New novel by Adrian McKinty

By now I have almost got round to accepting the ending of the novel pictured below (sorry if this sudden change of wording looks odd, but I’m being subjected to the worst attack of spam I’ve ever encountered). Almost. Adrian McKinty’s latest crime novel is as pacy and well written as I expected it to be. And I like the fact that he has set it in Northern Ireland. Apart from the bits that are set elsewhere, obviously.

St Patrick’s Day in Boston seems to be big, and very green. And I had not stopped to consider the possible differences between shamrocks and four leaf clovers before. You learn something new all the time.

Falling Glass, Adrian McKinty

Killian is a Pavee, which luckily turns out to be relevant to the plot, and not just some exotic trait handed over to the ‘hero’ to make him sound interestingly different. He gets hired to do all manner of things, and he seems to be good at avoiding unnecessary deaths, which is nice. Doesn’t mean this novel lacks blood and gore or dead bodies. Plenty of that about.

A successful airline owner – who only avoids being suspected of being that man who charges to use the toilet, by the fact that he too gets a mention – hires Killian to find his ex-wife Rachel who has done a runner with their two young daughters.

As is usually the case, there is more than one side to the problem, and the reader is also shown Rachel’s point of view of the case. From this you can predict that Killian will have to switch sides. What’s harder to predict is how many people will still be alive at the end.

There is a very bad hitman, but even he has his good sides, when you get to know him. The airline owner seems quite nice, but you know he can’t be. And how much double crossing will there be?

I sometimes wish (male) writers of hardboiled crime didn’t feel the need to start off with such crude behaviour on the part of their main characters. There has to be very casual sex before some more acceptable casual sex. And the question is if fewer f-words would gain more readers? There are hard men (and women) and then there are hard men (and women). I can see that the Resident IT Consultant will be avoiding Adrian’s novel.

But Adrian’s writing is fantastic, and the plot is good. There is even a goat.

8 responses to “New novel by Adrian McKinty

  1. I forget the goat.

    We agree on many things, but on one thing we do not agree. I LOVED the ending of Falling Glass. I know we can’t argue about this without giving too much away, but the chapter is called On GogMagog Street. How brilliant is that?

  2. I’m glad you mentioned the fact that its definitely not the man who charges you to use the toilet on his planes. The last thing I need is a libel suit on my hands.

    The F words…People do tell me to cut the F words to get more readers. Dan Brown never uses the F word. But thats the way they talk, so it wouldnt be effective mimesis…but I do take the point. This is definitely not a book for everyone.

    The ending? Well, what can you do…that seemed to be the place to end it. I know some people wont like it, but I thought it was a nice way to leave these characters forever…

  3. Seana, I said I was coming round, albeit slowly. And I was pleased to find that very Irish phrase, which I’ve already forgotten what it is, again, and which makes me think of Kate Thompson’s charming New Policeman.

    Adrian, I think toilet-man would be happy to be your villain. He might give you free flights, or at least free use of the toilet. And I think my point about the swearing is that Killian can be quite normal with someone like Sue, and he is infinitely nicer like that. (I know, I’m just a stupid female.) We don’t want you morphing into Mr Brown. Don’t even consider it. I’m saying fewer f-words, not none.

    The ending. It’s got something going for it.

  4. adrian mckinty

    Miss Witch

    Stupid female? I dont think like that. I think its the woman, the mother, who is the moral centre of this book. She’s the one who saves her kids in chapter 1 and she’s the only one who manages to out talk Killian, convincing him, not the other way around. She’s the real survivor.

    And the ending…well I can’t say anymore. I think it might be my favourite ending of any of my adult books. Maybe the ending of Fifty Grand.

    (My favourite ending of my kids books is definitely book 2 of The Lighthouse Trilogy.)

    I suppose we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  5. I agree about Rachel. I’m the one who’s stupid. Not her.
    Agree about Fifty Grand. Also about Lighthouse 2.
    As I said, I’m getting round to liking the end.
    I think Seana might agree with me about the swearing. She didn’t say, but I think so. Swearing might well be a male v female thing. And I suspect that’s why Fifty Grand felt ‘softer’, despite its content.
    I will always recommend your books. But not to the Resident IT Consultant.

  6. I am pretty used to the swearing, actually. I mean in books, in life, everywhere. Santa Cruz is probably saltier in its language than you’d think, and it’s not down to one gender, either. It’s true that I’m not much of a swearer, though once I start, it’s time for others to run.

    Yeah, Fifty Grand had a great ending too. But there was something about this one that was almost mythic.

  7. So Dan Brown doesn´t…? I am not quite sure I´ll buy that difference as an argument FOR reading Adrian´s book, but I´ll think about it 😉

  8. Falling Glass is nothing like Dan Brown, Dorte. Though Adrian does do a mean Dan Brown impression. Mean as in fine, not mean as in mean, I mean.

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