Auch dieser Duffy-Krimi hat mir gut gefallen. Ein interessanter Mordfall im Belfast der 80er-Jahre, und wie so oft bei McKinty geht es um viel mehr als nur die Opfer des Crossbow-Mörders. Duffy deckt Polizei-Korruption, einen alten Mordfall und lebhaften Drogenhandel zwischen Nord-Irland und den damals noch Staaten des Ostblocks auf, wird von Killerkommandos der IRA gejagt und trifft schließlich eine Entscheidung...
Achtung - potentieller SPOILER:
Ob wir Sean Duffy nochmal wiedersehen, lässt McKinty am Ende elegant offen. Mein Tipp wäre ja. Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass Duffy es wirklich lassen kann...
P.S.: Die Rezension basiert auf der englischen Hörbuchausgabe)
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Belfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain't Injuns and it isn't Robin Hood. Uncovering exactly who has done it will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on the high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.
Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece. And this time, help isn’t coming …
Sean Duffy is back. He is the father of a young girl and planning to settle down with his partner Beth. As difficult as it might be to imagine Duffy as a gentle family man, things are looking to change for him. But first there is a little case of a dead drug dealer to solve. It looks plain and simple: the guy wasn’t paying protection money, so the IRA offed him, or it was an act of vengeance from a family member of a dead drug addict. Even though the use of a crossbow as a murder weapon seems a bit … extravagant. After several dead ends in the investigation however Duffy and his trusted sidekicks Sergeant McCrabban and Constable Lawson began to feel that there might be more to the case.
For a character that was supposed to retire after three novels Sean Duffy is still in remarkably good health in this sixth instalment. Okay, at least mentally he is, his physical state shows signs of deterioration since he is developing asthma and fails the fitness test required for police officers. A troubling development which could even make him unfit for duty.
Duffy might be a great detective, but he is also unpromotable due to trouble in the past and must watch in horror how his nemesis at the station, inspector Dalziel is promoted to chief inspector. Dark days are lying ahead and Duffy is going to need all the help he can get.
Adrian McKinty has written another wonderfully entertaining entry in - as Ian Rankin calls it - " his masterpiece" the Sean Duffy series. There is a playfulness and humour here that is particularly delightful - the narrative alternating between scenes of hilarity and grim realism.
Sure, the series has always been funny, but you can tell that the author is perfectly confident in his setting, knowing Duffy’s world inside out. The more gentle moments, such as Duffy’s visit to his aging parents at the beginning, are as beautifully rendered as the scenes of violence. Also kudos for bringing back Jet the cat a new addition to the Duffy family from Rain Dogs.
Police At The Station And They Don’t Look Friendly (already a contender for most eccentric title of the year) creeps up on you slowly and grabs you by the throat when you expect it the least.
The ending is nothing short of spectacular. McKinty knows how to write a breathless action sequence but it’s the emotional resonance that will stay with you long after the end.
Police At The Station And They Don’t Look Friendly is a mature work from an always reliable author that will no doubt delight all his fans.
There is only one question that remains to be answered: Is this the end for our favourite Irish copper?
Mc Kinty leaves room open for a further instalment, which could be great news for readers and not so great for Sean Duffy given that mild SPOILER: Police At The Station And They Don’t Look Friendly ends on an almost optimistic note, I have a feeling things will only be able to go downhill from here.
“Mc Kinty is always the highlight of a crime reader’s year.” – exclaims the blurb from the Sydney Morning Herald. It would be sad if this indeed turned out to be the highlight of my crime reading year since there are more than 10 months left, but come the end of the year it will be hard to beat McKinty’s poetic prose and dynamic storytelling for the No. 1 spot on my annual Top 10 list.
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