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  • Gun Street Girl

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 4
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Gun Street Girl

By: Adrian McKinty
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
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Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister's daughter died of a heroin overdose, which may or may not have something to do with Kelly's subsequent death.

New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he's getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation.

Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove to be his undoing.

©2015 Adrian McKinty (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Audie Award (Best Mystery) and the 2016 Edgar Award (Best Pbk Original)

"When it comes to Northern Irish crime fiction, Adrian McKinty forged the path the rest of us follow. The Sean Duffy series is the culmination of a career spent examining our darkest moments, and McKinty is the only crime writer who can do justice to our singular history." (Stuart Neville, author of The Final Silence)

"Series fans will appreciate the further insight into the fallout from tragic cases, department politics, and war. As usual, there's plenty of entertaining territorial battling between the dizzying array of law-enforcement agencies acting in Belfast, and Duffy's investigative skills seem somehow sharpened by his lost hope." (Booklist)

"Gerard Doyle gives a stunning narration of the fourth installment of McKinty's Detective Sean Duffy series.... From the subtle changes in dialect to McKinty's distinct writing cadence and dark humor, Doyle hones in on the details that make this procedural a joy to listen to." (AudioFile)

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Another gripping Duffy instalment

McKinty has maintained the high standards of story, character and setting that he set in the previous three Duffy novels. The historical setting of the troubles is handled beautifully and the reader is immersed in the northern Ireland of the '80's as the story itself is intrinsically enmeshed in the political and social order of place and time. Duffy is a little older and a little wiser as he navigates being a catholic Detective Inspector in the predominantly protestant RUC CID and he remains reflective, self-aware and with an ethical compass that is perhaps more utilitarian than it is traditionally catholic.

Once again, Gerard Doyle does a magnificent job as the narrator. He really is faultless.

All in all, this was another terrific novel and I sincerely hope that we haven't seen the last of DI Sean Duffy.

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Gritty story

With the occasional humour. I'm loving this series. The narrator is brilliant. I'm there in the mess that was Northern Ireland. Fantastic descriptions and great detail make this one of the best crime fiction I've come across in a while.

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My new favourite author

I am addicted. Great character, intense plots.
Why did it take me so long to find this author?

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An excellent read

I particularly like the Irish humour, the narrative and the sound of the Irish voices

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Another excellent audible written by Adrian McKinty.

The Narrator, Gerard Doyle, with his wonderful Irish Accent will take you on another thrilling ride, exposing
the high pressured life of the Irish Police during the troubled times in Belfast during the mid 1980’s. A fast paced thriller with lots of music references, booze, twists and turns. I loved every minute of this third Shaun Duffy Detective series.

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Loving Sean Duffy and Gerard Doyle

The combination of character and narrator is a winner. Sean Duffy is such a compelling character, and the backdrop of the Troubles is fascinating. Great book

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A Great Read / Listen

The top quality narration from G Doyle brings Shaun Duffy and his colleagues to life flaws and all. Wonderfully dry humour , wit and observance of the antics of our fellow humans, the Irish Civil War and partisan politics . The plot unfolds during the Thatcher years and while I knew a lot about that I knew comparatively little about the realities of daily life in Ireland during the troubles . This is the third S Duffy novel- I’ve loved them all and I’m off to purchase more .

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another great Sean Duffy story

loved it, enjoy narrator and the dry, wry Irish humour, but still wondering how he survives so much vodka

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Duffy tangles with the Americans again

Complex & satisfying. The Duffy novels get better & darker. Fantastic plotting, as Duffy high on cocaine & whisky seeks truth, justice & tenderness. Great narration.

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Love them all but this one is epic!

Do yourself a favour and head back to Northern Ireland during the troubles. Characters are amazing and the plots are as big as they can be! Thanks Adrian McKinty and a special mention to Gerard Doyle for superb narration.

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