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  1. craic - Gaelic word for fun or happeningcrack - most addictive form of cocaineIt's probably best not to confuse the two._________________________________Forced to leave his native Ireland in search of gainful employment, Michael Forsythe ends up in Harlem in a sort of indentured servitude to local crime lord, Darkey White. (Snort!) Mike turns out to be good at his job, but pretty stupid when it comes to the ladies. Now, being employed is the least of his problems and he's on the run, fighting fo [...]

  2. I liked this book but not as much as McGinty's Sean Duffy series. This was first published in 2003 so perhaps he still had to learn to control his formidable writing talent. I saw one review that described him as part poet and part master story-teller, and I'd have to agree. But most of the last third of the book became predictable to me. I guess I've seen too many movies of this ilk. If you like bloody revenge tales, you'd probably disagree. Adrian McGinty breaks a lot of grammar rules in this [...]

  3. What a moody, intricate piece of work! I can't say I loved the whole thing, but I couldn't stop listening. Fabulously read by Gerard Doyle whose Irish brogue complemented the character perfectly. That's the story - Michael Forsythe. He's not the brightest lad & he has his problems both with drink & impulse control, but he's a nice enough bloke. Sometimes, his performance is cringe-worthy, other times incredibly cold, heroic, &/or tough, but generally he's just trying to get by. He's [...]

  4. Holy crap. I picked this up because it's Irish, mostly. Only a few discs into the story it's a pretty fun listen. It's written in first person, so listening to it is no different than your favorite Irish friend telling you a story. With A LOT of f-bombs in it. To give you an idea guy (Scotchy) was giving the main character (Mike) a hard time over the phone. The main character goes silent for quite a while as Sotchy bellows into the phone. Scotchy finally wises up to the silent treatment and star [...]

  5. Its actually pretty ridiculous. I had to get this book from the United Kingdom on . And of course had to pay shipping. Why not get it from Audible? Well, I prefer to read my books not listen to disembodied voices in my head. All right, moan over, back to the book: Quite simply one of the best novels I have ever read. I didn't say one of the best crime novels. I said one of the best novels. The basic plot description is this: the story of a young Irish immigrant in the violent New York underworld [...]

  6. So Michael Forsythe is an Irish bad boy in the time of "The Troubles". He joined the British army essentially to get out of Northern Ireland but he couldn't stay within the lines prescribed by that estimable organization and kept getting into trouble until finally the army kicked him to the curb. Back home in Belfast, he continues his bad boy ways and is constantly getting into more trouble until finally he's used up all his chances. With no further prospects in sight, he takes what's on offer - [...]

  7. I wasn't expecting much from this book, since the plot summary doesn't do it much justice. Neither the thriller/crime category applied to it. It's much more than that. Can I call it an existential thriller? A study in desperate crime maybe? Here's a fine young man caught in desperate situations he can't escape, all the way since his childhood. Here the universe will not even raise its eyebrow to help him, nothing like the helpful conspiring universe of Coehlo's wishful fuckery. He's fighting wit [...]

  8. I'm happy to have made finishing this up my first read/listen of 2016. I gave this one 3.5 stars rounded down due to it not quite grabbing me as much as his Duffy books, but it was still good craic. McKinty can certainly paint a picture. I particularly like how he describes NYC of the early 1990s through an immigrants eyes.

  9. A vengeful-based story, starting off with the Irish protagonist, Michael Forsythe being jobless and borderlining poverty was offered a job to work in New York. This story was based in the 80s/90s in Harlem when it was abundant with crime (thus being a crime-based story). Narration was in first person.As this book was in first person and the story was that of crime and vengeance, to me, the book's foremost quality was being thrilling. Following a character who had some street sense and was mixed [...]

  10. A solid first novel and I look forward to reading more by Adrian McKinty.I have a few small gripes with the book: some unnecessary foreshadowing that steps on the story being told in the present, a knack of letting a digression take over a scene, and the book is probably about 50 pages longer than its very simple story needs.The first half is really great. That's not to say the latter half isn't good, the story just changes drastically. Where the first half is grounded and the story remains rela [...]

  11. Dead I May Well Be is a confident, bold and assured debut novel of great depth and storytelling. Forsythe is a complex and well-drawn character and the rest of the cast are more than mere extras. The writing is sharp and dark, the plot is rich and thick with political and philosophical insight, as well as violence and pathos, and the story zips along at a cracking pace. McKinty does a good job of capturing the sights and sounds of pre-Giuliani New York City, and the personal relations within and [...]

  12. DEAD I WELL MAY BE (Suspense-NY/Mexico-Cont) – G+Adrian McKinty – 2nd bookPocket Books, 2004 – PaperbackMichael Forsythe, a 19-year old illegal immigrant from Belfast, is an enforcer for a New York Crime boss. After being betrayed by his employer, which lands him in a Mexican prison, he returns to New York determined for revenge. *** This is a tough book for me to evaluate. It saddened me as the character of Michael is young and highly intelligent, yet seemingly unwilling to leave the viol [...]

  13. A classic noir with mob connotations, ‘Dead I Well May Be’ introduces a hero with more heart than body parts (read the book, you’ll know what I mean). From Ireland to New York to the jungles of Mexico the blood runs think and fast as the protagonist seeks vengeance for his wrong doing. I liken this to the Sopranos (somewhat) in the earlier stages of the book with a hint of Hank Thompson (Charlie Huston’s creation) towards the end. A solid read for fans of mob related fiction, noir, and p [...]

