Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Bloomsday Dead by Adrian McKinty

Anyone who murders a member of the Irish Mob in New York will have a target on their forehead, and Michael Forsythe doubled down by not only killing top men from the Irish Mob; he also testified against them. He’s stuck in the Witness Protection Program, working in hotel security, but he can’t outrun his past forever.

Bridget Callaghan’s men find Michael. Revenge isn’t what she has in mind, however. She needs his help because her daughter is missing in Belfast.

Bridget Callaghan has been looking for him, and this time, her men have caught up to Michael. However, Bridget hasn’t sent them to kill him. She wants him to come to Belfast to help her find her missing daughter, Siobhan.

Action and violence drive the narrative as Michael searches for Siohbhan. The story spans the glove from South America to North America to Mexico, Dublin and Belfast. It also weaves in history to provide context for current events.

Although I’m not usually a fan of present tense, Adrian McKinty is a master of description and prose. This is an intense thriller, and there’s a growing sense of urgency with every page you turn. The twists and turns make for a compelling read that keeps you engaged right to the satisfying ending.

McKinty also does a tremendous job of weaving in Ireland’s tumultuous history of violence and the current climate in Belfast at the time of the book. It’s authenticity adds to the impact of this work, which I highly recommend.

The Bloomsday Dead is the first book I’ve read by Adrian McKinty and it definitely won’t be my last. An author to watch for …” That’s what I said in 2007. McKinty is now a household name, with the success of his latest book, The Chain. His back catalogue remains as impressive as ever, and well worth your time.