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Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly

(Detective Sean Duffy #6)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,671 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Belfast 1988: A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.
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Published March 7th 2017 by Seventh Street Books (first published January 5th 2017)
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read from this series, and I have to place it on the list of series that are absolute must reads. This is outstanding historical crime fiction set during the troubles in Belfast in 1988 under Thatcher's Britain. There is much political chicanery in the RUC and security forces, and a religiously divided city where it does not take much for riots to spark off. The IRA and the Unionists are dangerous forces, and death is their prolific calling card. 38 year old Ca ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two drug dealers both shot, one dead in his front yard, the other alive and thriving in a hospital but not talking, not a peep. These two lowlives were not gunned down with a Glock, rifle, Koch MP5, shotgun or any other type of firearm, but a mere medieval weapon; a Crossbow. Just the kind of murder case Detective Sean Duffy yearns and craves for to get his ole ticker going! It had been a boring year with no murders to contend with and Duffy was going a bit stale with his mind wandering to early ...more
James Thane
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The sixth novel in Adrian McKinty's excellent series featuring Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy of the Belfast, Northern Ireland police force is set in 1988. It begins with an ominous prologue in which three masked gunman march Duffy deep into the woods, hand him a shovel, and order him to begin digging his own grave--not exactly the moment that a fan of the series would be anxious to see.

With that setup in place, the story backs up to find Duffy on a brief visit to his parents with his
Diane S ☔
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sean Duffy, one of a few Catholics in Northern Ireland police force, he has been promoted and demoted for many years. A cross bow as a murder weapon, unusual but it is 1988 and Ireland is torn between many different factions, the IRA a dangerous thorn in the side of the police. This murder though they are not claiming responsibility.

This is the sixth in series, but the first I have read and did not feel at all lost, in fact I enjoyed this very character oriented story. Sean drinks to
Sean Duffy has spent the last 15 years as the token “fenian peeler” at the Carrickfergus RUC station. He may be hated by Catholics & Prods alike but the fact he’s still breathing has earned him a grudging respect.
It’s 1988 & the Troubles have simmered down somewhat. So Sean & colleagues Lawson and Crabbie have more time to investigate “normal” crimes. Well…maybe that’s a bit optimistic. When they’re called to a rough neighbourhood, the last thing they expect to find is a
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly is the 6th book in Adrian McKinty’s Detective Sean Duffy series but the first one I have read. (What? You’re not my Dad, you can’t tell me how to read a mystery series…I can start at the end if I want!) The Boston Globe rated it as one of the 2017’s best mysteries, so I thought what the heck, I’d check it out. And begorra, am I glad that I did. This was great!

This is a very Irish story (which would make sense that the Boston Globe newspaper
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, thriller
Late 1980s and Sean Duffy, Catholic policeman in the RUC in Belfast, is called into a murder of a drug dealer. Not unusual in these troubled times except that the weapon was a crossbow and no one has claimed responsibility. Sean's investigations lead him into all sorts of deep trouble including attempts on his life and that of his girlfriend Beth and baby daughter Emma. Now that Sean has family responsibilities he starts to question what he's doing. Internal Affairs are also sniffing around and ...more
Susan Johnson
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never thought I'd live to see the day that Sean Duffy would mellow but it's amazing what a baby can do to you. In the sixth book of this wonderful series, Duffy is now living with his girlfriend and daughter, Emma. People breaking into his house and shooting at him and his family just doesn't roll off his back the way it used to and he wants it to stop.

As the token Catholic on the police force, Duffy still answers to his own moral code and doesn't ignore crimes when warned by his
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Irish noir author McKinty won a Ned Kelly award for this 6th offering in his Detective Sean Duffy series. It is definitely the best one yet in the author’s historical crime series set in Northern Ireland during the time of the Troubles. Sean seems remarkably settled, living in Carrickfergus with his girlfriend and daughter. There haven’t been a lot of murders in 1988, so when Francis Deauville is murdered by crossbow in Protestant paramilitary territory, his Royal Ulster Constabulary team is int ...more
Alan Taylor
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago I chanced upon "Dead I Well May Be" by Adrian McKinty, a novel about a Belfast ex-pat, Michael Forsythe, becoming embroiled in New York gangland, a slice of violent noir, with wonderful dialogue, with the action punctuated with poetic, almost mystical passages. The book and the author quickly became favourites. I read the complete "Dead" trilogy and the rest of McKinty's work and, five years ago, began to follow his new trilogy set in 1980s Belfast. "The Cold, Cold Ground" intr ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The murder of a known drug dealer sets off a chain of events which ultimately leads Sean Duffy to dig his own grave. Down a rabbit warren of violence, corruption, assassination, and complicated by vigilante groups and IRA hit squads, this murder is anything but a simple gang/drug related homicide.

