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The Dead Yard

Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Michael Forsythe, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

Michael is on holiday in Spain when a soccer riot between the Paddies and the Brits escalates out of control and he winds up in a Spanish prison. Enter Samantha, a beautiful British Intelligence agent. She makes Michael an offer he can't refuse: instead of extradition to Mexico to serve time for a prison break, he can infiltrate an IRA sleeper cell in the United States. Thrust into the nightmare world of men known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge, Michael crosses and double-crosses key players, narrowly escapes his own lies, loses his only ally, and falls for the daughter of his enemy.

Don't miss these other noir thrillers in the Michael Forsythe series: Dead I Well May Be (Unabridged) and The Bloomsday Dead (Unabridged).
©2006 Adrian McKinty (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Thriller/Suspense
  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2007

"McKinty's literate, expertly crafted third crime novel...confirms his place as one of his generation's leading talents." (Publishers Weekly)

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Loved it - another great book by him

Love the accents, the storyline and excellent characters. I loved the Sean Duffy books and now these.. Only one to go - what a shame!

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  • Gerry
  • Newcastle, Australia
  • 01-01-2016

I had to keep working in the garden till the end.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead Yard to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book but the narration is so good I don't think the book could be better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead Yard?

The final scenes at the Dead Yard itself were riveting. Had to listen right to the end. Can't wait to read the third book in the series now.

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my sixth Gerard Doyle book performance.. They are all excellent and this is up with them all.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was never a dull moment.

Any additional comments?

A most enjoyable book. You have to be prepared for a bit of swearing and violence of course.

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  • K
  • 31-07-2008

Staying Cool, but not polar

I am a big fan of the first book in this series, but unfortunately, was not as much a fan of this one.

I really enjoyed the majority of this book, but my major problem was with two major turning point plot twists that made no sense and were outside the acceptable suspension of disbelief. I won't be a "spoiler", but it is a series of serious against character moments.

Yes, this flaw sets up the action for the final act of the book, but really rubbed me wrong.

I enjoyed the book on a whole, but rather than remembering how well it was written in general, how great the narration was, or anything else, I remember these "bad decisions" instead.

Anyway, as a series, it certainly moves the character along. I also found it FAR more violent and gory than the first. Much more along the lines of a NC-17 slasher flick. But, that almost made it much more real and scary.

I DO recommend this, especially if you've read the first. But, I don't recommend going in expecting "The Godfather II" out of it. You may be surprised, or you may be like me and disappointed a bit.

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  • Rebecarol
  • 24-08-2008

A more mature Michael...

I listened to this book immediately after the first, and prefer this one-- the protagonist is seven years older and has indeed matured, his motivations are clearer, the contrasts in his behavior (savage) and his intellect/sensitivity (intense) are less stark, which results in a more nuanced and intelligent novel, though still very much of a piece with the first. Although I could admire some things about Michael Forsythe in the first novel (his bravery, his poetry, his intelligence), in this novel I came to like him, the author gives him more internal conflict, more of a chance for redemption. As with the first book I found the read intense, but blood and gore don't stream through the book for shock's sake, it's not a book where the violence repulses though it certainly sounds as a constant in the novel and the protaganist's life. As with the first novel, the male characters are much more compelling and three-dimensional than the females, but...this particular world is a very ugly male world so far, so no real surpise. Nice to have two consistent, high caliber novels - I'm ready to read the third and hope for the same!

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  • Calliope
  • 21-01-2017

Michael is getting more interesting

I didn't really care that much for Michael Forsythe in the first book in this series - he didn't have much complexity or depth. It might have been deliberate, as he was younger and more recently immigrated to the US, but I wasn't sure I liked him or found him interesting. But he's developed much more in this second installment, and consequently I liked reading about him and following his story much more.

As for the plot itself.....ironically, I didn't like it as much. That might have been because parts of it were more brutal and gory than in either the first or third installment (I'm writing this after reading all three). But I am now interested and invested in this conflicted and interesting young man trying to live a secluded life but, by one means or another, always finding himself involved in things he needs to get deeper into before he can get out.

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  • Eileen
  • 09-05-2008

Where has this guy been?

A friend of mine recommended this series of books to me, and I loved every minute of them. Michael Forsythe is an interesting, captivating character. The narration is a perfect mate to these stories as it is very well done with Irish brogue and various other accents done to perfection.

I don't know why Adrian McKinty hasn't made best seller lists all over the place. I was blown away by his writing style - a thriller writer who puts his more popular contemporaries to shame (James Patterson eat your heart out!).

Start with this book and dive into the world of Michael Forsythe. Let him take you to places and thrilling situations to make you forget everything else. I know you'll quickly be getting the other two books when you're done with this one. Only a wee ijit would miss out on such fantastic storytelling.

