Dead I Well May Be (Michael Forsythe Series #1)

Dead I Well May Be (Michael Forsythe Series #1)

by Adrian McKinty
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Dead I Well May Be (Michael Forsythe Series #1) by Adrian McKinty

This Irish bad-boy thriller -- set in the hardest streets of New York City -- brims with violence, greed, and sexual betrayal.
"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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743253550
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/14/2003
Series: Michael Forsythe Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 183,704
File size: 657 KB

About the Author

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, when terrorism in Ulster was at its height. Educated at Oxford University, he then immigrated to New York City, where he lived in Harlem for five years, working in bars and on construction crews, as well as a stint as a bookseller. He is the author of Hidden River and Dead I Well May Be, which was short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Dead I Well May Be 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
DEAD I WELL MAY BE by Adrian McKinty is Book 1 of his Michael Forsythe series. The book is narrated by Michael, often giving the reader a hint at what action is to come. He has left Belfast, Northern Ireland at age 19, and is recruited by the Irish crime boss, Darkey White in New York City. This is a thriller; very suspenseful; gritty; peppered with violent, greedy, totally amoral bad-boy thugs who daily commit acts of unimaginable cruelty and violence. Descriptive words that come to mind include: dirty, filthy, bugs, rats, heat, humidity, sweat, wounds, deaths (often very casual) and betrayals. And these words apply to New York. I would have to add more if I was to describe the Mexican prison he finds himself in. Michael’s childhood, background and environment - all seem to predict his current life as an amoral thug, thief, murderer and torturer, yet he does not seem unintelligent. He often muses on philosophical thoughts (reminding me of Sean Duffy) and seems (at times) to want to humanize his lifestyle and situation. Just when one thinks there is room for empathizing with or redeeming our Michael, a violent act will hurl you back into the reality of Michael’s life. I did like the complex characters and the suspense of the plot, but one needs a strong stomach.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
Just discovered McKinty, and will be coming back for more. This first offering in the trilogy is amazing. Fresh and new, yet grounded in good noir, told in a sure voice with superb craft. Love the style, with the asides and musings on various aspects of the story. Protagonist Michael Forsythe is fully drawn and interesting. McKinty shows us some different worlds, and draws them to give an air of authenticity. For noir fiction buffs, this is a great read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the Irish crime thriller genre, this book is an excellent representative. I was drawn in to the twists and turns of Michael Forsythe's story, and found myself rooting for him. I definitely want to read the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would not presume to tell anyone not to read a story, but I did not find any redeaming factor in this one. I quit reading at one point to clear my head and to decide whether there even was a story in those pages. I went back and could not finish so I went to the last 2 chapters and was glad I had not persude the reading.
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ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
This was a great story with interesting characters. It was also surprisingly funny in places, and the performance of Gerard Doyle as the narrator was great. I normally stay away from stories that are told in the first person, but this one is worth it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of the most un-enjoyable books I have ever forced myself to read. I can't believe this book made it past an editor and publishing company to make it to the shelf the way it is written. I like first person story telling, but the layout used in this book just hurt to read and keeps you from enjoying a pretty good story in this readers opinion.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Belfast, Michael Forsythe is unemployed, has no prospects (or ambition), and is no longer a state recipient of a stipend. In 1992 with little to keep him in Ireland, he decides to go to New York where he anticipates opportunities will abound for a young healthy teenage Irishman, but first he must pay back his airfare debt which includes expediting an illegal entry. Thus Michael quickly obtains employment in construction in Harlem as an enforcer for Irish mobster Darkey White who is at war with encroaching Latino gangs. --- Michael soon proves adept at killing the enemy especially construction competitors and the Dominican gangs. However, loyal to Darkey when it comes to eradication, Michael cannot resist the lure of his boss¿ girlfriend Bridget in spite of his brain telling him he is dead if he gets caught. He is not stunned when a drug deal in Mexico proves a setup that leaves him forgotten in a Mexican jail. He vows to join Darkey¿s enemies when he returns to the mean streets of Manhattan. --- Having read and enjoyed THE DEAD YARD several months ago, this reviewer wanted to obtain the first Forsythe tale, DEAD I MAY WELL BE. It is worth the effort as the fast-paced thriller focuses on the dichotomous antihero¿s thirst for vengeance. Forsythe in this novel in some ways will remind the audience of Alex star, of Burgess¿ A Clockwork Orange though Michael¿s violence is not random in THE DEAD YARD he seems more like Bourne. Crime thriller fans will appreciate this fine tale and its sequel, but recommend reading this one first as fans will have a better understanding of what makes Forsythe tick during THE DEAD YARD escapades. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is breathtaking... literally. There are so many twists & turns. It is funny, sad, suspenseful & just plain awesome! I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Dead I Well May Be was one of the best books I've read. Not only does McKinty's superb writing keep you enthralled but his story keeps you turning pages as fast as you can. His Irish idioms were only a plus.I absolutly loved it and give it the highst praise. I'm happy to hear he's working on another one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dead I May Well Be' is an excellent sophomore novel by Adrian McKinty. The book is well written and fast paced; there is little down-time in this story where and component fits perfectly. The narrative often shifts from the ongoing recollection/story to incidental side-bars, as if to fill the reader in on subsequent developments pertinent to the story in order to complete the narrator's thoughts. As a British ex-pat, the Irish lingo was a great change pace and also provided brief momemts of comic relief in this otherwise quite violent story. Read this book, you'll love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A page-turner action thriller set in a New York that is a portrait with fantasy and history woven in -- this is a first class novel despite its popular type genre. I would recommend it highly to anyone who likes to read and think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding!! McKinty invents a whole new genre between a thriller and high literature. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Read it--you'll love its gritty vision of New York City.