"In The Morning I'll Be Gone" by novelist Adrian McKinty
I adore the writings of Adrian McKinty!
In the Morning I'll Be Gone is the final book in McKinty's "Troubles Trilogy" but it is not necessary to have read the preceding two books to enjoy this engaging book about a "locked room" murder and the historical mayhem that surrounds that supposed crime. I especially like McKinty's novels that are set in Ireland because they ring so true--and this thriller does.
Detective Sean Duffy is an integral part of the mayhem, by the way. He is somewhat of a "trouble-maker" but he is honorable while causing that "trouble". Like McKinty's other leading man, Michael Forsythe from The Dead series, I could not help but like this conflicted Irish detective. (I must note that I really enjoyed running into the young Michael Forsythe while reading this novel. Thank you, Mr. McKinty!) Sean clearly loves the people of his homeland, but he does not like the cruelty, bloodshed and sadness that is a result of "The Troubles".
Yes, you will learn some history (JKF's nephew, Joe Kennedy makes an appearance), but I guarantee that you will not mind. If you are like me, you will be drawn into the mystery surrounding the death of Lizzie Fitzpatrick and Duffy's quest to save the Empire from a Libyan trained IRA bomber. That bomber also happens to be a childhood idol for Sean.
Sean Patrick Duffy is an Irish Catholic who has a considerably decent education and yet choses to be a member of Her Majesty's police force during "The Troubles" of 1980's Ireland. "Conflicted" definitely describes Duffy!
The Wall Street Journal describes McKinty's leading man as "A dark-humored shamus in the Philip Marlowe tradition." Created by author Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe is a hard drinking, fictional detective who who witnessed corruption and bloodshed, but did not let that deter his drive to do what was right and complete a job. Perhaps Chandler best described his detective in a letter writing this, "I see (Marlowe) always in a lonely street, in lonely rooms, puzzled but never quite defeated." This description could easily be Sean Duffy.
At the end of In the Morning I'll Be Gone, the locked room mystery is solved and Sean did save the Empire in his own roguish way and to his own sad satisfaction.
And MINE, too.
The Troubles Trilogy by Adrian McKinty:
If you can read these three novels in order, that is good. However, it is not necessary to do so.
(I listened to the excellent audio version.)
(again, the audio version was extremely satisfying!)
(I read the book--very, very readable.)
Learn more about McKinty and his thrillers:
One of the following videos features the author's daughters talking about The Troubles Trilogy and their dad's books.
Another video features Adrian McKinty reading a report on Sean Patrick Duffy. The "report" is featured in the third book in The Troubles Trilogy and aptly describes the character of Duffy.
In the final video, you will hear Gerard Doyle reading another of Adrian McKinty's novels "Falling Glass". I do not recommend that you listen to a book on YouTube, but I do want you to hear the lilting voice of this wonderful reader of Mr. McKinty's books.
In Mr. McKinty's own words--spoken and written.
Gerard Doyle reading from one of McKinty's Irish novels.
The author's daughters talking about their father's (Adrian McKinty) newest books
Have you read anything by author Adrian McKinty?
If you would like to read more about the novels of Adrian McKinty, please feel free to visit Fifty Grand: a novel of suspense by Adrian McKinty and Love Crime Fiction? In addition to writing thrillers, McKinty has authored several Young Adult novels including The Lighthouse Trilogy. (If you click the link, you will be taken to Nancy Harden's Squidoo page where she features this young adult series along with other books about lighthouses.)
Mr. McKinty seems to favor trilogies, doesn't he? Even though the novel I feature here is the third book featuring Sean Duffy, I just know that he might turn up in future books in one way or another just as Michael Forsythe has.
I hope you will read In the Morning I'll Be Gone and join me in my admiration of this very fine writer.
Feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear from other readers who just might like McKinty novels as much as I do. Thank you in advance.