Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Review of I Hear Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty (Serpent’s Tail, 2013)
I Hear Sirens in the Street is the second book in the Sean Duffy trilogy. The first, The Cold, Cold Ground was one of my best reads of 2012. This book has many of the same qualities - good historical contextualisation and intertextuality, politically and socially; well-penned, credible characters; a good balance between on and off-duty storylines; and strong sense of place. In particular, the interaction between characters is very good and some of the dialogue sparkles, the prose is often wonderful, and Duffy is a compelling lead character - complex and flawed yet likeable. Where the story is a little weak at times is with respect to pace and plot. For the most part the story flies along, but in the middle section the pace slackens and the narrative felt a little slow and padded. With respect to plot, there were a few elements of questionable credibility or acted as obvious plot devices. They served the story and made for a dramatic climax to the book but nevertheless jarred a little. Overall, I Hear Sirens in the Street is a compelling and entertaining read and I’m very much looking forward to reading the final instalment in the trilogy.