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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.

    36 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Abbie New Bedford, MA, United States 02-29-12
    Abbie New Bedford, MA, United States 02-29-12
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    "Just Not My Idea of Great"

    If you're into explicit descriptions of violent death, you'll love this book. I'm not and I didn't. It's not the kind of book I'd listen to again and again.

    Although Adrian McKinty is truly an accomplished artist, in my opinion his talent is wasted on so much dreary violence. He writes as though there's nothing else for human beings to be interested in.

    He creates a lovable character in a gripping plot, but then surrounds him with horrible murders, at which we are also compelled to look, in all their ghastly details. The story seems to promise a psychological mystery involving a homophobic serial killer who leaves clues containing mythological allusions. But it rapidly becomes just another detective story in which we encounter the typical rookie cop (who is right, of course) getting busted, chewed out, and taken off the case by his superiors. Predictably, he goes about solving the case on his own at the risk of losing his job. A note to authors, editors, and agents: WE KNOW HOW THIS PLOT GOES, ALREADY!

    The fact that this author is one of Audible's listeners' most favorites is a sad statement about how much fictional evil we call good these days.

    I agree totally with every plaudit the previous listeners have given the narrator, Gerard Doyle. He's got many great voices with appropriate accents, perfect timing, and excellent tone. He reads as though he is the character and we're in the character's mind with him.



    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 07-05-13
    John NJ, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Pretty average story, a bit slow actually"

    I enjoyed the first in the Micheal Forsythe series by McGinty, and thought the second was ok, but not as good, so i decided to try a different set of characters by the same author. I wanted to like this book because i do enjoy the "edge" he gives his heros, but i found this story pretty blah. My mind drifted more than a few times because it wasn't holding my interest. Not sure i'll try this author again at this point. Narration was quite good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-05-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A Narrative Like None Other! LOVE It!"

    Where to begin? This author/narrator combo is awesome! The story is so intriguing that I could not bare to stop listening -- and that means kudos to the narrator whose voice became music to my ears. This is a great detective story, not to be missed. . . written on a wonderful background of history from Ireland's brutal past. Will look for more books by this author and this narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 02-15-12
    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 02-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Terrific story and performance"

    Adrian McKinty is one of my favourite writers and this book is one of his best. The main character, Sean Duffy, is flawed and almost unlikeable at first. As the story progresses (and a great, twisting story it is), Sean's determination to find the truth wins out: there are no easy answers in 1980's Belfast, simply people trying to do the best they can to keep looking themselves in the mirror each day. Mr. McKinty masterfully re-creates the sights, sounds, and havoc of Belfast on the edge. This book will resonate with me for a long time. I don't often listen to books again; however, I will make an exception for this wonderful book because I am pretty sure I will enjoy it even more the second and third time around. And, I could listen to Gerard Doyle all day and all night- he's simply amazing. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 02-10-12
    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 02-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful!"

    This book took me on a trip to Ireland - to places I would be too scared to visit in my "real life" and to meet people I would never meet. The reading was fantastic - and I would never have felt so at home in Ireland without the guiding voice of Gerard Doyle.

    I enjoyed the excellent story, which ended as it should - though not as I expected, identified with certain qualities of the lead character who was suitably complex, and learned a little about the IRA and internal Irish politics, forensics and classical music.

    Just downloaded another book by the duo McKinty /Doyle. Hope I won't be disappointed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Lake Geneva, WI, United States 01-20-12
    Alan Lake Geneva, WI, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "For me, this is as good as it gets"

    A brilliant author. A superb narrator. What more can one ask? McKinty is as good a story teller as Nelson DeMille, at least as good with dialogue and characters as Robert Parker (bless his soul) was. His metaphors range from classical literature and mythology to popular culture. Listen a second time to to catch more of them. Doyle is a master. Multiple Irish, English, Scottish, American accents are no problem. Even a brief operatic solo in Italian is pleasant and leaves me wanting more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Columbia, MO, United States 01-15-12
    Jean Columbia, MO, United States 01-15-12
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    "No one does it better!"

    The joining of Adrian McKinty's story and Gerard Doyle's narration is a perfect marriage. McKinty creates characters that grab hold of us from the very beginning and never let go. Doyle's voice brings those characters alive. Don't miss this adventure.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 03-25-12
    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Should have purchased the abridged version"

    This is the first story I've listened to by Adrian McKinty. While the story seems historically accurate, and is compelling and creative, it simply went on for for too long. The number of investigative deads ends encountered became aggravating, and seemed to be included for no other reason than to extend the length of the story.

    Things didn't really get going until the last hour, when I think the puzzle pieces began to fit together. I say I think, because I'm not sure that everything was tied together as well as it should have been.

    Separately, the homosexual encounter mid-story was completely irrelevant, and from what I would have expected, entirely out-of-character for one of the participants. Seems as though it was thrown in for no reason but to add shock value, because it was never developed into the storyline.

    Finally, the title has absolutely no relevance to the story. Must have simply sounded catchy to the publisher.

    On a positive note, Gerard Doyle did a stellar job of narrating the story. His verbal dexterity added credence to the location and characters in the story. He is a truly talented actor.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    "Adrian McKinty Does It Again"

    Having absolutely loved the Dead trilogy and his last book, Falling Glass, I was so looking forward to The Cold, Cold Ground. I was not disappointed. The Cold, Cold Ground takes you through several murders occurring during the "Troubles" in Belfast in the 1980's. The authors ability to transport the reader/listener to Belfast during that time is what separates him from all the rest.

    Gerard Doyle is the narrator and, as he does in all of McKinty's books, is fantastic. I strongly recommend this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Lord knows the Troubles I've seen"

    Enjoyable story, well narrated. Gives a great snapshot of a time and a place. Who'd have been in the RUC? Grim business and an unusual perspective

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • david
    weymouth, United Kingdom
    2/22/13
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    "great book"

    all i can say is cant wait for more of his books. read them all they are great, also like gerard doyle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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