The Dead Yard (Michael Forsythe Series #2)

The Dead Yard (Michael Forsythe Series #2)

by Adrian McKinty
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The Dead Yard (Michael Forsythe Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
THE DEAD YARD by Adrian McKinty is Book 2 of The Michael Forsythe series. It is the sequel to DEAD I WELL MAY BE and segues quite seamlessly from the 1st title into the 2nd, even though some years have passed and Michael is in the Witness Protection Program. A little blackmail on the part of British Intelligence puts Michael in a dangerous operation, infiltrating a very dangerous Irish terrorist group in the Boston area. Our Michael is very smart - full of philosophical musings, witty remarks and self-depracation. But it his street-smarts that count, and he puts his life on the line dealing with Touched, Gerry, Sonia, Jackie and Kit. A monstrous group. The book is so violent, so full of vicious, sadistic and depraved acts of violence and torture, it is hard to read at times. I don’t know if I can ever visit (or even drive through) northern Massachusetts after reading this book. It left me with such a sense of bleakness and depression. I also live 20 miles from Belfast, Maine (where Gerry’s ‘cabin’ was) and I will never think of my house in rural Maine in quite same way again.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
Another great novel in the Michael Forsythe saga. Here, it's five years after we last left him, and he gets into trouble after a vacation that goes bad. Really bad. He gets recruited for what's essentially a suicide mission he can't decline, and discovers many things while on it, including love. This series being what it is, terrible things happen, people get killed, and Michael must fight for his life again. It's how he does it that makes the book so entertaining. He's got a talent for getting in and out of trouble, but the toll is brutal. The author has a wonderful way with telling the tale in Michael's voice, a lovely and enchanting language. He's a smartass anti-hero, but one you want to follow and hear more about.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Leaving Chicago on vacation Michael Forsythe, using the name Brian O¿Nolan as he is in the federal witness protection program, goes to Spain¿s Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. He selected the spot because his choices are limited with the head of the NY mob wanting him dead and the FBI insuring he does not visit the Caribbean. Though Michael afterward realizes he should have known better, he attends a football (soccer) match between Dublin¿s Shamrock Rovers and London¿s Milwall in front of five hundred British hooligans and fifty Irish fans. A riot breaks out and Michael is back in jail reading once again How Stella Got Her Groove --- Two Brits, Jeremy Barnes and Samantha Caudwell visit Brian to inform him he will be convicted as Blair supports the Spanish government no nonsense policy. Jeremy offers him a choice between five years in a Seville maximum security prison or work with them undercover. Michael tells ¿Sammy¿ to send her boy toy packing so they can discuss what British Intel wants. She explains that she runs the Special Ulster Unit that works cases of potential Irish terrorism outside the United Kingdom she needs him undercover obtaining information on a dangerous faction, the Sons of Cuchulainn, planning something in America. --- THE DEAD YARD, the sequel to the magnificent DEAD I WELL MAY BE is a terrific tale starring an ¿operative¿ who always is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Michael remains his rascally self though he is softened a bit when he meets Kit, the daughter of the Cuchulainn leader he must bring down. Fans of tense thrillers similar to the Bourne tales will want to read about Michael¿s latest woes (above description is only the first chapter). --- Harriet Klausner
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Gerard Doyle, a seasoned actor who has toured with the English Shakespeare Company and appeared on Broadway and London's West End, gives a compelling reading to this sometimes terrifying always compelling tale of the IRA. His trained voice with a hint of Brit to it perfectly suits protagonist Michael Forsythe. In this sequel to McKinty's stellar debut 'Dead Well May Be,' Forsythe is at last enjoying a much needed vacation in Spain. As luck would have it he finds himself caught in the middle of football riots and is quickly put behind bars. In addition there are now some mighty tough laws regarding involvement in such a fracas, and he may find himself shipped off to Mexico to do time. However, there is one way to avoid a prison sentence - he's approached by British Intelligence agent Samantha with a proposition. Will he infiltrate an IRA sleeper cell in the U.S.? At the time it seems an easy choice, and an easy out of a Mexican jail. Little did Forsythe know the violence and terror that would ensue. 'The Dead Yard' is the apogee of crime writing and listening. It's intelligent, tense, and fast-paced. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gerard Doyle's reading of The Dead Yard is another hardboiled treat. Doyle brings a laconic cynicism to Michael Forsythe as he confronts murder, betrayal, loss, seduction and revenge in an ever decreasing circle of tension and fear. I listened to Doyle's reading of Dead I Well May Be and as good as that was (it won the Audofile Mystery of the Year) I think this is even better. Enjoy.