Adrian McKinty
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Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty is an Edgar Award winning crime novelist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is also a two time winner of the Ned Kelly Award and has won the Barry Award, Audie Award and Anthony Award. He has been shortlisted for the Dagger Award, Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Prix SNCF and the Prix du Meilleurs Polar.

Adrian studied law at Warwick University and philosophy at Oxford University. In the early 90's he emigrated to New York City where he worked in bars, building sites and bookstores for seven years before moving to Denver, Colorado to become a high school English teacher. In 2009 he moved again, this time to Melbourne, Australia with his wife and kids.

His first Sean Duffy novel, The Cold Cold Ground, won the 2013 Spinetingler Award and was picked as one of the best crime novels of the year by The Times (of London). The second Sean Duffy novel, I Hear The Sirens In The Street, won the 2014 Barry Award for best paperback original crime novel of the year.

In The Morning I'll Be Gone (Sean Duffy #3) won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for best novel and was picked as one of the top 10 crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association, The Daily Mail & The Toronto Star.

Gun Street Girl (Duffy #4) was shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Award, the 2015 Ned Kelly Award, The 2016 Anthony Award and was picked as one of the best books of 2015 by The Boston Globe and The Irish Times.

Sean Duffy #5, Rain Dogs, won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award and the Barry Award. It was the Boston Globe's best mystery novel of 2016, was an Irish Times book of the year and was shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award.

Sean Duffy #6 won the Ned Kelly Award.

newspaper reviews for some of the Duffy books:

If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland The Cold Cold Ground is the book he would have written.
The Times

A locked room mystery within a manhunt killer [is] a clever and gripping set-up that helps makes Duffy's third outing easily his best so far.
The Sunday Times

Not content with constructing a complex plot, McKinty further wraps his story around a deliciously old-fashioned locked room mystery, the solution to which holds the key to Duffy's entire investigation. Driven by McKinty's brand of lyrical, hard-boiled prose, leavened by a fatalistic strain of the blackest humour, In the Morning I'll Be Gone is a hugely satisfying historical thriller.
The Irish Times

[A] superb trilogy reaches its finality...The hunt for [Duffy's quarry] begins and ends spectacularly. McKinty is particularly convincing in painting the political and social backdrops to his plots. He deserves to be treated as one of Britain's top crime writers.
The Times

An action movie view of the Troubles...a fast and thrilling ride from the reliably excellent McKinty.
The Mail On Sunday

This is the third in the series and, for me, the best, for it contains a locked room mystery at the heart of a drama about a major terrorist escape from the Maze prison, Belfast in 1983. Written in spare, razor-sharp prose, and leading up to a denouement that creeps up on you and then explodes like a terrorist bomb, it places McKinty firmly in the front rank of modern crime writers.
The Daily Mail

An older, more sobered Duffy, still unconventional and willing to take chances, but more reflective, more Sherlock Holmes. His growing maturity results in fewer bedroom scenes but there is plenty of excitement and suspense elsewhere in this intelligent and gripping yarn.
The Irish Independent

Sardonic Belfast cop Sean Duffy [in] another terrific Troubles-set thriller 4.5/5
The Sun

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Best Sellers

    • Rain Dogs

    • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,508
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496

    When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Narrator IS the Story

    • By Craig on 03-15-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,427
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,083

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a stunning book

    • By Alan on 01-17-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

    • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,435
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

    Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

    • By 6catz on 03-10-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Gun Street Girl

    • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 4
    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,660
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

    Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another McKinty Gem

    • By Top of Mind on 03-07-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • I Hear the Sirens in the Street

    • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2
    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!

    • By Ted on 08-31-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • In the Morning I'll Be Gone

    • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3
    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,803
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC is recruited by MI5 to hunt down an IRA master bomber....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Dangerous Gamble

    • By John on 03-21-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Dead I Well May Be

    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,000
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,371

    I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What an amazing book

    • By Starbuck on 03-11-06

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Bloomsday Dead

    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 927
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 910

    Michael Forsythe must help his former lover, Bridget, find her daughter, who has been kidnapped in Dublin....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • SIX STARS ******

    • By Johnnie Walker on 03-23-07

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Dead Yard

    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 948
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 940

    Mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A more mature Michael...

    • By Rebecarol on 08-24-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Hidden River

    • By: Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,936
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,478

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love has been murdered in America....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite McKinty novel

    • By Dave on 04-04-11

    Regular price: $23.07

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