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The Cold, Cold Ground Audiobook

The Cold, Cold Ground

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Adrian McKinty (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    bonnie 03-20-13
    bonnie 03-20-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Characters that make me want more"

    Adrian McKinty has taken us back to Ireland in the early 80's and fills our senses with sights and sounds of the place and era. Sometimes the main character seems a little immature given his position education and background, but none of that detracted from a good story and a better yet view of life in Ireland during a decidedly hard time. I keep wondering: so where is our hero now, in 2013?

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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-23-13
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-23-13
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    "Enjoyable yarn"

    This is a bueatifuly assembled piece, the story skips along perfectly transporting the reader back to Ireland in the eighties. just when you feel comfortable installed within the qwaint life and cold days of Irish life, your suddenly jolted into the electrifying fear and brutality of their previous reality

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    Michele 02-22-13
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    "Really Really Good"

    I was expecting something overly political, but I was desperate to read another Adrian McKinty book because I consider him a master story teller, and I'd listen to anything narrated by Gerard Doyle. The book wasn't focused on politics and turned out to be a really good solid story, with compelling characters. After Michael this one is my favourite.

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    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 02-17-13
    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.

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    "Okay detective story"
    Where does The Cold, Cold Ground rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an okay book. The narrator took a bit of getting used to. There were some good twists and turns which kept you interested. By part 2 it kept you hooked in. It's a pretty good listen


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    It took me a bit to find the rhythm of the book, but it was worth the initial effort – loved it, it got better and better as the book unfolded. Great ending ~ !

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    RA4 02-04-13
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"
    What did you love best about The Cold, Cold Ground?

    Sean Duffy. He's a very well rounded character, very real character.


    Any additional comments?

    The protagonist, Sean Duffy is such a real character. In volatile Northern Ireland with bombings, hunger strikes and what looks like a serial killer, Duffy is driven to solve the murders and distracted by a beautiful doctor. There are so many layers to this book and protagonist. As soon as I finished the book, I looked up the author to see if the second in the series was out.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    Great writing and very entertaining. Very violent. Adrian McKinty is a very accomplished writer. I have listened to all of his books and loved them all.

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    Jennifer Whittier, CA, United States 12-29-12
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    "Great book read by a great narrator"
    Would you listen to The Cold, Cold Ground again? Why?

    What can I say - an Adrian McKinty book read by Gerard Doyle. A match made in heaven.


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    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12
    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as good as anticipated"

    I thought I would like this book better. The mystery was good, but I just really didn't care about the characters. There are more books by this author, but I wasn't impressed enough to download any more books by him or about this character.

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    Lisa Martin Ohio 12-24-12
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    "excellent story- FANTASTIC narration"

    The only bad thing I can say is that I have now listened to all of the McK/Doyle books and I have to wait for another

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