Gun Street Girl
A Detective Sean Duffy Novel
Belfast, 1985, amidst the “Troubles”: Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide.
Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank 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. This 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 his undoing.
“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
“Gun Street Girl is great; I’m so glad that Adrian McKinty has given readers another novel starring Belfast cop Sean Duffy, whose earlier exploits were described in the terrific Troubles trilogy. Don’t miss any of the four….”
—NANCY PEARL, NPR commentator and bestselling author of Book Lust
“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 STARRED REVIEW
“The latest Sean Duffy mystery brings back the cop who stars in these dark, intriguing, but still somehow witty novels. His latest is a thrilling, thoroughly fantastic murder mystery with countless twists and turns that take readers to the darkest parts of Belfast and some huge cover-ups within the Irish and British governments.”
—RT BOOK REVIEWS (FOUR STARS – Compelling)
“Mixes a mordant wit and casual, unpredictable violence that vividly portrays a turbulent time…. McKinty is in full command of language, plot, and setting in a terrifying period of history that sometimes seems forgotten. Fans of gritty Northern Irish crime writers such as Stuart Neville, Declan Hughes, and Brian McGilloway will enjoy this talented author.”
—LIBRARY JOURNAL STARRED REVIEW
“A grim, gritty but ever-captivating yarn.”
“I had been saddened at the thought that this series had ended. Imagine my delight; McKinty has now written a fourth book…. Read all four. They are phenomenal.”
—THE SUN HERALD, Mississippi
Praise for previous Detective Sean Duffy novels:
“McKinty’s novels are…shot through with a smart, crackling humor that manages to be both dark and witty…. Each book is a solid standalone, but it’s even better to ride the entire trilogy roller coaster.”
“Exceptionally smart police procedurals…with [a] gritty, violent Belfast backdrop.”
—BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW
“A razor-sharp thriller set against the backdrop of a country in chaos, told with style, courage, and dark-as-night wit…. Utterly brilliant…with its own unique voice.”
—STUART NEVILLE, author of Ratlines
“A dark-humored shamus in the Phillip Marlowe tradition, [Sean Duffy] is…buoyed through the murderous chaos by his love of classical, punk, and new-wave music, the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and frothy pints of Guinness.”
—WALL STREET JOURNAL
“I Hear the Sirens in the Street blew my bloody doors off!”
—IAN RANKIN, author of the Inspector Rebus novels
“Sean Duffy is a great creation, a figure of many parts, and the place comes alive.”
—DANIEL WOODRELL, author of The Outlaw Album: Stories
“Sean Duffy is a compelling detective, the evocation of the period is breathtaking and the atmosphere authentically menacing.”
—BRIAN McGILLOWAY, New York Times-bestselling author