Much like the other books in the series, there's a healthy dose of Duffy's personal life which adds depth to the character, this time round it's the added emphasis on Duffy as a family man with live-in
The sixth offering in the Sean Duffy series and as usual a convoluted police procedural. Kudos to the author for maintaining such a high standard throughout the series overall.

In this novel we see an older and wiser Sean Duffy, he's the father of a baby girl and looking to the future but events as readers have come to expect with Duffy never run to plan.

Duffy is still stepping on toes, cynical, dogged, determined to bring the culprits to justice at any cost. He still has
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.49 average on Goodreads: I concur, 4.5 stars. Another very well written novel by Adrian McKinty, the sixth in the Sean Duffy series. Duffy is a Catholic detective in Protestant Northern Ireland during the Troubles. His career continues to languish because he is all about the job, not politics. His personal life has improved though, he lives with his girlfriend Beth and their daughter, Emma. A drug dealer is killed with a crossbow, and Duffy is being railroaded to close the investigation by his ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The last book available in the Sean Duffy series and now I feel slightly at a loss. I've spent so much time with this character and grown quite fond of him. The story was engaging and the writing clever and fresh as ever, but I read these books for the characters and they shone once again in this sixth addition to a favorite series!

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Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sean Duffy is doing it again! Great story. Great Irish background.
Sean Duffy is back. He is the father of a young girl and planning to settle down with his partner Beth. As difficult as it might be to imagine Duffy as a gentle family man, things are looking to change for him. But first there is a little case of a dead drug dealer to solve. It looks plain and simple: the guy wasn’t paying protection money, so the IRA offed him, or it was an act of vengeance from a family member of a dead drug addict. Even though the use of a crossbow as a murder weapon seems a ...more
Tom Mathews
I first encountered Detective Sean Duffy, the subject of many of globetrotting author Adrian McKinty's books, when I read The Cold Cold Ground, the first book in this excellent series. Duffy leads a precarious existence. As a policeman in Northern Ireland, he walks one of the least enviable beats on earth. As a Catholic member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) he has a standing IRA contract out on him. As McKinty points out, probably the only benefit to his position is that “If you really have to get shot, ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Duffy comes through again. He is living with his girlfriend, Beth and baby daughter, Emma on Coronation Road in Carrickfergus. Beth, from a well off Protestant family doesn't like living in this neighborhood of working class Prods. It's not exactly the center of paramilitary activity, but one of their neighbors is high up in one of the Protestant paramilitary organizations. Beth will discover later in the story that having such neighbors can be a good thing.

A drug-dealer is murdered
Keith Currie
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
God’s away on business

As smart-ass detectives go, Sean Duffy is as smart-ass as they come. Police at the station has a great opening scene: Duffy is being marched through the countryside at night time by an IRA death squad, who plan to shoot him once he has dug his own grave. This black-as-they-come mise-en-scene is wonderfully seasoned with the author’s trademark humour – a discussion of the effects of rhodopsin on night vision, quotations from Gaston Bachelard (come on!!!), debate
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the whole Duffy series but this one not quite as much as the others. It seems more forced somehow. The book starts in the middle of the story. That's a cheap trick that's just unnecessary for readers on the sixth novel in a series, and especially since the real start of the story with the goat and the crossbow and all that would have been a fantastic opening scene anyway. Also, there are all these science fiction references (Hari Seldon!) but they don't really fit with the theme or tone o ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was about to just leave a star review and not write anything, but I remembered the 5000 experience points and the eternal gratitude and I want to level up, so...
I am a McKinty fangirl ever since I accidentally read Dead I Well May Be and then continued with the whole Forsythe trilogy, then hopped on to the Sean Duffy train and been riding it with delight and happy squeaks every time I see that a new Duffy novel is out. Nothing beats the Dead Trilogy, though I have to say Rain Dogs and Gun
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We have three more Sean Duffy books to look forward to!
When you read the frightening Prologue to this sixth book you are expecting the worst will happen. Yes, there are many close calls in this book for Sean but McKinty manages to bring humour into one of the most frightening gun battles on Sean's home turf. You experience terror as the action unfolds whilst laughing out loud at McKinty's creative genius. (no spoilers)

