Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Review of Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Serpent's Tail, 2016)
Two years since Sean Duffy’s last outing in Gun Street Girl and he’s still a somewhat listless detective inspector in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. In this fifth instalment in the series Duffy’s love life once again flounders and he’s presented with an intriguing locked-room mystery. At the heart of the case is sex abuse ring linked to Jimmy Saville and others, which Duffy finds difficult to investigate. There’s no doubt that McKinty has created a superior police procedural series. As with the previous four books, Rain Dogs presses all the right buttons – an engaging flawed lead character, a strong sense of place and time, nice contextualisation, and a thoughtful, clever plot with an interesting puzzle. And, as usual, it’s written in his distinctive prose and laced with dark humour. The story is a little flat in the middle at times and it would have been fascinating for the Saville angle to be explored a bit more, but nonetheless the tale is another strong addition to this excellent series.