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)
Nice little story, great narrator but at the end, I wasn't interested enough in the lead character to make me read Book 2
It was slow in parts but the narrator held my interest
Adrian McKinty is a good story teller and his books come alive with Gerard Doyle as the narrator. I kept reaching for a pint while I was listening.
I'm a lifelong book lover.
This gritty police detective novel starts out with a murder in near Belfast, Ireland in 1981 and leads you through the life of one detective as he desperately tries to put the pieces together and solve the murder. He is foiled over and over and the closer he gets to the killer, the more danger he is in. There are twists and turns in this novel that keep you guessing about how connected two deaths might actually be or whether they are connected at all. The author explores the effects of the violence of Northern Ireland in the early 1980's on the police and people who live there where justice isn't always guaranteed and sometimes a policeman will have to go to great lengths to solve a crime.
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.
Yes. I’ve listened to this book each time a new entry was released so that makes three times now. As to why this book has everything I come for in a good crime fiction novel as takes the listener on a journey full of humor, action scenes, suspense, mystery, witty dialogue, murder, violence, romance, character arcs and most importantly larger than life characters.
McKinty’s writing is poetry disguised as crime fiction. The only other work I can compare it to would be Ken Bruen’s workout the fatalism. Don’t get me wrong this is Northern Ireland that can accurately be called a Warzone and all the characters are young enough to have it shaped their world views but there is always something to laugh at even if it’s the disparate existence of Shawn being a Catholic working for a Protestant police force and all that entails in the way people view him and how he views the world.
Gerald Doyle is able to bring each character to life and read their lines pitch perfect. The only to have gotten a better performance is to higher individual actors for each role with each actor being extremely talented and in their profession for decades.
Yes but I'm a strong believer in not spoiling anything. This might lead some of you to think that I haven’t listened to the novel, or have an agenda or am simply a paid reviewer and the fact that this is my first review isn’t helping matters. My only defense is that I’m posting under my real name and if I were on someone’s payroll I would have a legion of indefinites to best maximize my earning potential. Plus my writing would be a lot more professional. I really don’t like this question, but that’s a tangent not relevant here.
Book 1 and 2 of this series are stand alone novels and can be read out of order. Book 3 wraps everything up so I highly suggest you read the books in order.
Yes, I am re listening to it right now. Just too good to read once.
Doyle is an excellent narrator. I believe he really brought the story to life.
Do not want to give away spoilers but I did nearly cry when one of the men is killed in and IRA attack. It is easy to get attached to McKinty"s characters.
I have read the entire series and each book is better than the previous one.
I highly recommend this book. A great Irish reader and a mystery that the author has placed so realistically into the 1980's strife of northern Ireland that I had to research to assure that it was written very recently. Not for the squeamish or homophobic it lays out the conditions under which people in Northern Ireland lived during the 60's throught 90's. I was a little familiar with the IRA but this gives a deeper view of the poitical landscape while weaving an interesting mystery and an equally interesting detective.
Several of the action sequences are drawn out too long, a relatively minor issue, but I found myself losing attention even while in what should be an exciting moment.
Adrian McKinty writes a fascinating mystery in the true style of an Irish. The humor, the thinking patterns, and the story as a whole takes you where the Irish have lived for 200 plus years. If you're Irish you recognize it, if you're not you will learn some things that may changing your thinking. Gerard Doyle delivers it with the right emotion and attitude. You may not love this story, but you should want to read more McKinty after this one.
This is the best detective novel I have listened to since I finished the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. McKinty's writing is very strong with a lyrical tone that is enhanced by the wonderful Irish lilt of Gerard Doyle's narration. McKinty's dialogue is sharp and often hilarious. Overall, this is a superb book where the listener also learns a lot about the history and troubles of Northern Ireland. 5 stars!
This book was way more than about I.R.A., it was about lives and crime associated with the upheaval during that time period. The writer took you there. I liked the humor, it was well placed when needed. The reader was awesome! I didn't like the ending, but other than that it was a good book.
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