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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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    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 02-17-13
    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2008

    I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.

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    "Okay detective story"
    Where does The Cold, Cold Ground rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an okay book. The narrator took a bit of getting used to. There were some good twists and turns which kept you interested. By part 2 it kept you hooked in. It's a pretty good listen


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    S. 02-07-13
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    It took me a bit to find the rhythm of the book, but it was worth the initial effort – loved it, it got better and better as the book unfolded. Great ending ~ !

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    Ruth 02-04-13
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"
    What did you love best about The Cold, Cold Ground?

    Sean Duffy. He's a very well rounded character, very real character.


    Any additional comments?

    The protagonist, Sean Duffy is such a real character. In volatile Northern Ireland with bombings, hunger strikes and what looks like a serial killer, Duffy is driven to solve the murders and distracted by a beautiful doctor. There are so many layers to this book and protagonist. As soon as I finished the book, I looked up the author to see if the second in the series was out.

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book"

    Great writing and very entertaining. Very violent. Adrian McKinty is a very accomplished writer. I have listened to all of his books and loved them all.

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    Jennifer Whittier, CA, United States 12-29-12
    Jennifer Whittier, CA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book read by a great narrator"
    Would you listen to The Cold, Cold Ground again? Why?

    What can I say - an Adrian McKinty book read by Gerard Doyle. A match made in heaven.


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    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12
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    "Not as good as anticipated"

    I thought I would like this book better. The mystery was good, but I just really didn't care about the characters. There are more books by this author, but I wasn't impressed enough to download any more books by him or about this character.

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    Lisa Martin Ohio 12-24-12
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    "excellent story- FANTASTIC narration"

    The only bad thing I can say is that I have now listened to all of the McK/Doyle books and I have to wait for another

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    Paula C. Huffman Chicago, IL 12-20-12
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    "I'm now a huge fan!"
    What did you love best about The Cold, Cold Ground?

    I loved Gerard Doyle's narration.......his accent made this book come to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the characters in this story, so realistic.


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    donald Dayton, OH, United States 12-19-12
    donald Dayton, OH, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "compelling story of a rough time"
    If you could sum up The Cold, Cold Ground in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, great plot twist, great ending


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He is great! I felt the accent and different voices seemed very authentic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really as the story progresses very nicely without any particular one moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on listening to more by this author even if they are set in other times and settings.

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    M.W. SW USA 12-13-12
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    This was a murder mystery without much suspense. I listened, but never found myself anxious to get back to the book to see what happened next. I don't think I'll be looking for more by this author.

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