GUN STREET GIRL is the 4th novel in Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series. Duffy is a Catholic cop in the almost exclusively Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) in 1985 at the height of the troubles.
Between endless rounds of riot duty, Duffy and his team of detectives attend a murder scene. A wealthy couple has been murdered in their home. When their adult son can’t be found, he is suspected to be the murderer. This is only reinforced when the son jumps to his death from a cliff. The son’s girlfriend then gases herself in her car.
But maybe things are not quite what they seem. Duffy continues to investigate the deaths and starts to uncover some interesting alliances that the son has made and coincidentally a major weapons theft.
Meanwhile the violence in Northern Ireland continues and is only made worse by Thatcher’s misguided attempts at forcing peace. And Duffy deals with life in his usual way – poor diet, poor sleep, vodka and any drugs he can manage to get hold of. His love life is as chaotic as everything else.
But Duffy has hopes of escaping his dismal life when his MI5 friend Kate offers him a job. Could an MI5 future really be a possibility?
This was an excellent novel with a good plot and the ever present backdrop of the troubles. McKinty writes from experience of having lived in Northern Ireland in the 1980s and brings that time and place to life in this novel. Duffy is a brilliant character and I enjoy him more with each novel in the series.
I’m looking forward to continuing the series with RAIN DOGS.