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The Cold, Cold Ground | [Adrian McKinty]

The Cold, Cold Ground

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.
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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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    Gardener 05-30-12
    Gardener 05-30-12

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    "Conservative Readers Beware"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who don't have a problem with bad language and subject matter will probably not be bothered at all by this book.


    Has The Cold, Cold Ground turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope, I love murder mysteries.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The performance is great and the historical setting of the book really pulls you in.


    Any additional comments?

    Very bad language and some subject matter that may make you a little uncomfortable if you're a more conservative reader. Most of you probably won't have a problem with it but if that kind of thing bothers you just be aware.

    37 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 03-23-12
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 03-23-12 Member Since 2014

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    "No better combination"
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    This is the 5th or 6th combination of Gerard Doyle and Adrian McKinty. There are some other author reader combinations that are as good, but none are better. Fine writing and an outstanding reading! If you have not tried one of these books, this is not a bad one to start with. McKinty's subject matter can sometimes be a little brutal but it is so, so worth it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 08-12-14
    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy W 03-19-14
    Amy W 03-19-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Main Character Immature and Ending Unbelievable"

    I thought the writing was good, but the main character was immature and not at all likeable. The ending was not believable but might appeal to those individuals who like vigilante justice. I will not be reading any more books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-18-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Good, but not gripping"

    The story was a good one, interesting enough. But it didn't keep me awake at night listening like others of this genre do. I always enjoy listening to mysteries and stories of different countries, particularly at war time, and had no trouble listening to the end. Just not a five star . . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-25-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "A Gripping Sense of Time & Place"

    Belfast in the 1980s defines.... (get ready to look it up..) dystopian. There, I finally worked that word into a conversation, but it fits like a mercury-switched bomb beneath an Ulster cop's car. The Troubles are rumbling all about with the caprice of Northern Irish weather when a psycho-sexual serial killer challenges the police. Adrian McKinty's ear is laser aimed at the moment, and he hears for us the way average people struggled to create a sense of normalcy, even if normal meant solving a kinky murder mystery during the heat of a civil war.

    I wish that Gerard Doyle, whose own wonderful accent delivers us believably into this space, was just a tad broader at capturing the various Irish dialects which the author assigns to certain of this ensemble cast. But, that's a piddling complaint. Sure n'-I'm-thinkin' that this is both a cultural and procedural investigation which takes the reader on a trip to what's, thankfully, history now: For at least as long as the truce that Clinton and Mitchell so powerfully negotiated between Irish and Brits some fifteen years ago.

    I'm off to find me a bit more from Adrian McKinty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Rands Belleville, IL 08-15-13
    Lynda Rands Belleville, IL 08-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful writing - story, not so much"

    I love Adrian McKinty's work. He can really deliver a sentence and can bring events to life in a powerful, lyrical way. Unfortunately, this book suffered from not having a whole hell of a lot going on. The central mystery is vaguely interesting, but then gets wrapped up in another one, and then the hero spends too much time wandering to and fro in Belfast. Still, it is worth the listen, for a wonderful soft irish brogue and the all-too-occasional time when something happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 06-21-13
    Aaron 06-21-13
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    "Police Procedural set in early 80's Ireland"


    The backdrop for this novel is: the Irish "civil war" between the Catholics and the Protestants (think 'car bombs' and the IRA) However, these events are merely the stage in which the actual story is played-out. The primary storyline follows clues surrounding a murder mystery.

    "Cold,Cold Ground" offers a fine match of narrator and story, but aside from that (and the somewhat unique setting) it is relatively standard fare for this genre.

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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 06-10-13
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 06-10-13

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "Ireland is far Grander through the voice of Doyle"

    Adrian McKinty has walked me through 4 books so far in true descriptive imagery of my 2nd generation removed Homeland. This is a spectacular and descriptive tale.
    I can not get enough. The voice and cadence of Gerard Doyle is ingrained in my mind.
    This; the first of two, has me needing to take a breath from the imagery and excitement this book brings to this Scottish-Irish man. Or to any Man or Woman who craves to learn ; even through fiction, the lands of which blood has been shed for decades.
    A must read for those who need a real masterpiece from a different side of our globe and human trials and suffrage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Bordentown, NJ, United States 07-20-12
    Karen Bordentown, NJ, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love that Irish, and no mistake!"
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    Adrian McKinty's writing style and stories are magic, and Gerard Doyle is the perfect narrator for them. Every sentence has rhythm, the characters are complex and real, and the plots draw you in. Plus there's a lot of great comedy. Doyle is the perfect channel for McKinty's withering insults, and you'll be laughing (and wincing) even as something very unpleasant is happening to some unfortunate thug. I just finished the "dead" trilogy (had already listened to 'cold, cold ground' and the others), and now I want more. Only the Lighthouse series is left, and while it's not might favorite genre, it's Adrian McKinty so I'll give it a try. (McKinty's books are as good as Stieg Larsen's; they should be movies too.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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