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Gun Street Girl

Detective Sean Duffy - A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

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Shortlisted for the Anthony, Ned Kelly, and Edgar® Awards! 

Belfast, 1985, amidst the “Troubles”:  Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister’s daughter died of a heroin overdose.  This may or may not have something to do with Kelly’s subsequent death. 

New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he’s getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation.

Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove his undoing.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 12, 2015 – Fans of Ned Kelly Award winner McKinty's Troubles trilogy (The Cold Cold Ground, etc.) will welcome this fourth outing for Sean Duffy, a Catholic detective for the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, in 1985 Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Fighting internal forces on the one side and dealing with pressure from MI5 on the other, Duffy looks into the double murder of 22-year-old Michael Kelly's parents. Michael apparently jumped off a cliff to his death after shooting them in the family living room. True to police procedural form, Duffy keeps up the world-weary demeanor even when his investigation calls the initial causes of the murders and suicide into doubt. Though the precarious Northern Irish context adds color and McKinty has a flair for detail (Duffy has to check under his car for bombs every time he drives), Duffy's humdrum love affairs, with his one-dimensional romantic interests and McKinty's stock dialogue, only reinforce old clich s.

Customer Reviews


Initially i was was a little PO'd to find book @ $9.99 was written in '85.

But when I realized it was about that scum bucket Ollie North and his accomplished co-constitional traitor St Ronnie, I was quite pleased with this read.

Gun Street Girl
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Police Procedural
  • Published: Mar 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 313 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Detective Sean Duffy
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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