Listening Length: 12 hours and 25 minutesI didnt want to go to America, I didnt want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went.So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ButMoreListening Length: 12 hours and 25 minutesI didnt want to go to America, I didnt want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons.
But I went.So admits Michael Forsythe, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. But young Michael is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month. Michael and his lads tumble through the streets, shaking down victims, drinking hard, and fighting for turf, block by bloody block.Dodgy and observant, not to mention handy with a pistol, Michael is soon anointed by Darkey as his rising star.
Meanwhile Michael has very inadvisably seduced Darkeys girl, Bridget, saucy, fickle, and irresistible. Michael worries that hes being followed, that his affair with Bridget will be revealed. Hes right to be anxious- when Darkey discovers the affair, he plans a very hard fall for young Michael, a gambit devilish in its guile, murderous in its intent.But Darkey fails to account for Michaels toughness and ingenuity or the possibility that he might wreak terrible vengeance upon those who would betray him.A natural storyteller with a gift for dialogue, McKinty introduces to readers a stunning new noir voice, dark and stylish, mythic and violent, complete with an Irish lilt.©2003 Adrian McKinty- (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks