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Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Detective Sean Duffy Series, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 Ned Kelly Award

Another thrilling mystery featuring Detective Sean Duffy and his most dangerous investigation yet.

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.

Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

©2017 Adrian McKinty (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Gerard Doyle has provided the voice of Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy since the first audiobook of the series. Returning for Book 6, he's more in tune with Duffy's complexity than ever before.... McKinty's blend of dark drama with perfectly timed humor and intensely plotted action is performed by Doyle as though he's intimately familiar with Duffy's mind, heart, and body. Listeners comprehend the vastness of Duffy's emotion without a caricatured delivery. Doyle delivers another winning narration." ( AudioFile)

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Another cracking instalment.

I listen to this series because I love the characters. Indefatigable Sean Duffy, stoic Crabbie McCrabbin and quietly clever Lawson are a great team and well worth time spent. The stories are removed enough to be intriguing but not so much that they are un relatable.

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The best Duffy novel

This is the stand out of the Duffy series. Gerard Doyle is fantastic and the story is as good as it gets. McKinty captures the Belfast of the time so beautifully it makes me want to visit immediately and never set foot in the place in equal measure.

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  • Tracey
  • Toowong, Australia
  • 03-10-2019

Sean Duffy is up there with the best of the best

I have just devoured all 6 of the Duffy Series and loved every one of them. I am a WASP, born circa early '70's, so I learned so much about the factions and the political troubles from an insider's perspective that I had no idea about. Not only that, Sean Duffy is an intellectual man who is in touch with his feelings. Such an interesting perspective. I loved all of them and can't wait for the next Sean Duffy book. Sean Duffy is up there with all the great detectives, although he would refute the praise himself, he's pretty bloody marvellous. Can't wait for the next in the series. But only if Gerard Doyle narrates. He IS Sean Duffy.

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  • 6catz
  • 10-03-2017

Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

The sight of a new McKinty book on Audible, especially a new entry in the Sean Duffy series, is enough to send me over the moon, like a kid on Xmas morning. "Police at the Station" doesn't disappoint, on the contrary - for me It's the equivalent of a gourmet meal. No one writes more fully developed, wonderfully flawed and believable characters, terrific dialogue and twisty plots like McKinty. Can't rave enough about this series. Every now and then I start from the beginning and read them all, just to savor the language, the humor, the humanity, and I always find more to love on the second or third reading. Adrian McKinty is a master, and the brilliant dryly witty reading of Gerard Doyle is the perfect, the only voice for the literate, streetwise, snarky Sean Duffy. Hope this series never ends.

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  • David Shear
  • 10-03-2017

In Love

I love Sean Duffy, I was really looking forward to the release of this book, and he did not disappoint. The standout for me with this book over the others was how funny Duffy was. There were always a couple of chuckles previously, but I laughed out loud several times in during this story.
Duffy's character continues to grow and the characters around him have become deeper and more interesting.
The crime he was solving in this one had great twists without becoming muddled.
The narration is perfect. The accent is thick, and sounds authentic to me (not that I'm an expert), while I never have trouble understand what Doyle is saying. That's a rare balance of perfection.
I highly recommend this book. It would stand alone, but you will enjoy it more if you've listened to the entire series.

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  • Ted
  • 05-06-2017

Dark, Gritty, Potent, Masterpiece!


"A paranoid is a man who knows a little about what is going on." - Anon, Quoted from 'Police At The Station and they Don't Look Friendly'.

My eyes are moist.
Gerard Doyle reads
The end credits.

No, don't end it.
Want more Sean Duffy
More 80s Ulster

More Crabbie McCrabben

But Adrian McKinty
Promised just 3 books
And this is his 6th
Sean Doyle.

There is no stronger
Mystery writer.
Few as good
NONE better.

'Police At The
Station and they
Don't Look Friendly':
It's the proof.

BUT... BUT...
This is a historical
Epic that starts with
'The Cold Cold Ground'.

Start there and
End here?

End?

Gerald Doyle,
BTW
Reads good
As anyone.

This book
This series
Is among
All-time

VERY best.

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  • Meg
  • 22-03-2017

Another great book

I love this series and I really enjoy the Sean Duffy character. It's rare to find an author that is willing to thoroughly commit to, and continuously develop, a character in new and unique ways. McKinty excels at setting the scene and expertly building a story while also maintaining a steady and engaging pace. Typically these types of series get boring and predictable, but I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the first one in the series.
I can't say enough good things about Gerard Doyle's narration. He perfectly captures the characters and is consistently amazing at his job.
I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Edgar
  • 09-03-2017

Excellent

This book maintains, and perhaps exceeds, the standard set in the previous Sean Duffy novels. As always, the narration by Gerard Doyle is outstanding. I highly recommend this book to mystery/crime readers who value character and conversation as much as plot and action.

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  • T. Ernst
  • 13-03-2017

Outstanding

Best of all the Duffy books. Narrator is top notch! Most enjoyable book I listened to in a long time.

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  • Calliope
  • 16-11-2017

Another great installment

So far this series is still holding strong -- this installment is a great book in a terrific series. I'm not a big fan of Sean's girlfriend (and mother of his daughter), but I am a big fan of Sean, so the parts of the book that involve his family life are still pretty good. I like the progression of the characters as they age and change, like real people and not catalogue models who are always the same. That's one of the strengths of Adrian McKinty's novels - characters who are real, with strengths and weaknesses, quirks and foibles, and passions and aversions.

Gerard Doyle, as always, is a perfect match for this series.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 22-06-2017

Absolutely brilliant! His best yet.

It's been quite a while sense I listened to a Sean Duffy novel. Let me say none of them needs to be read in order. On the contrary, if this is your first look at the series, I recommend starting here. The humor, Irish culture, gritty police work, and above all, Sean Duffy himself will leave you panting for more.

A note about Gerard Doyle's narration. It can come across as rather droll, which happens to be a perfect fit for Duffy's character. In earlier books, I didn't enjoy Doyle near as much. I am wondering if was the lower quality of audio that was the standard at Audible until recently. But today it is clear that Doyle is the perfect voice for McKinty's works.

I loved everything about this book!

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  • William Michael Dunn
  • 22-03-2017

Duffy is worthy of BBC , public tv production

Five stars is small praise for Duffy. The writing as usual is beyond first rate. The characters are real to the point of feeling for them as if you were related to them and the narrative is excellent. The story is bold and exciting and keeps one wondering what could possibly be coming next. A great and fulfilling read/listen. Don't miss it. Mike Dunn

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  • susan
  • 14-03-2017

Excellent book, excellent narration!

I loved this book...fast paced, well constructed and this guy can REALLY write! His character development is exceptional and his plot line is never dull. Gerard Doyle brings it to life. I am already waiting for his next book!

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  • andy
  • 27-05-2017

Brilliant narration

Have listened to all the Sean Duffy novels, the story's are good but the narration is absolutely spot on, make the story

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  • GORDON
  • 28-03-2017

Excellent

Another excellent chapter in the Sean Duffy series. I love the way the story unfolds at a leisurely pace, the way it hangs together, the colour brought by the supporting characters and the perfect narration. I really enjoyed this - and the others in this series. Highly recommended.

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  • Ms
  • 16-03-2017

Superb storytelling

The Sean Duffy series is a banquet of treats. The narratives are fast, politically and personally. The writing is wry, deadpan and Gerard Doyle's delivery makes this the most satisfying of all my audiobooks.

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  • Sandie
  • 09-11-2019

Outstanding

Yet again McKinty has sustained the brilliance of the earlier novels in the Sean Duffy series. The plot is, as ever, full of suspense and intrigue. The historical background of the troubles in 1980s Belfast provides a fascinating setting and the details of everyday life at the time including references to popular culture ground the dramatic events in reality. The sardonic humour contrasts wonderfully with the atmospheric description. Gerard Doyle’s narration is perfect.

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  • Auld Mack
  • 21-10-2019

Another great storyline

Another great story well written and told with the usual aplomb by the narrator a great listen the mental pictures derived from the narrator

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  • Guizzy
  • 26-09-2019

best duffy yet

after a shaky start this story really took off. it just about have everything...even a soft side to Crabbe!

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  • Adrian Marsh
  • 05-01-2019

Up to usual standard

A thoroughly enjoyable read - I really do enjoy his books - great characters and excellent pros

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  • Mike
  • 21-08-2017

Duffy back to his best

I was disappointed with the last Duffy book but here he returns to his old self.