Dead I Well May Be : Michael Forsythe

  • by Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • Series: Michael Forsythe
  • 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went." So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block.
Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star. Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkey's girl, Bridget, saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that he's being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. He's right to be anxious; when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent.
But Darkey fails to account for Michael's toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him.
A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent, complete with an Irish lilt.

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What the Critics Say

"A profoundly satisfying book from a major new talent, and one of the best crime fiction debuts of the year." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Another Great Adrian McKinty Novel

If you could sum up Dead I Well May Be in three words, what would they be?

Very well written.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead I Well May Be?

The whole book is memorable. I don't really focus on any particular part of the book.


What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Northern Irish accent and emotion that is appropriate to the story.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I'm not one for tag lines.


Any additional comments?

I like Adrian McKinty's cynical humour, which lifts his novels above the level of other crime novels.

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- Michael

Highly Recommend!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this.... Bit long in places where the writer goes off on a descriptive tangent for too long but overall I enjoyed the story.
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- lexi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-06-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.