The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 30 May 2007]

Review: The Dead Yard

The second Michael Forsythe novel is grim and fast-paced.

Adrian McKinty’s The Dead Yard is his second novel about Irish sociopath Michael Forsythe, following the excellent Dead I Well May Be.

Like its predecessor, The Dead Yard is strong and well-crafted noir, with great writing and an uncanny ear for dialog, with a generous sprinkling of Irish slang and idioms that sets McKinty apart from other writers in the genre. Coupled with a strong, fast-moving plot, interesting and gritty characters, and a convincing portrait of the protagonist, the novel builds on the best parts of Dead I Well May Be and improves on them in every way.

It’s a hard novel to put down, especially as it barrels toward the grim ending.

While it can be read stand-alone, it’s best to first read Dead I Well May Be to get the back story and understand Forsythe’s motivations better.

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