This one takes Sean from a vacation to tend to a murder, the
Donna Davis
I listened to the audio version of this quirky, darkly funny mystery, set in Belfast. I only use audio books while I use my exercise bike. I hate exercise like grim death, and so my audio book is my incentive. My rule for myself is that it's okay to stop cycling early, but if I do, I have to stop the book also. I never quit early while I was reading this book.

The reader has a lovely Irish accent, and while I don't know accents well enough to know whether it's a Belfast accent, it certainly work
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The setting is Northern Ireland in 1988. It's still a very dangerous place. Sean Duffy is a Catholic detective in a mostly Protestant country. He's pretty non-conformist and gets in trouble more than most. A low level drug dealer is killed and his wife is kidnapped. He's like a dog with a bone. He won't let it go. Where is leads is the mystery. McKinty's writing is exceptional. His metaphors had me laughing outloud.
Robert Intriago
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-noir, 2017
I am sure glad that the author decided to extend the series beyond a trilogy. It must be difficult to decide the length of a series as some of them tend to get a bit long in the tooth. His previous series, in my opinion, was cut a little bit short and I would have liked for it to be continued. It is difficult at this time to determine whether the current series has run its course but I believe that the 6th rendition maybe his best. The story starts as a police procedural involving the murder of ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Definitely my favourite of the Duffy novels, which I follow via audiobook with great interest, given that I grew up in the same area around the time the novels are set.

Once again the geography is spot on, the violence is pretty ludicrous and the jokes are cringeworthily hilarious, but this one stands out for me due to the fact that in the murky world of the dirty war that existed in NI, the central storyline was something that could actually have happened. And how could I not love a novel that
Ron Chicaferro
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished 'Police at the station' and I'm very upset. With the book? No! It was great! I'm upset because it's the last Sean Duffy novel that was in my backlog and now I have to wait for the new one! 'Police at the station' is a fast paced and exciting story of detective inspector Sean Duffy and his hard headed approach to crime solving. This book has everything - a double murder - both victims killed by a crossbow bolt - - involvement by the IRA - Duffy stepping on everyone's toes at the p ...more
Daniel Sevitt
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
McKinty is having a blast here and I’m right there every step of the way. Duffy is so much better at all the pop culture gubbins than Rebus ever was. Duffy is educated, smart, witty, driven and hopeless. His relationship with Beth is delightfully drawn and his affection for McCrabban and young Lawson feels earned.

I’ve written before about the Ellrovian conflation of fact and fabrication — this time around we have the deaths on the Rock and the subsequent loyalist attack on the funeral — but McK
Carol Jean
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely, complex series with a likable but conflicted protagonist. A Catholic cop who lives in a Protestant enclave in Belfast, he already has enough problems (one would think) with having to check for bombs in his car every morning before he drives off. But he is an alcoholic and a drug user, can't keep a woman interested (I think it's fairly obvious why), and doesn't get along with most of his coworkers. He's extremely clever, however, and the books are intelligently plotted. Ihad a g ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Belfast 1988: A man found dead in front of his house killed from a crossbow. Duffy investigates and ends up with 3 masked gunmen forcing him to dig his own grave. Will he get out of this situation in one piece? This is the last book in the fabulous Sean Duffy series. Hopefully, McKinty will allow us to peek back into Sean’s life in the near future. If you haven’t read this series, why not? All 6 books were 5 star reads for me! Excellent writing, unique characters and interesting plots. Highly re ...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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Detective Sean Duffy (6 books)
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