‘I Hear Sirens In The Street’ is the 2nd Sean Duffy novel by Adrian McKinty.
At the end of the previous novel, we left Duffy injured. He has now returned to work at Carrickfergus police station with a Queens medal and a promotion to Inspector. But that doesn’t change the nature of his work at the height of the troubles.
Duffy and DC McCrabbin are sent to investigate a blood trail at an abandoned factory. They follow the trail and find a suitcase containing a torso – no head, arms or legs.
With great difficulty, they identify the remains as an American ex-IRS inspector in Ireland exploring his roots. They also manage to trace the suitcase to a part-time UDR soldier who was recently murdered by the IRA.
But things are not quite what they seem, for the American or the UDR soldier.
The investigation takes Duffy on a very eventful trip to America as well as to the DeLorean car factory which is trying to save Northern Ireland from complete economic collapse.
And when not investigation the murder, Duffy and his team are out on patrol in armoured land rovers, being attacked with petrol bombs.
This was another excellent portrayal of life as a Catholic cop in Northern Ireland in the 1980s. Duffy is a great character to get to know and the time and place are very vividly portrayed in this and the previous novel – ‘The Cold Cold Ground’.
I’m looking forward to continuing the series with – ‘In The Morning I’ll Be Gone’.
Book Published 2013