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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