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The Dead Yard

by Adrian McKinty

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THE DEAD YARD by Adrian McKinty is Book 2 of The Michael Forsythe series.
It is the sequel to DEAD I WELL MAY BE and segues quite seamlessly from the 1st title into the 2nd, even though some years have passed and Michael is in the Witness Protection Program.
A little blackmail on the part of British Intelligence puts Michael in a dangerous operation, infiltrating a very dangerous Irish terrorist group in the Boston area.
Our Michael is very smart - full of philosophical musings, witty remarks and self-depracation. But it his street-smarts that count, and he puts his life on the line dealing with Touched, Gerry, Sonia, Jackie and Kit. A monstrous group.
The book is so violent, so full of vicious, sadistic and depraved acts of violence and torture, it is hard to read at times.
I don’t know if I can ever visit (or even drive through) northern Massachusetts after reading this book. It left me with such a sense of bleakness and depression.
I also live 20 miles from Belfast, Maine (where Gerry’s ‘cabin’ was) and I will never think of my house in rural Maine in quite same way again. ( )
  diana.hauser | Jun 14, 2016 |
Second book in the series.
Northern Irish fugitive in hiding under witness protection, because of his role in previous involvement in bringing down Irish mobsters, puts himself in a position where he is unable to refuse to be involved in infiltrating an Irish-American splinter IRA group.
Well-written, black humour and extremely violent. Gripping read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Adrian McKinty’s THE DEAD YARD is the second novel in the Dead Trilogy starring Michael Forsythe, an Irish mercenary.
Michael is trying to lie low in order to avoid being sent back to a Mexican prison he escaped from. Unfortunately, he gets picked up in Spain, where he is given a choice to either infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell in the United States, or go to Mexico. He chooses the U.S. assignment.
The story is told from Michael’s POV and he can be very funny in his comments (in between the torture/murders of the terrorists).
The pace is fast and I love the main character. Having read all three books in the series, I’m sad that Michael’s adventures have ended, but I’m looking forward to McKinty’s new book, FIFTY GRAND, coming out in April 2009.
~Stephanie ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
A book I picked up casually when I was looking for novels w/ the IRA. A fantastic bloody violent ride w/ an offshoot of the IRA in America that won't stop their plotting even when there is a peace treaty in the offering and the bad-a** man forced into stopping them. ( )
  kanata | Apr 11, 2010 |
Audiobook. I believe I bought this book because it was a well reviewed reading (with Irish voice) and a "thriller." I gave it a try. I finished the book because of the voice. But this book ended up annoying me big time. First of all there are some overwrought, pretty silly passages of writing. The the violence of the torture--especially the last scene which took something like 2 hours outloud--was just too much. Not enough interest in the events (late IRA, peace context) or characters (Irish in America). Why did I finish? Mostly the voice. And like a good girl I finished my task. But I am not planning to buy the prequel to this book.
  idiotgirl | Feb 10, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743499484, Mass Market Paperback)

[This is the MP3CD audiobook format in vinyl case.]

[Read by Gerard Doyle]

*Winner of the 2007 Audie® Award for Best Suspense Thriller Narration
*Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
*One of Publishers Weekly's Best Fiction Books of 2006

In this riveting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, mercenary bad boy Michael Forsythe is back, and he's forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and possibly his own execution.

While on holiday in Spain, Michael Forsythe is arrested in the chaos of a soccer riot and hauled off to jail. Back on the wrong side of the law, the Belfast native has no hope of release--until a seductive female British Intelligence Agent makes him an offer he can't refuse: Avoid jail time in a Mexican hellhole by taking on a special FBI assignment and infiltrating a dangerous Irish terrorist cell back in the States. Within hours Michael is thrust into the nightmarish world of madmen known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge, all while trying to hide his true identity. Coming face-to-face with murder, deceit, and lustful desire in all the wrong places, Michael knows that in order to survive he must kill--or be killed.

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"In this sequel to Dead I Well May Be, mercenary bad boy Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell on behalf of the FBI, and thus confront murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution. This saga continues with The Dead Yard, a thriller in which Michael Forsythe must insinuate himself into the good graces of a band of calculating political terrorists." "As the novel opens, he's on vacation in Spain, but when a soccer riot between Irish and English fans escalates out of control, Michael is suddenly arrested and thrown into a Spanish prison. Enter Samantha, a British intelligence agent as cunning as she is voluptuous. She makes Michael an offer he cannot refuse: instead of being extradited to Mexico to serve time for a prison break, he can help her by infiltrating an IRA sleeper cell in the United States, and she'll see to it that the Spaniards and Mexicans forget all about him. Filled with apprehension about the dangers of the assignment, Michael reluctantly agrees. Within hours he is flown to New York City and thrust into the nightmare world of men known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge. Michael crosses and double-crosses key players, escapes his own lies by a hairsbreadth, loses his only ally, and falls for the daughter of his enemy - a most inadvisable development."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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