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.
“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)
That's not the Sean Duffy I know... Shock value is overrated. I don't think "Duff" would be caught dead with a guy; he at least would've been smart enough to dispose of the evidence instead of sweeping it "out of the closet!"
A depressing story about a depressing time in a depressing part od Ireland. I have been there and didn't care for Belfast even in relative peaceful times. Other parts of Ireland are splendid to visit.
I knew little about the IRA conflict, struggles when I acquired this audiobook, but the characters of this little town, drag us through the conflict from their own murder investigation -- and you realize that not only is the book an amazing investigative story, but it's also a history lesson.... bravo.
"And I fixed myself a vodka gimlet".
I don't recall how I came across Adrian McKinty in my searches through the Audible dB; but it was a truly exciting find.The book started out making me think it was going to be your average adventure story full of mistrust and internecine rage, but rapidly proved to be far more intriguing and ... well, delightful !The plot and characterisation are not like you've read before - they're better.The narrator is superb. No other word for it.I instantly bought the second and devoured that, too.In the process of obtaining the third and the fourth.'Nuff said.
Sean Duffy himself.
I did; and it did. But my reaction was neither of those. More like absolute delight.
I hope McKinty never stops writing.
These Irish murder mysteries are quite interesting and I've found myself more surprised each time I finish one. The story has a mix of fiction, history, culture and mystery all mixed into one.
It took me a while to get into this book, but probably because it was different than what I was expecting (or hoping for). Much darker and more cynical than books I usually listen to. But the more I listened I couldn't help but be drawn into the story. The author paints a clear, if not haunting, picture of how it must have been living in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and you can't help but grow fond of Detective Sean Duffy (even with all his flaws). This definitely isn't a feel-good story, but it is wonderfully written and narrated. By the end there was no doubt I would be reading more by Adrian McKinty.
Gripping, atmospheric, detailed.
The last mystery/thriller novel I read was "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," so none really.
He has a phenomenal delivery and accent. The inflection he uses portrays the environment and mood of the story perfectly and I really felt transported to the early 1980s North Ireland.
I read very few mystery/thriller novels, but was attracted to this one because of the setting. After listening to a sample, I downloaded the book. I have been very impressed, both by McKinty's writing and Doyle's reading. I've already purchased the rest of the Troubles trilogy so I can continue Sean Duffy's story. This was not predictable, kept me guessing and really inspired me to continue reading it. I kept finding time to listen, even if it was just ten minutes. I cannot recommend this book, audio or print, enough.
Say something about yourself!
Good plot and characters. Irish setting and reader different and a refreshing change from American detective novels. I will look for more with Sean McDuffy. I saw 4 in Amazon. There are also other series and stand alone novels. The cold cold ground is a good one.
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