But things don't go as planned. Plagued by a heroin habit, forced to go on the run after the only credible witness to Victoria's murder is accidentally killed, wanted by both the Colorado cops and the Ulster police, Alex struggles just to stay alive.
Gritty, with spot-on dialogue and black humor, Hidden River is a dynamic thriller.
©2004 Adrian McKinty; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"This is not only an expertly crafted suspense novel but also a revealing study of addiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"A storyteller with the kind of style and panache that blur the line between genre and mainstream."(Kirkus Reviews)
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"Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
This pairing of author and reader is so good! The basic outline of the story is very similar to Dead I Well May Be: young, down-and-out Irishman comes to the US only to find greater troubles there. This is more complex in that herion-addicted Alex proves to be his own worst enemy and the troubles just keep snowballing. Part of the suspense is waiting for Alex to just wake up and see what the rest of us have already figured out. What makes audiobook really special, though, is Gerard Doyle. His style is so natural and conversational you'd never know he had written material in front of him. He simply becomes Alex and tells us his story. He's a remarkable reader. Highly recommended listening.
"My favorite McKinty novel"
Apart from the Lighthouse series, I have read all the McKinty novels on audible.com. I enjoyed immensely each one as I read them one after the other. However, Hidden River is my favorite. Exciting story with many unusual twists especially towards and at the end. Gerard Doyle does an extraordinary job as narrator making each character come to life. I am from Newfoundland (Canada) and I particularly enjoy the Irish humor which is abundant despite the nature of the novel.
This is undoubtedly a "must-read'.
"90% McKinty On H... 10% Cop Story... Meh!"
Alex Lawson ain't Michael Forsyth or Sean Duffy.Those dark denizens of McKinty's greater epics know about story telling as opposed to drug levered mystical introspection. The 70s are over Adrian. Magical mystery tours are dead'er than Lennon... Both of them. The drug addled Irish author is a cliché that smears my ancestry. Worse yet, endless hours of self examination pissed through a heroin filter are tedious. If this was the point, hell, just tell us that in the first sentences and get on with a story.
As for challenge, this one's obvious to every listener about half an hour in (which seems like ten times as long). Even Gerard Doyle can't toss the druggie embellishments over the side to let a plot emerge. And then all the good stuff's crammed into an epilogue? If by good stuff, one means plot and story line. Otherwise Hidden River's about a jerk endlessly acting like... a jerk.
Increasingly McKinty sounds like an English-Lit major who needed a job. Apparently I'm through giving Adrian McKinty books 12 to 15 stars. This one deserves a black hole.
"I love this narrator"
I love this narrator. he has narrated other books by this author and I really liked all of them. The deep Irish lilt of the narrator makes the main character very easy to like. I also like that his main characters seem to all be flawed heros. They are not even very good people sometimes but you love them anyways
"Edged with tension, revealed in great dialog"
McKinty can take you into a seedy dangerous community and make you feel comfortable. The realism, the feeling of normalcy inside of disfunction that McKinty portrays is what puts the edge to his stories. The dialog is written with beauty and the narrator is fantastic. If you like edgy tension filled suspense written with skill and an eye for the eccentric then McKinty is an author you should explore. This is a book I do recommend with the caveat that the story moves in a very seedy world where drug use and sex are a part of the story.
"You have to like the narration"
I really enjoyed listening to the "Dead" series by Adian McKintey so decided to download this one as well. It's a good story - I with I had listened to it before the others. It's a nice story line, a good narrator (if you like the Irish broque), a really nice listen - worth the credit.
"A simple story, richly told..."
An abridgement of this book would be an absolute sin. This very personal, intimate story of a young and brilliant man in over his head before the book even opens, is wonderfully written and warmly and plaintively read. Rich, ample literary and historical references are inserted with grace and style, and Alexander Lawson may well be the most-hapless anti-hero in modern fiction. A very suitable place for a Jewish ex-cop from Belfast. McGinty has captured the seamy side of Denver and the air of American politics with astonishing aplomb. I'll be looking for any more books from this author, and I hope that Gerard Doyle will be reading them.
"It was okay"
It was okay, but I thought it to be a bit boring - unlike the Michael Forsyth character in the author's other books. Not sure why I felt this way, but listening to the number of times this guy would shoot up his dope may be the reason. I found nothing interesting about how a junkie feels while on a high.
Actually, the mystery of this book is not hard to figure out but it is the journey you take with the main character of revealing the raw complexities of human nature and overcoming his personal tragedies and flaws that make this novel so refreshing. Wonderfully complex and realistic, you won't regret listening to this one. This author/narrator combination is easily among the best on Audible. One caveat: the language is pretty strong so don't listen with the kids.
"all 3 of this author's books are fantastic"
Loved all three books of this author's book. And my 85-year old father loved them, as well. The reader is fantastic. And the books really take you into another world. They hold your attention the whole time. And the stories are exciting and moving.
It’s not crucial, but I would read “Dead I well may be” before “The Dead Yard,” as you are following the same charter. Hidden River is a totally independent book.
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