The Dead Yard
Adrian McKinty
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The Dead Yard
Adrian McKinty
400 pages
December 2006
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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In The Dead Yard, sequel to Dead I Well May Be, the author brings along one of the main characters from the first novel, Michael Forsythe. Michael is on the run and has found refuge in a faraway country when unforeseen circumstances place him in the hands of the officials – the very people he wants to stay away from. In the holding cell, he is visited by a highly unprofessional and desperate British Intelligence agent who won’t take no for an answer. Michael soon finds himself utilizing his old talents and contacts to infiltrate a dangerous Irish terrorist cell back in the U.S. The story is action-packed, with some shocking conclusion scenes that may very well keep fans of this author looking forward to the next book in the series featuring Michael Forsythe, The Bloomsday Dead. Readers may also appreciate the excerpt from The Bloomsday Dead at the end of this book, allowing fans the opportunity to see where this series might be heading.

Be prepared for violence, deceit, hate, irrational political stances, racism, swearing and torture – along with some unbelievable sexual scenes. The author draws Michael Forsythe in a 007 kind of way in that every female he meets assertively - sometimes aggressively - thrusts herself at him, waddling away satisfied but always wanting more. Modern female readers may find this stereotype frustrating. The writer’s style is a bit rushed, leaving me with the sense that the scenes were incomplete in some way.

Author Adrian McKinty was raised in the UK during the height of Northern-Ireland’s terrorism. He has held many jobs, including bookseller, and now resides in Denver, Colorado. McKinty has authored several other additional books, including Hidden River.

The Dead Yard was published by Pocket Star Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. While I could find no information on the eco-printing options exercised by the publisher (acid or chlorine-free paper, recycled content, veggie inks, carbon offsetting, eco-registered forests, etc.), the book was printed in the U.S., resulting in fewer fossil fuels spent for North American readers.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lillian Brummet, 2008

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