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Rain Dogs

(Detective Sean Duffy #5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,143 ratings  ·  412 reviews
Rain Dogs, a stunning installment in the Sean Duffy thriller series, following the Edgar Award-nominated Gun Street Girl, is "another standout in a superior series" (Booklist).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?

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Published March 8th 2016 by Blackstone Audiobooks (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  ·  review of another edition
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
James Thane
Adrian McKinty's series featuring Belfast detective Sean Duffy just keeps getting better and better with each entry. This is the fifth in the series and it opens when a young woman named Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus Castle. Bigelow was a newbie journalist accompanying a group of Finnish businessmen on a visit to Northern Ireland. She entered the castle with a tour group late one afternoon and the next morning was found by the castle's caretaker at the base of a to ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*s Totally enjoyed this.Very good on audio due to wonderful narration of, Gerard Doyle.Read the excellent reviews written by James Thane and Joyce.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I've been binging this series and the next book it the last one, I'll be bereft! That said, Rain Dogs was another great addition to the series and I'm always curious to see what will happen next. Sean is such a memorable character, and I really like that he evolves as the years and books go by.

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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is McKinty’s 5th offering in the Detective Sean Duffy series set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Troubles. Sean is incredulous when asked to investigate a missing billfold for a Finnish investor. It’s not really worthy of a homicide detective, is it? While there, he meets Lily Bigelow, a pretty new journalist. The next time he sees her, she is lying dead in the courtyard of an eighth century castle in Carrickfergus. She apparently committed suicide by leaping off the high wall. B ...more
Daniel Sevitt
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
About as entertaining a read as it's possible to imagine, five books into a series. I'm down with the callbacks. I'm there for the vinyl snobbery. I'm on board with the self-conscious shout-outs to great crime writers of the past. I know McKinty has promised another trilogy of Sean Duffy books, but right now I have only one more left on my shelf and I'm going to have to save it for when I'm feeling low.
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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Set during Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' in 1987 with car bombs and riots. It is a work of fiction but is based on real historical events. A locked-room mystery kept me guessing throughout. Loved the humor of Sean Duffy and his sidekicks, Crabby and Lawson. I was glad to see that Duffy is finally in a relationship that has a future. This is the 5th book in the series and each book gets better and better. I'm looking forward to reading the 6th book and highly recommend this series to those who lo ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Book 4 of this series will probably hold the blue ribbon from my reading enjoyment, but I do plan to read the next book fairly soon. This book five was certainly not boring, but it did not hold the heightened tension of book 4. That said...This is a Sean Duffy murder investigation that brings in international cooperation and or interference including a visit to Finland for Sean and his two comrades, Lawson and McCrabban. There is also a girlfriend thrown in. Sean is growing a tad old
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, suspense, audio
I am normally quite bad at sticking with any series that includes more than three books, obvious exceptions being Harry Potter and Outlander.

Although this was not my favorite installment, I think I will finish the Sean Duffy series, for the below reasons:
1. I love the humor - every book has me laughing out loud a few times.
2. The setting - I have never read any other books set in Belfast in the Troubles.
3. The narrator - I listen to this on audio, and Gerard Doyle has a beautiful voice, and doe
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-audio
This was another thrilling story in the Sean Duffy series. I liked the was that Adrian McKinty made jokes about stereotype coppers in novels and the statistical unlikelihood of a copper having to solve two locked room mysteries in his career. I also liked the way he commemorated the late Ed McBain by naming a character after him. This was full of the twists and turns you've come to expect from this series and it didn't disappoint.
Joe Stamber
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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Detective Sean Duffy (6 books)
  • The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy, #1)
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street (Detective Sean Duffy #2)
  • In the Morning I'll be Gone (Sean Duffy #3)
  • Gun Street Girl (Detective Sean Duffy, #4)
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