I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Worthy follow-up to In the Cold Cold Ground, with more of The Troubles' effect on daily life in Belfast forming the backdrop to the hints of the start of the Emerald Tiger era, namely the DeLorean factory and the hopes for investment and employment in Ireland. Of course, both historically and to conform to the dictates of the genre, nothing will go smoothly. I'm starting to enjoy the incidental characters as much as the team Duffy works on - his neighbors, the news seller, etc. - because they feel real, not comic relief. One concern is the number of bullets and beatings he's going to take before totally breaking down, physically and mentally, or are we readers supposed to suspend belief regarding their toll on the body and mind?