In the Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty

in the morning i'll be gone

My mystery book group recently read the third book in a  mystery series by Adrian McKinty. The series is set in Northern Ireland in the early 1980s, featuring Catholic policeman Sean Duffy who is working for the Protestant RUC. Duffy has recently been demoted and thrown off the police force, but he is recruited by MI5 and put back on the force to help locate a former classmate who is a master bomber and one of the 38 IRA escapees from a maximum security prison.  There is a massive bombing in the works, but the time and location are unknown so they are operating against the clock to find Dermot McCann.  With no real leads Duffy is at a loss but also becomes involved in a “locked room” mystery while trying to track down McCann.  Duffy has gone to question McCann’s former mother-in-law who believes her daughter was murdered, but the police have ruled it an accident.  She says that she will give McCann up if Duffy solves her murder.  This mystery/thriller worked on many levels.  First you get two stories for the price of one.  The setting and time period are interesting backdrops for this series, and the crisp writing, story line and interesting main character and humor make this a book that is hard to put down.  I also enjoyed that real life pieces of history were incorporated into this book. I listened to the audio version read by Gerard Doyle which added to the enjoyment immensely listening to his Irish accent.

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