  14. A lot of violence, some of it pretty unrealistic I think. Some of the writing is exciting, intelligent and thoughtful. I didn't like the beginning or the ending of the book, but most of the middle had a grip on my attention. In the end I didn't feel that I gained any particular insight by reading it and I was not entertained by the violence. This book was the first wild release bookcrossing book that I found.

  15. Dark gritty crime novel that takes the reader from Belfast to New York City and then to Mexico. A very good read though a bit too long. Loved the narration on the audio by Gerard Doyle. His Irish accent really made the listen enjoyable.

  16. Typical McKinty.Smart,hilarious dialogue ,nasty people,cultural references.Adrian is obviously very educated.There aren't too many nice people in this book.The surprises keep coming.Next up,The Dead Yard,#2 in the Michael Forsythe series.

  17. I love Adrian McKinty's writing. He can take me anywhere his imagination cares to go. Gerard Doyle is such a lyrical reader and helps with the transport to other worlds. Interesting start of a new series with Michael Forsythe.

  18. Dark and funny, tough and confrontational, lyrical and even poetic in places, quintessentially Irish, DEAD I WELL MAY BE is the first in a series of books featuring Michael Forsythe, a young Irish man with a flair for danger, drinking, and fighting his way out of impossible situations.McKinty writes in a style that's easy to associate with noir Irish writing, a sort of a stream of consciousness thing, that alternates between incredibly compelling and making the reader want to hide under the bed [...]

  19. Wow! Adrian McKinty's "Dead I Well May Be" is a blistering rogue of a novel; an intelligently savage novel as melancholy as it is brutal - a fatalistic tour through upper Manhattan's mean streets which are pale and gentle against a Mexican prison's brand of hard-time. Michael Forsythe flees native Ireland reluctantly but just ahead of the law to work for Darkie White, head of the Irish mob controlling the drug flow in one of Harlem's burned out hoods in the Wild West Days of David Dinkin's New Y [...]

  20. Having read all the Sean Duffy books, I didn't think Mr McKinty could pull another charismatic character out of his hat.Michael Forsyth is quite young at the beginning of this series (19) but he has already lived a huge life. He ha a stint in the British Army where he managed to learn survival skills which he calls on in all manner of ways when he is in a sticky situation. With jobs being scarce in Northen Ireland he takes up an offer to go to New York to work with a distant relative, what he th [...]

  21. This is an out and out crime novel. By a "crime novel", I mean a novel about a criminal way of life. The story is about a criminal, in the perspective of a criminal, about the criminal way of life and the various ups and downs of the same. There is no honor, no glory, no code. It's just a clinical way of life. This is a world about which normal people have no idea about. The transactions, the relationships, the ethics are all a part of that criminal perspective.Written in a unique narration, the [...]

  22. Reminded me a lot of The Ghosts of Belfast.A guy from Northern Ireland comes to Harlem in the early nineties and gets involved with Irish gangsters.What a great premise! This book really has nothing to do with the premise, though. It's a straight revenge tale. Very violent, and not really my thing.McKinty's writing is fantastic, though. It's like a fugue that drifts between the present, past, and future. Really excellent, unusual descriptive passages. I'm not normally a sucker for that sort of t [...]

  23. All I can say is wow!The people in charge of marketing this book should all be fired. IMHO this is the best crime novel of the last decade, up there with Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard and Bob Parker at their finest. Someone really screwed up here. This should have been a NYT best seller. But thats ok as I'll take it as a cult classic. Buyer beware though this is very Irish!! i.e. swearing, sex, violence and black humor.

  24. Delightful, horrifying, philosophical, poetic, violent, and funny. This is the first Adrian McKinty book I've read, but it won't be the last. The only problem is the books are hard to find. In this first of the trilogy, Michael Forsythe is a nineteen-year-old illegal from Northern Ireland working for the Irish mob in New York. A stint in a Mexican prison is the turning point of his life. Michael remains likable and honorable even when he is seeking vengeance (or maybe it's justice).

  25. I really love the way McKinty uses time and place as a character in his novels. Like this one New York in the 90's. As if in another time and place these events would not have unfolded as they did. But the culture and atmosphere as described really adds richness and credibility to the fiction. I really like the way he tells a story

  26. If you cross the writing of Richard Price with Cormac McCarthy, you won't get the prose of Adrian McKinty, but he is an original voice, and it's admirable he is able to capture the street life of NYC as well as a native New Yorker could when you consider he is from Northern Ireland.

  27. Kept me interested. A good thriller with convincing characters that stood off the page. The part that takes place in Mexico was convincing and I know the country pretty well.

  28. Library Audible (a personal reminder of the story)This Irish bad-boy thriller is how the write up is introduced. And yes a fair description with some good qualities and some conscience. More a character "go with the flow" rather than a fighter character who would branch out on his own for integrity sake. The story is set in the hardest streets of New York City some years ago before the zero tolerance campaign etc. --there is the usual violence, greed, and the key to what happens is the sexual be [...]

  29. It's hard to describe my admiration for Adrian McKinty without getting gushy. This is his first published book and in many ways may be the most lyrically Irish book from him. It has the grit and violence of his later books but immediately locates itself far from "The Troubles" that are the center of many of his later books.The book centers around Michael Forsythe. On unemployment in Northern Ireland he makes the mistake of letting his picture be taken by a reporter as he and some friends are wor [...]

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