Synopses & Reviews
In the heart-stopping finale of the Dead trilogy, tough guy Michael Forsythe bad-boy antihero of the critically acclaimed Dead I Well May Be
and The Dead Yard
returns to his native Ireland, where a dangerous and beautiful old flame forces Michael to look for her daughter, who has mysteriously disappeared in Belfast.
Laying low in South America, Michael has been running security for the Miraflores Hilton in Lima, Peru, juggling temperamental tourists, irksome dignitaries, and the occasional lady of the night. But Michael's colorful life in Lima comes to a violent halt with the arrival of two Colombian hit men who trap him in one of the hotel's rooms and force him at gunpoint to take a call from Bridget Callaghan in Ireland.
Michael and Bridget have a lot of history. For one, they used to be lovers. For another, Michael killed Bridget's husband. Bridget offers Michael a terrible choice: come find my daughter, or my men will kill you now.
Michael arrives in Dublin on Bloomsday, June 16th, the date that James Joyce's Ulysses takes place but whether this coincidence augurs well for him or foretells his end can't yet be known. In the span of this single day, he penetrates the heart of an IRA network, is kidnapped, escapes, then worms his way into the criminal underground in search of the missing girl. Never certain who to trust, Michael keeps his revolver close at hand and doesn't hesitate to use it outsmarting at every turn any number of determined would-be assassins.
Before the day is out, on a windswept ocean cliff, Michael finds himself face-to-face with the kidnappers as well as the lovely and murderous Bridget. It is there that he must finally confront a series of shocking truths not just about others but, above all, about himself as well.
Riveting, violent, witty, and lyrical, The Bloomsday Dead is vintage McKinty. Packed with crackling dialogue and one-of-a-kind characters, here is an unforgettable new crime novel from a master of literary suspense and the author of The Dead Yard, which Publishers Weekly named one of the fifteen best novels of 2006.
"Bullets fly and Joycean literary references ricochet everywhere." New York Times
"Reading any of McKinty's novels is a verbal treat, a contact high of an experience." Rocky Mountain News
"Michael Forsythe is a virtuoso mayhem machine except when it comes to handling his fatal attraction to Bridget Callaghan, the ex-girlfriend turned New York Irish mob boss who's been trying to kill him for a decade.... Raise a glass; young Forsythe will be missed." Booklist (starred review)
Attending to his usual challenges as the head of security for the Miraflores Hilton in Lima, Michael Forsythe receives an impassioned summons from a dangerous ex-lover, Bridget, who threatens Michael's life if he fails to rescue her kidnapped daughter. By the author of Dead I Well May Be. 20,000 first printing.
About the Author
Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, when terrorism in Ulster was at its height. Educated at Oxford University, he then immigrated to New York City, where he lived in Harlem for five years, working in bars and on construction crews, as well as a stint as a bookseller. He is the author of Hidden River and Dead I Well May Be, which was short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. He lives in Denver, Colorado.