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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Absolutely wonderful

I remember the Troubles, came of age in 78, but this story is a revelation. And the mystery is excellent too. I'm a little in love with the accent and the main character. Thanks to Ted for the review that made me choose this wonderful book. Try it, you will like it.

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  • 06-06-15

Interesting story, likable characters . .

I liked this, but I typically like McKinty's work. The main character isn't Michael Forsythe, but still a likable. I liked learning about the hunger strikes, but the homosexual theme seemed strange to me at times. If McKinty releases another book in this series, I will probably buy it.

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Another good story

Adrian McKinty tells a good story. And Gerard Doyle is the perfect reader. Great to find such a good combination. It does not always happen. If you like his other work, you will like this one as well.

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Great setting, characters, plot

Good but not great prose style. But nothing is perfect, and the depth of the historical and cultural seeing, the unusual cast of characters, and the novelty of the plot are exceptional. Bonus points for great 70s and 80s music references.

Also, it's nice to have a genuine noir title whose underlying message includes social and life-is-good elements

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Starts slow, but you'll be pulled in quickly!

Overall very good! Started slow for me, but I was pulled in quickly. Loved the backdrop of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland. The reader gave a great performance and it was fun to hear all the accents.

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Entertaining Story with the BEST Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold, Cold Ground to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the Belfast atmosphere to the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was repulsed. In a good way.

Any additional comments?

Great story read by a great narrator.

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The Troubles with a twist

This detective is very engaging; young, impetuous, driven. The story surprises at many points and the narration is really terrific.

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The accent might throw you

But your ear will tune in eventually.
Good story that offers an incite to Irish struggle

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TMI!??!

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!"

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Bleak

Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

Doyle, yes.

McKinty maybe.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Historical perspective.

Any additional comments?

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.