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)
Excellent prose and a great plot. What a delight to listen to this story (well, as long as I was braced for the brutal parts). So glad I gave this one a try, it's a Grade A crime novel. Now looking forward to my next Adrain McKinty novel.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
This is a beautifully constructed story to be enjoyed more than once. For goodness' sake, don't do what I did; before anything else, study up on Irish politics before you listen! Don't just listen to hear what happened next! I greatly enjoyed this book while badly stressed in my own life. It put my own little troubles quite in perspective when Sean checked every single time under his car for bombs! The sex is good and sweet. The violence is there, but not gross. The double-dealing is horrific. The whole book manages to be colorful and anything but boring, despite the grey weather, grey scenery, wasteland neighborhoods. I really like this detective, his simple living, his simple but cool outfits, and his record collection. I well remember when record collections were key. It was great fun letting a visitor to your apartment go thru your LP's and be impressed with your good taste! Whether jazz or classical or New Christy Minstrels.
The narrator has a very strange accent which I got used to and found refreshing. For sure we've come a long way, baby, from my last listen -- Eudora Welty! There is some slang people might not get at first. I loved the descriptions and all the details showing how enlightened people might nicely decorate an egg carton of a home and manage to live creatively despite the destruction and danger. I am so glad this author has chosen my country to raise his family. I used to live in San Francisco upstairs from the founder of The Pub Quiz. Now I begin to understand what Liam had escaped by coming here. Thank you, Mr. McKinty!
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It took me several tries to get into the story, but as a stream grows fed by tributaries into a powerful force of nature, so did this narration.
The narrator's lilt and cadence and native accent, further contributed to the natural flow and intensity of the story's events. The combination of a good tale and a well matched narrator, impacted on how the pieces fell into a perfectly mixed flow; on how all the feeding streams converged to make the interest grow; and on how the roar of the tale was able to drown all other interests, to successfully catch the reader's full attention in its eddies of intrigue and secrets.
This is a story of a conflicted catholic Irish detective working with protestants in the midst of the hunger strikes, the political maneuvers, the prejudices and hatred of religion, and the conflicted sexuality of the players, where many factors of the troubled Irish history are mixed with perfectly fluid precision, which result in a natural and moving experience, dragging you in as a nature's force.
A tale of a series of hate crimes cleverly using and exploiting the circumstances of all those involved, and a smart detective determined to find the connection between the murders of men who were reputed to be gay, the disappearance of a young woman, the Protestant-Catholic conflict, the dangers of Belfast during the era, and the politicos biding for power, and the main character's identity crisis; they all make for a powerful story only made better by the author's flawless performance and his wonderfully tinged with emotions voice.
What was better the story or the narrator? What shall I say, Doyle made the experience more intense; or was it McKinty who provided the perfect tale only to be enhanced by Doyle? Or do they flow together in a stream of great story telling, pulling us in until the end of the book and leaving us, the readers, hungering for more?
As far as the mystery went, it managed to stomp me, even if I had guessed much, and that is a feat, trust me, I am who guesses a who-done-it very early on. This is one book I would recommend without hesitation.
Adrian McKinty tells a wonderful story, and Gerard Doyle is a great narrator. I get bored when the climactic chase scene is dragged out and every detail of the car bumping over the road is spelled out. Mr. McKinty does not do that, and the climactic scenes are not one long chase scene around streets, but twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
I also like Mr. McKinty's understanding of how sociopaths think, and how he weaves that into the story in a very subtle way. His blog is really good, too. He posts frequently, and it's kind of fun to feel like you can interact with him through the comments.
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?
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
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.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
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
Sean Duffy. He's a very well rounded character, very real character.
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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