In the Morning I’ll Be Gone

From St Kilda (again) to Northern Ireland and straight into my own past. Adrian McKinty’s third – and hopefully not last – Sean Duffy novel changes so much of real history as to make me wonder whether things actually happened as he says. It’s plausible enough.

The first two Duffy books brought back modern Irish history and reminded me of what it was like back in the early 1980s. This one, set in 1984, takes several steps further, involving the IRA and the British Government in the most satisfying of ways.

Duffy is no fool. He was unlucky at the end of the second book, but he soon bounces back in his own inimitable way. He gets faced with a locked room mystery which is very interesting on its own. But it’s the ramifications it might have on the IRA terrorist at large after a jailbreak which make it better still.

Adrian McKinty, In the Morning I'll Be Gone

I’ve said it before and I have to say it again; Adrian just doesn’t get any better than when he writes about his home town of Carrickfergus. Admittedly, he wasn’t an adult in the early 1980s, but he makes things up very well indeed.

You could read this book first, but you’d be a fool not to start with the right Duffy novel and read them in order. You’ll thank me for it. Seeing as In the Morning I’ll Be Gone isn’t published for another few weeks, you will have just enough time to read the first two.

(If I hadn’t already interviewed Adrian, I’d be off to do so now. And they say the UK television rights have been sold. Northern Ireland is bound to be the new Scandinavia…)

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8 responses to “In the Morning I’ll Be Gone

  1. UK television rights? That would be fantastic. Now that Downton Abbey seems to have run its course…

    Paradoxically perhaps, I have read it, but I can’t get it at the moment. I thought the locked room aspect was rather good, especially considering that this isn’t really his type of story.

  2. I kept thinking the locked room couldn’t be solved. But I did have suspicions in the right directions, for once.

  3. Its almost impossible to write a completely original locked room but I certainly tried my damndest!

    And I wouldnt hold my breath on that TV adaptation…

    But MANY thanks for the review…

  4. I haven’t got my copy yet so have only skimmed your review (yes I read reviews AFTER the book) but you have made my day because I spotted the words ‘locked room’ which, when combined with Sean Duffy, should just about make life perfect.

  5. You and Duffy in a locked room… Yes.

  6. Are any of his books available in Swedish yet?

  7. No. I’ve been thinking I need to put the pressure on some publishers. Swedes like the Irish. It’s perfect.
    But you can read them in English.

  8. I have just bought it on Kindle and I am really looking forward to ‘tucking in’!

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