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I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty

imagesI liked the first book in Adrian’s McKinty’s “Troubles Trilogy” (The Cold Cold Ground) enough to read the second book I Hear the Sirens in the Street and that second book was awesome.  I really like gloomy dark stories about Northern Ireland anyway and in the early 1980s Belfast the sun never seems to shine!  In this second book, Detective Sean Duffy is trying to solve the mystery of a torso stuffed in a suitcase along with constant last minute call outs to riot duty and of course trying to stay alive himself.  Normal people are emigrating to other places in droves, leaving the Belfast streets to be taken over by thugs of either the Catholic or Protestant persuasion.  As a Catholic living on a Protestant street (and a policeman to boot), Duffy must inspect under his car every time he gets in it for bombs.  Police management has ordered all their employees to stop wearing seat belts as more police are dying from ambushes, bombs under cars, etc than car wrecks.  Seconds count when you need to try and get away from your car and getting your seat belt off wastes too much time.  Despite all these obstacles, Duffy plugs away at his case and faces fresh hurdles from various fronts including the F.B.I. and car maker John DeLorean.  I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one-just wish the author would change his mind and not stop with a trilogy.

Stacy W.

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