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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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    Abbie 02-29-12
    Abbie 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.



    12 of 15 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 2015

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    "No better combination"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    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 49 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-19-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-19-15 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "How much is story, how much narrator?"

    Okay... I'll be honest by saying that I delayed writing my review and, at first, I got this series mixed up with Stuart Neville's... I thought it might have been only because they are both set in Ireland but... I think the main characters are similar as well, and the books have a noir tone to them, and, of course, Doyle narrates both of them. Excellently, btw.

    That being said, this is an interesting and engaging series, even though it is a bit thick with Irish politics and the "Troubles" which are foreign to someone of my age and nationality. I am vaguely aware of the circumstances of Ireland in the 80s, but never lived them, so the stage set for this story was not at all familiar to me.

    So, if you were to look at the reviews of the paper version of the book, you might find that some reviewers had a little rant about the veracity of some of the author's settings, I didn't read this book for historical accuracy and am okay not knowing any better. And I have no idea why some readers found the author's writing style or language choices to be pretentious... maybe they were reading it as a literary exploration of Ireland during the 80s and saw things in it that weren't really there? Or maybe it's as simple as Doyle making the story come alive in his narration and those who read the book in paper form missed all this.

    Fortunately, I read this book hoping it was a noir detective story... and that's exactly what it is. It is dark and violent and a bit confusing as to what motivated people to behave the way they did, but that's what makes it worth reading - to figure it out. I bought the rest of the series on Audible for full price as soon as I finished this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 08-13-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 08-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Refreshing change of pace...and language!"

    I really enjoyed this book, but it took a few chapters for me to really get into it. Started a little slowly for me, but once the story got going I thought the author did a great job. Built all the way through, actually, and got more exciting and well written the farther I got into the book. The Irish angle really was interesting. I love the language used, made me have to think just to know what they were talking about! I really loved the narration, as well. Gerard Doyle did a fantastic job, and the accents added a lot to the experience. Well done, and I will move on to the next book in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Parola138 United States 03-17-14
    Parola138 United States 03-17-14 Listener Since 2005

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    "Blown away"

    I don't read a lot of this type of book which could be classified as mystery or thriller. The writing in this genre is usually what disappoints me. This is one of those rare books that stands out due to the authors adeptness at writing and the time and place the story happens. In other words, it fires on all cylinders and isn't just some writer filling in the blanks. I plan to read this whole series. The book enveloped me so much that I started calling people around me poofters and for about a week I felt compelled to drink Guniess, but eventually I went back to Stella. Sorry. We'll see what happens when I read the second book of the 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 . . .

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 06-21-13
    Aaron 06-21-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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