Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.
In 2009 he moved to Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two children. His first full-length novel, Dead I Well May Be, was short-listed for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and its sequel, The Dead Yard, was selected as one of the twelve best novels of the year by Publishers Weekly.
In 2008 his debut young adult novel, The Lighthouse Land, was short-listed for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award and the 2008 Beehive Award. The final novel in the Dead trilogy, The Bloomsday Dead, was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award.
In 2011 Falling Glass was an Audible.com Best Thriller.
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“McKinty is a streetwise, energetic gunslinger of a writer, firing off volleys of sassy dialogue and explosive action that always delivers what it has promised.” (Irish Times)
“What makes McKinty a cut above the rest is the quality of his prose. His driven, spat-out sentences are more accessible than James Ellroy's edge-of-reason staccato, and he can be lyric.” (The Guardian)
“If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written.” (The Times, London)
My favorite genre is historical fiction and my second favorite genre is crime thrillers. This has both and I couldn't get enough. I definitely am not an expert on the "Troubles" in Ireland during the late 60s to early 90s and have enjoyed learning more about it through various books. This has been my favorite so far. I really enjoyed Sgt. Duffy's character--intelligent, down-to-earth, and witty. Very cool book.
I don't know if this is the only novel with Sgt. Duffy's character or if there are others as I would love to read more with him. But I will certainly be listening to other McKinty novels.
This is the second time hearing Gerard Doyle. He's great and cannot imagine anyone else narrating these stories about Ireland.
Great read by a good narrator, good character development, interesting plot and deals with a subject I know little about.
Felt justified in buying this title by a new author that entranced me!
Adrian McKinty has always been a solid writer, and he continues to mature. For all it's pyrotechnics, "Cold, Cold Ground" feels more restrained that, say, "Dead I Well May Be." The violence is more restrained than in previous works, and so is the language (although the opening is as beautiful as anything he's written).
Gerard Doyle is a great narrator for McKinty. I haven't liked him as much reading other books, but in these novels he shines.
Raw honest plausible exciting
Way better than the more popular american mystery/thrillers
want to read all of Mckinty's books
Great story. Empathetic protagonist. Excellent narration. Fantastic combination. This is what I look for in audio.
I was intrigued at a mystery taking place in Northern Ireland in the 1980's amidst a background of riots and hunger strikes. Neither the story nor the characters were especially engaging. While I enjoyed certain much of the local flavor, they were not enough to keep my interest. I tried to like this but couldn't.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
WOW! WOW! WOW! This book was outstanding on so many levels, but I have to say that because of Gerard Doyle's narration, it was so much better than if I'd read it. I wanted to listen to this book all the time (although I did have work to do so I couldn't). I found every opportunity to keep listening. I didn't know what would happen and was interested on that level. I learned a great deal about "the Troubles" and had to go read more about this time and the different "sides" during this time so that I knew more. This is a 5* story and a 6 or 7* performance. I'm buying more by this author and this narrator today.
I cannot imagine any narrator better suited to read Adrian McKinty books other than Gerard Doyle. Mr. Doyle has a way of inflecting the tone of the book in the way he reads. Because of that, Gerard wants you to be a part of the book more than just the listener, and if the event calls for the character to "sneak up" or be "stealthy", then he reads to reflect that mood. He reads quieter. If there are action sequences, he reads to reflect anxiety. These moods I feel as I listen and its awesome. I felt during many parts of the read the "suspense was killing me", and it was all how it was read by Mr. Doyle. It was amazing. There are many suspense moments that leave you feeling gratified at the end, and will want you to find out "what happens next". This was another outstanding title by Mr. McKinty, and I am hooked. I have read or listened to almost every book by this great author and I have never been disappointed. I am and will continue to be a dedicated fan. And as far as I'm concerned, Gerard Doyle is one of my most favorite narrators, and he can do no wrong. The way the ending of this book was set up, I cannot wait for another in the series involving this "new" hero. A perfect read. You will not be disappointed. And as with his other books, Mr. McKinty continues to picture Ireland in such a way where you will wonder "did I ever visit, because I feel like I did". Amazing. Outstanding. Perfect.
This may be my favorite of Adrian McKinty's books. It's certainly up there. As far as I know, a police procedural is a departure for McKinty and the form suits him well. The characters are vividly brought to life and the dialog is, as usual, whip-smart and often hilarious. Northern Ireland of the eighties is beautifully brought to life. It's interesting to follow the investigation in the time right before cell phones and the internet changed everything. Sometimes the alphabet soup of paramilitary groups gets a bit confusing but doesn't detract from the experience. I was sorry to reach the end of the book but I am heartened that it will be the first of a trilogy!
The narrative performance was delivered charmingly, however the book was a little too formula. Likewise, the climax took ions to reach.
His lilting Irish voice brought realism to the set.
Perhaps if Michael Fastbender played Sean.
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