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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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    "Great!"

    if you read this book, you will want to read the next one and the next one. Thank goodness there's 5!

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    Jeff 04-13-16
    Jeff 04-13-16
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    "A Good Mystery with Interesting Twists"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold, Cold Ground to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the narrator does a very good job in creating unique voices for each character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sean Duffy was the central character so you get to know him the most. His character is well developed and has some subtle layers.


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

    Sean Duffy.


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

    There were descriptions of the RUC police waiting in anticipation for rioting to begin. These moments were handled well and showed some understanding and insight into the whole situation of the "Troubles". McKinty gives a balanced view and is not sympathetic to either side.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a first novel (from what I can tell) and there are a few things that happen that stretch the believability a little bit. There is one action scene as well that does that too but overall it is a book that's hard to put down. I enjoyed it very much and the narration was great. It seems like a very positive start to a new series.

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    Warren Beare 03-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Crackin so Tis"

    I am from Northern Ireland and was born in 1969 the year the troubles started, I was born on the shore Road about 10 miles from Carrickfergus.

    The story is pretty good, I like how they made Duffy a Catholic to show both sides of the conflict and even show a little of the bigotry he experiences.

    Some of the accents are a little off, but not too bad. Nice accurate description of the shite weather and also of the constant helicopter presence in the skies. Also the constant news coverage of the troubles which never ceased. Good portrayal of the gallows humour which is always present in NI

    Good listen and I have purchased the second installment already.

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    Bokworm 02-25-16
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    "Mulitiple Levels of Interest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well written--this books encapsulates multiple levels of Ireland. You've got the IRA and others challenging life as well as the 'common criminal' elements. How to sort it out? Well, have the right detective. I enjoyed this--my first read by Adrian McKinty.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complexity of life in Ireland, layers of violence.


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

    Colorful


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    N. Brown 12-14-15
    N. Brown 12-14-15

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    "Exciting story !"

    I had not heard of this author before and the first ten minutes were a bit tough to get through...strong accent and regional slang. Hang in there..it's worth it!

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    cate edwards 12-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not usually what I listen to , but"

    I could listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone book and this story was engaging with a good plot and good ending. I liked it that it was set in Northern Ireland and I learned a bit of history.

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    William Michael Dunn 08-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read"

    BBC should do these books in complete detail ie 3-4 hr. Segments in movie or film form. Master piece mystery is the ideal format. This series would top all series to date. I hope the series continues past the four books published to date. Read these books. McGinty is a wonderful story teller. Mike

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    P. Hoff Sydney, NSW Australia 07-24-15
    P. Hoff Sydney, NSW Australia 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Ready player one for the non geeks"

    Really tight writing. A story that is part nostalgia trip through the music and news of the 80s, part examination of Irish troubles and part cop story. What's not to like.

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    Teresa 07-04-15
    Teresa 07-04-15 Member Since 2013
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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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    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 06-06-15
    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 06-06-15 Member Since 2004
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    "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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