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Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly

Reviewed by Gillian, Berkelouw Books, Mona Vale


This is the sixth Sean Duffy novel to be delivered by Irish ex-pat Adrian McKinty. The story is set in Belfast in 1988, a time of great volatility and trouble. Duffy is one of the few Catholic members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and thus a natural outsider. He has just become a father and is increasingly aware of his vulnerability and mortality.  As he investigates the strange murder of a new man in town Duffy is thrown into conflict with, well, almost everyone. This fast-paced thriller crackles with humour and wonderful dialogue. Duffy is man of culture and discernment with an appreciation of music, poetry and language – as well as the lover of a quick spliff in the shed and a shot of quality vodka (in this case in the company of a Romanian diplomat – all relative to the plot of course.). The great news is that there are already five earlier Sean Duffy novels for us to enjoy.

Highly recommended by the Berkelouw Books Crime Book Club.

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