Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly (Sean Duffy Series #6)

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly (Sean Duffy Series #6)

by Adrian McKinty

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ISBN-13: 9781633882591
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Sean Duffy Series , #6
Pages: 319
Sales rank: 200,769
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Adrian McKinty is the author of eighteen novels, including the Detective Sean Duffy novels The Cold Cold Ground, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, In the Morning I'll Be Gone, Gun Street Girl, and Rain Dogs and the standalone historical The Sun Is God. The Cold Cold Ground won the Spinetingler Award. I Hear the Sirens in the Street won the Barry Award and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award. In the Morning I'll Be Gone won the Ned Kelly Award and was selected by the American Library Association as one of the top-10 crime fiction novels of 2014. Gun Street Girl was shortlisted for the Anthony, Ned Kelly, and Edgar Awards. Born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, McKinty was called "the best of the new generation of Irish crime novelists" in the Glasgow Herald.

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Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only negative I can think of is that the tale ended. I m a y have to start at the first one. Again.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
Adrian McKinty’s latest POLICE AT THE STATION AND THEY DON’T LOOK FRIENDLY is the 6th title in his Detective Sean Duffy series. The scene is Northern Ireland 1988. A man is dead at his front door - shot by a crossbow. His wife is hysterical and a goat from next door is nibbling on his jacket. The crime scene couldn’t be more compromised or more puzzling. The plot is a complex one, full of twists and turns and surprises. The main character is the weather and the human characters are just as grim and unpredictable. Our Sean is his own worst enemy most of the time. Lawson and Crabbie are intelligent, loyal and excellent policemen in their own right. They might make excellent main characters in the future. The prologue is frightening. It upset me very much with its brutality and senseless violence. Drugs, the IRA, the RUC, Carrickfergus, shady policemen, snitches, very complex and conflicted characters, moments of deep reflection, classical music, poetry, nasty weapons - shotguns, crossbows, guns, guns and more guns (did I mention all the guns?), terrorizing raids in the middle of the night, grim hopeless brutality, whiskey - a true noir. Noir is a genre of crime fiction or film characterized by cynicism, fatalism and moral ambiguity. This Sean Duffy series has true noir ‘in spades’. I read a quote which said, “ noir is whiskey neat.” I couldn’t agree more. I have read all of the titles in this series and find them frightening, thrilling and grim and I love them.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Police at the Station and They Don’t look Friendly” is the latest in the Sean Duffy series by Adrian McKinty. Even if you have not read the others in the series, you will enjoy this one. The title grabbed my attention right away, and with chapters with titles such as “No Hay Banda” or “Daadd Knows Best” and “The Paper, the Scissors, and Michael Stone” I knew I was going to love this book. Sean Duffy is a Catholic peeler in the most dangerous police force in the world in which to serve, RUC, The Royal Ulster Constabulary, in the 1980s, and hated by all sides. He does remind us “If you really have to get shot, Belfast is one of the best places to do it. After twenty years of the Troubles, and after thousands of assassination attempts and punishment shootings, Belfast has trained many of the best gun-shot trauma surgeons in the world.” He still diligently checks under his car for bombs every time before he gets in. Throughout the series, we have watched Duffy grow and change. He is now struggling with very big changes. He has a girlfriend and a young daughter to consider. He still loves music, poetry, and movies, but he is trying to cut down on drinking, smoking and drug use. He has not lost his sense of humor and tells the crowd gathered around the dead body at a crime scene “Get back. There’s nothing to see here, he won’t be doing any tricks, he’s not frigging Lazarus.” In desperation, he also wonders, “Where was Miss Marple when you needed her?” Duffy has made powerful friends over the years and powerful enemies as well, and these collide with catastrophic consequences. Throughout the book, he struggles to solve the complex case, keep his job, and cope with the unstable work environment while still maintaining some relationship with his child and his child’s mother. He struggles for answers, but find none that fit. He is not one to give up and quotes Martin Luther “If the Apocalypse was coming tomorrow, today I would plant a tree.” even as his own world his world collapses. The case is solved in a surprising way and Duffy contemplates surprising change for himself as well. How will this complex arrangement work out for him? We will have to wait for the next book.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: Belfast 1988: A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing in a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece. Readers were introduced to Duffy when he was 25; now, in March of 1988, he is 38 years old, working out of Carrickfergus CID [a 45-minute drive from Belfast]. As the book opens, he is in what sounds like an untenable position, being forced through a narrow forest trail at 4 AM by at masked gunmen, to be made to dig his own grave. He finds himself thinking “Neither God, nor nature, nor St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of policemen, is coming to save me. I have to save me. These men are going to kill me unless I can talk or fight my way out of it.” It is no spoiler to state that he does not die in this confrontation, but we jump forward in time to when he has obviously survived, though we’re not yet told how. The Troubles of years past are still very much still simmering beneath the surface. Antagonism between Protestants and Catholics is still very much alive; we need go no further than Duffy’s marriage to find that out. That being only partly the irritant in that relationship. No less so in the police station itself, we discover. When a man whose murder the CID is investigating is discovered to have been a drug dealer, the IRA is thought to be behind it. (“In a series of agreements worked out at the very highest levels in the mid-1980s the paramilitaries from all sides had effectively divided up Belfast between themselves for the dealing of hash, heroin, and speed, and the two newest [and most lucrative] drugs in Ireland: ecstasy and crack cocaine.”) Duffy again, “for what seemed like the millionth time in my career,” had encountered Belfast’s code of omerta “that babes must learn at their mother’s knee.” Still a heavy user of alcohol and marijuana, Duffy is still an excellent detective, and experienced enough to causer him to check beneath his BMW for bombs before entering the car. The plot created by the author is a fascinating and well-written one, keeping this reader turning pages quickly. In addition, Mr.McKinty drops names such as “Eddie McBain,” Columbo, Joni Mitchell, and Ella Fitzgerald, putting a smile on my face as he does so. The writing is frequently poetry itself, and the novel is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really exciting information filled book. I could even remember some true events. The whole series was excellent reading.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Belfast 1988 – Ireland is a volatile place where IRA, Irish and British conflict constantly erupts. The novel opens with Duffy being into a hidden area where he will be forced to dig his own grave and then die. The scene shifts, however, to a murder scene. Two murders, both committed by crossbows, have been committed and Duffy is called to investigate the second death of a known drug dealer. Obviously, this is an odd choice of weapons but effective because of the difficulty of tracing the owner or owners. All he knows is the victim’s wife is a violent mourner, giving grief to anyone and everyone. Add to the mess that it’s hard for Duffy to get cooperation in the Carrickfergus station. However, he has a job to do and he sets about it with determination, even when it seems he is being blocked at every turn. Duffy is also in danger of losing his girlfriend Beth and daughter Emma, as Beth hates being in the middle of a violent neighborhood. There’s a subplot here as she tries to get him to think about moving to a house in the country. At first he refuses but realizes he will lose her if he doesn’t come around. Trying to explain to Beth that he is attempting to prove himself at the station, being distrusted as a fenian “peeler” or detective (Irish independence supporter and detective), and is slowly gaining ground in that effort. Beth doesn’t see that as the essence of a steady, peaceful existence for a family, even though she won’t hear of marriage as a viable option. The story continues and holds the reader’s avid interest as Duffy and an associate are kidnapped, almost murdered and endures other life-threatening moments and obstacles. Adam McKinty crafts an excellent crime or detective novel that is challenging, mysterious, and altogether a wild ride with some poignant times in between the task of finding the guilty and bypassing the innocent. Nicely plotted Adam McKinty!