Book Review: Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty—and a Giveaway!

Rain DogsRain Dogs
A Detective Sean Duffy Novel #5
Adrian McKinty
Seventh Street Books, March 2016
ISBN: 978-1-63388-130-3
Trade Paperback

Detective Sean Duffy of the RUC is back. In this dour, gritty novel of late Twentieth Century Northern Ireland, frustrations run high. A visiting British journalist, Lilly Bigelow, has apparently gone for the high jump off the castle keep at an ancient fortress near Carrick in Northern Ireland. It is your classic locked room mystery.

The place was locked up tight and all visitors gone. Only one man, the 60+ aged caretaker is on premises and his inspections revealed no other living human. Yet early on a frosty morning said caretaker discovers the suicided body of the young woman.

Ready to close the case as a legitimate suicide, Duffy and his team learn the coroner is adamant that she was killed-murdered-the night before. It becomes clear that the caretaker didn’t murder the woman so who did, why, and how did the murderer get in and out of the place, called Carrickfergus Castle? The fascinating solutions to these questions and attempts to arrest the perpetrator form the central plot of this firmly constructed novel. And there is no sagging in the middle.

The pace of the story is neither plodding nor racing about. There is time for several textural and atmospheric contemplations. It is the talent of the author showing in that these occasional asides enhance and enrich the novel and provide readers with a deeper sense of the principals. Well—researched, Rain Dogs is a witty, dark and thoughtful experience. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Carl Brookins, April 2016.
http://www.carlbrookins.com http://agora2.blogspot.com
The Case of the Purloined Painting, The Case of the Great Train Robbery, Reunion, Red Sky.

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15 thoughts on “Book Review: Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty—and a Giveaway!

  1. I am definitely entering this giveaway; the cover, itself, has that suspenseful quality and just the word ‘gritty’ pulls me right in. Thank you, Lelia!

  2. I absolutely loved the first three books in this series. I am eager to read the fourth and fifth. I thought I knew a fair amount of the troubles, but These books taught me so much more about them while telling great stories. And the characters are superbly developed.

  3. It was interesting that you said the pace was neither plodding nor racing about. I think I intend to enjoy most mysteries where the pace is somewhat intense. But, when the book is other than mystery, I think I enjoy a slower pace.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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