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  • MonteGss
  • 30-11-2008

Michael Rules!

This novel is the weakest of the series but it is so entertaining still that it still merits three stars. Michael is a great character and is pretty damned funny. Narrator is fantastic!

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  • Wayne
  • 27-11-2017

Superb Adrian McKinty suspense thriller!

Author Adrian McKinty is a suspense mystery writer of rare talents. The Dead Yard, released in 2006, is the second book in his three novel Michael Forsythe series. Although located in the Boston area of the US The Dead Yard is about the Irish Republican Army (IRA) signed an agreement in 1997 with the British government to end its paramilitary actions. Some cells, like the one near Boston, intended to continue the fight. The novel begins with Forsythe, who was already protected by the FBI, being recruited while on vacation in the Canary Islands to help MI6 and the FBI by infiltrating the Boston IRA cell. Under threat of being extradited back to Mexico he agrees. The Dead Yard is an outstanding novel. Gerard Doyle narrates perfectly as usual.

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  • Fiona Milkweed
  • 27-11-2016

Great narrator, gripping but violent story.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dead Yard to be better than the print version?

I LOVE Gerard Doyle's narration. However, having read the Sean Duffy series before this (Michael Forsythe) I'm finding that there are a LOT of similarities (MI-6, attractive female operatives, etc.). That said, I was enthralled, and am getting ready to listen to the next one right now!

Any additional comments?

Graphic violence. And sex scenes best listened to with headphones and not in the kitchen with everyone walking through (my experience...)

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  • Ted
  • 06-11-2013

Brutally Written And Read

I wish McKinty would stay in Ireland. This series has Michael Forsythe here in the U.S. and while still immersed in an ersatz Irish culture its exploration is not as compelling to me as his travels around 80s Belfast in "The Troubles Trilogy" nor his exploration of different Irish subcultures in "Falling Glass". McKinty is dark... a strength of his. However this Foresythe series pours more blood into, or tortures it out of, the darkness of this series' plotting. Sometimes less is more, and frequently... as in this series, more brutality is less impactful. I'm thinking of taking a rest from Michael Forsythe after this second in the series. Perhaps after some months my spirits will have healed much like Michael Forsythe's amazingly (and a tad unbelievably) resuscitative body.

Once again, Gerard Doyle's Irish-filled mouth zapped me into a sense of powerful place.

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  • David
  • 08-04-2011

Very satisfying but not McGinty's best

If you disliked the leisurely pace at which "Dead I Well..." developed at first, you will probably be somewhat happier with the second book of the trilogy. It moves with unflagging momentum and maintains a high level of suspense and tension throughout. It is, in fact, really a straight ahead undercover thriller.

For my money, however, it lacks the brilliance of the first book. McKinty writes with the same poetic flair for description, and his plotting is nearly flawless, but the idiosyncratic wildness and unpredictability of the first book is missing here.
The book also wallows a bit in Michael's willingness to throw good sense to the winds whenever a comely lass gives him an innocent or sultry look.

Nonetheless, second rate McGinty is superior to the best most authors can muster in this genre, and I'm looking forward to the third book with confident anticipation.

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  • J. Savani
  • 24-07-2006

The Poetics of Terror

I have just finished my third Adrian McKinty Audible novel, "The Dead Yard." Both novelist and narrator are off-scale, so the combination is darkly dazzling because their speciality is the poetry of the terrible. The listener is drawn into dismaying absorbtion in the emotional and psychic drama of blood vengeance. It isn't until the last lyrical words have been uttered that one realizes how profoundly moral is this tale about the very current subject of terror as political tactic.

The protagonist Michael Forsythe is tricked by British intelligence into infiltrating a radical splinter IRA group attempting with action in America to undermine the 1990s peace process in Northern Ireland. Each member of the group represents a type of terrorist in terms of character motivation. Jerry, the leader, spouts poetic maxims in Latin, as he seeks to confer the glory of epic-style action on the tawdry actions of his little band. "Touched" is the psychopath whose twisted soul meshes so naturally and therefore so effectively with the twisting machinations of terror. Sonia the intellectual is deluded by bookish, romantic idealisms akin to those of the old Left. The two young people Jackie and Kit are animated with the corrupting romanticism of their elders and Irish forebearers: Jackie the male motivated much by the need for male solidarity; Kit the female, not even Irish by birth but by adoption, trapped by ethical complexities of identity and values too great for her quite good, but too young mind. On the other side are Michael and his handler Samantha. She like Kit is in over her head because she is not quite the consummate cold professional that she prides herself in being. And Michael, the hapless agent of British intelligence, turns into the commited avenger--an almost mythical figure bringing the justice he and the listener crave. But, oh, the cost to him!

"The Dead Yard" is a deep listen.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful