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The Cold, Cold Ground Audiobook

The Cold, Cold Ground: Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1

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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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    Enda 04-25-15
    Enda 04-25-15 Member Since 2016
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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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    John J Homola 04-23-15 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    John Cunningham Danville, CA USA 04-23-15
    John Cunningham Danville, CA USA 04-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book - engaging historical rollercoaster"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "And I fixed myself a vodka gimlet".


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    Margaret Rose STRINGER 04-21-15
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    "What a find !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Cold, Cold Ground the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Sean Duffy himself.


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

    I did; and it did. But my reaction was neither of those. More like absolute delight.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope McKinty never stops writing.

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    Jacinda New Zealand 04-01-15
    Jacinda New Zealand 04-01-15
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    "Great read!"

    This was a very enjoyable book. Great narration, interesting storyline and characters. At times it was difficult to put down. Worth reading

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    Maryam Bakhshaei Irvine, CA USA 03-24-15
    Maryam Bakhshaei Irvine, CA USA 03-24-15

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    "Interesting story, great narrator"

    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.

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    Beckie 02-19-15
    Beckie 02-19-15
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    "Drew me in"

    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.

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    Asher 02-11-15
    Asher 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic story!"
    If you could sum up The Cold, Cold Ground in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, atmospheric, detailed.


    What other book might you compare The Cold, Cold Ground to and why?

    The last mystery/thriller novel I read was "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," so none really.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 02-03-15
    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 02-03-15 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "My first McKinty"

    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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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 12-27-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 12-27-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "The Rain and the Fog"

    The place is Belfast, 1981, and the Catholics and the Protestants are having a civil war. There are riots in the streets, homes and businesses are being burned to the ground. The unemployment rate is 20% but people begin to migrate, which leaves more jobs for those who have stayed.

    Sergeant Sean Duffy is the new man at the precinct. He's Catholic, which he makes known but not his higher education. That's the main reason his rank is higher and he's the new man on the block. The other "peelers," cops, have their reservations but will make their judgment of Sean Duffy, after he has worked with them awhile.

    There were two men dead because of their hunger strike, attempting to make a stand for changes to be made in the prison system. The pope has been shot in an assassination attempt. However, now it appears as if there is a serial murderer and the cops have never dealt with one let alone ever heard of one happening in Ireland.

    Sgt. Duffy has been called to the scene of a murder. There, a man has been found inside the shell of a burnt out car. His right hand has been cut off. No identification has been made. When the autopsy has been done there appears to be an anomaly, which has left the cops scratching their heads.

    The murders continue and as the police start to look further into the case, it appears as if someone is targeting homosexuals. Sgt. Duffy starts to believe that the murders are all connected. That is when he is removed from the case and is now solving bank robberies.

    The book is exciting and keeps you wanting to hear more. The narrator is excellent and puts you in Ireland where the fighting is occurring. The emotions and differentiation between characters is commendable. When I listen to a book where there is history of an event such as happened in Belfast, I learn much more than what I knew. The character development is good. There is action and suspense. This is a different kind of mystery than the ones I have read before and that made this book an even better listen. Looking for a change, listen to, The Cold, Cold Ground.




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