsythe trilogy and thought it was fantastic. I wasn't quite as impressed with this story. However, I believe a large part of that is due to the fact that I hadn't realized this was (I believe) the fifth book in an ongoing series. There were some references to past cases that were lost on me. While I did like the mystery in this
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fifth outing of Detective Inspector Sean Duffy.

Duffy's personal life is yet again on the downspin, as Beth, the girl who's recently moved in with him, is very decisively moving out. Duffy, who can be morose at the best of times, isn't taking this too well. Although I won't say that he doesn't have time to worry about that, because, being Duffy, he manages to find some, most of it is quickly taken up with two cases--an irritating theft in a local hotel, which unfortunately involves some badly ne
John Machata
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
McKinty's Sean Duffy is my favorite fictional detective. Smart, persistent, erudite, witty, kind. Rain Dogs a very satisfying read. Sentences often lyrical. Characters rich. Plot plausible.
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