It took me a while to get into this book, but probably because it was different than what I was expecting (or hoping for). Much darker and more cynical than books I usually listen to. But the more I listened I couldn't help but be drawn into the story. The author paints a clear, if not haunting, picture of how it must have been living in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and you can't help but grow fond of Detective Sean Duffy (even with all his flaws). This definitely isn't a feel-good story, but it is wonderfully written and narrated. By the end there was no doubt I would be reading more by Adrian McKinty.
Gripping, atmospheric, detailed.
The last mystery/thriller novel I read was "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," so none really.
He has a phenomenal delivery and accent. The inflection he uses portrays the environment and mood of the story perfectly and I really felt transported to the early 1980s North Ireland.
I read very few mystery/thriller novels, but was attracted to this one because of the setting. After listening to a sample, I downloaded the book. I have been very impressed, both by McKinty's writing and Doyle's reading. I've already purchased the rest of the Troubles trilogy so I can continue Sean Duffy's story. This was not predictable, kept me guessing and really inspired me to continue reading it. I kept finding time to listen, even if it was just ten minutes. I cannot recommend this book, audio or print, enough.
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Good plot and characters. Irish setting and reader different and a refreshing change from American detective novels. I will look for more with Sean McDuffy. I saw 4 in Amazon. There are also other series and stand alone novels. The cold cold ground is a good one.
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The place is Belfast, 1981, and the Catholics and the Protestants are having a civil war. There are riots in the streets, homes and businesses are being burned to the ground. The unemployment rate is 20% but people begin to migrate, which leaves more jobs for those who have stayed.
Sergeant Sean Duffy is the new man at the precinct. He's Catholic, which he makes known but not his higher education. That's the main reason his rank is higher and he's the new man on the block. The other "peelers," cops, have their reservations but will make their judgment of Sean Duffy, after he has worked with them awhile.
There were two men dead because of their hunger strike, attempting to make a stand for changes to be made in the prison system. The pope has been shot in an assassination attempt. However, now it appears as if there is a serial murderer and the cops have never dealt with one let alone ever heard of one happening in Ireland.
Sgt. Duffy has been called to the scene of a murder. There, a man has been found inside the shell of a burnt out car. His right hand has been cut off. No identification has been made. When the autopsy has been done there appears to be an anomaly, which has left the cops scratching their heads.
The murders continue and as the police start to look further into the case, it appears as if someone is targeting homosexuals. Sgt. Duffy starts to believe that the murders are all connected. That is when he is removed from the case and is now solving bank robberies.
The book is exciting and keeps you wanting to hear more. The narrator is excellent and puts you in Ireland where the fighting is occurring. The emotions and differentiation between characters is commendable. When I listen to a book where there is history of an event such as happened in Belfast, I learn much more than what I knew. The character development is good. There is action and suspense. This is a different kind of mystery than the ones I have read before and that made this book an even better listen. Looking for a change, listen to, The Cold, Cold Ground.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
This is not a badly written book. However, it simply did not hold my interest. I waited several weeks to write this review because I was not sure what to say.
The bleak and battered Irish towns, the tormented main character ... just not my style. If I had to label it, I would say this book reminded me of a film-noire movie. If that appeals to you, please read this novel.
Northern Ireland in 1981 during "The Troubles", one murder, then another, seems to be a serial killer of homosexuals, but is it? Sean Duffy is in charge and going to find out, but has many obstacles to cross trying to get to the conclusion.
This book recreates a great backdrop of the politics and civil uprisings of that time. Was a good history lesson for me, with a fascinating crime mystery to solve.
The narration is exceptional with the accents and character differentiation.
Glad to hear this is the first of a trilogy.
Sean Duffy is a multi-faceted character who faces life and death in Northern Ireland as a catholic detective. McKinty's writing style gives Duffy a straight forward, no nonsense voice. The political climate, everyday strife of living in a war torn area, the descriptions and interactions with the rebel groups with power and the wonderful 80's references make this a fascinating read. The plot is a ride with much detecting going on while Duffy tries to get his personal life in motion. A great beginning to a great series.
This book was a total surprise. The subject is historically interesting (new perspective). I can't wait to read the rest of the books of the series. It is interesting as a police mystery, add a bit of romance and you have a wonderful book. The narrator is wonderful, gets the accents just right.
among the top 5
Sean Duffy of course, he's bent on justice but isn't a prissy
I laughed and couldn't stop listening!!!
Worth every cent, highly recommend
Adrian McKinty and Gerard Doyle are the perfect match. One hooks you with a dark atmosphere, believable characters and an enjoyable twisted plot and the other drags you into this world of the Troubles with an enjoyable sarcasm. 4 stars because of the wee ending.