Rain Dogs

Rain Dogs

by Adrian McKinty

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Rain Dogs, a stunning installment in the Sean Duffy thriller series, following the Edgar Award-nominated Gun Street Girl, is "another standout in a superior series" (Booklist).

It's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy: riot duty, heartbreak, cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked-room mysteries in one career?

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus Castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond.

And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

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BN ID: 2940161356005
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Sean Duffy Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 82,519
File size: 430 KB

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Rain Dogs (Sean Duffy Series #5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite detectives, Sean Duffy, is back in Adrian McKinty’s RAIN DOGS. This is the fifth book I’ve read which showcases DI Sean Duffy of the Carrickfergus Royal Ulster Constabulary and it does not disappoint. We read about a strange and unlikeable Finnish delegation looking at potential factory locales; a new woman in Duffy’s life; and the second locked room/castle mystery of Duffy’s career. I wrote in one review that the real ‘star’ or main character of the series was the ever-present rain. This is true - the gloomy, chill rain and Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ still provide the atmosphere and background and foundation of the series. But in RAIN DOGS, Sean Duffy has matured and is a bit softer around the edges. He shines as a developed person and nudges the rain and the ‘Troubles’ to the side to become the ‘star’ or main character. He is still sarcastic, nasty, hateful even; angry and immoral at times; a conniver and brutally honest. But, this time around, he interacts more with people and muses on what they have to say. I like the exchanges and workability he has with Lawson and McCrabban and these interactions have him ruminating about his own personality and future, as well as helping to solve the case. A tiny sense of optimism seems to linger with our Sean. I like learning about, and the use of Bayes Theorem in solving the case. (Our Sean is benefitting from being a good listener.) I like the phrase: “Rain. Wind. The afternoon withering like a piece of fruit in an Ulster pantry.” I like the importance of music in Duffy’s life. I like this book.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The year is 1987. The time of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. And a delegation of businessmen from Finland is visiting Carrickfergus, inspecting empty factories for possible manufacturing of high tech products. While there they visit a castle, and the next day a young female journalist is discovered dead in its courtyard, apparently having jumped from above and committing suicide. Detective Sean Duffy, making his appearance in this 6th entry in the series, is assigned to the case. Apparently the Castle is locked overnight, and all visitors are made to leave before a heavy iron gate is lowered which prevents entry or egress until it is raised the next morning. The caretaker, who lowers the gate from the inside and lives in a cottage on the premises, swears he inspected the castle for any lingering persons twice, once before lowering the gate and a second time hours later, and found no one. The only conclusion: Either he murdered the reporter or she jumped; a classic “locked room” crime. It is the second time in his career that Duffy has encountered such an incident, which he feels is a statistical impossibility, so, long after the arrest of the caretaker for murder, he continues to ponder the case and sniff out clues, keeping the file alive. This gives the author the opportunity to exhibit why he is an award-winning writer [most recently, the book has just been nominated for England’s prestigious Theakston's Old Peculiar Award], as Duffy and his team progress toward resolving the questions raised as a result of the woman’s death. It is a clever plot. Duffy is a remarkable character, made even more appealing in this novel as he grows as a person. It will be most interesting to see how he evolves in any forthcoming installment in the series. Highly recommended.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Sean Duffy has nothing going right these days. He’s just been dumped by his girlfriend, Beth, who is ten years younger than he is. He’s just been assigned to the protective unit for a Muhammed Ali visit to Ireland. The story takes place in Carrickfergus which is close to Belfast. It’s the time of the Irish Troubles when the IRA is dropping bombs left and right as a protest method to gain Irish independence. It’s a bit of a far stretch to imagine how these bombs could be an asset in their goal but for now it is what it is. So for now Detectives like Duffy check under their cars for bombs every time they set out to travel somewhere. Ali during his tour actually turns around and confronts protestors, winning them over with his charm and panache. But the day isn’t done before there are two problems, one minor and one major. A Finnish delegation has come to the area to check it out as a potential site for a large new business and of course the town officials want and English government want everything to proceed ultra-smoothly. However, one of the Finnish delegation member’s wallet is declared missing and a young woman is found dead from a possible suicide in Carrickfergus Castle. The first is a joke; the second turns out to be a complex mystery. Why did this young journalist kill herself? Why did the night guard not know she was still in the Castle after closing hours? The plot becomes quite complex when it turns out that the Finnish delegation was not as innocent as it appeared to the public. Add to that another policeman is killed from a bomb under the car and of course everyone assumes it’s just another IRA plot, nothing new. It turns out that’s not so either. Duffy for a long time keeps receiving false leads but if it’s one thing Duffy has a reputation for, it’s persistence, relentless. Rain Dogs… has many other twists and turns that keep the reader flipping the pages and rapidly reading. This is my first Sean Duffy mystery, and I am looking forward to read the other novels in which he is the sleuth solving crimes in tumultuous Ireland! Very nicely done, Adrian McKinty and recommended reading for all who love a good mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago