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The Cold Cold Ground


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Sean Duffy will do anything to solve this case. Including risking his life.

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Adrian McKinty grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and kids. Adrian's first crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. The first book in the Sean Duffy series, The Cold Cold Ground, won the 2013 Spinetingler Award; the second, I Hear the Sirens in the Street, won the 2014 Barry Award and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award. The third, In the Morning I'll Be Gone, won the 2014 Ned Kelly award. The fourth, Gun Street Girl, was shortlisted for the 2015 Ned Kelly Award, the 2016 Edgar Award, the 2016 Audie Award and the 2016 Anthony Award. Rain Dogs won the 2017 Edgar Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, the 2016 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the 2016 Ned Kelly Award, the 2017 Barry Award and the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original.


A razor sharp thriller told with style, courage and dark-as-night wit ... a brilliant novel with its own unique voice -- STUART NEVILLE, AUTHOR OF THE TWELVE
The Cold Cold Ground is fast-paced, intricate and crime to the core. * Guardian *
If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written -- Peter Millar * Times *
The Cold Cold Ground is a razor sharp thriller set against the backdrop of a country in chaos, told with style, courage and dark-as-night wit. Adrian McKinty channels Dennis Lehane, David Peace and Joseph Wambaugh to create a brilliant novel with its own unique voice -- Stuart Neville
The names of David Peace and Ellroy are evoked too often in relation to young crime writers, but McKinty shares their method of using the past as a template for the present. The Cold Cold Ground is a crime novel, fast-paced, intricate and genre to the core. -- Eoin McNamee * Guardian *
Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy could well become a cult figure * Irish Independent *
Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy could well become a cult figure... McKinty has not lost his touch or his eye for the bizarre and the macabre, or his ear for the Belfast accent and argot. ...McKinty creates a marvellous sense of time and place... he manages to catch the brooding atmosphere of the 1980s and to tell a ripping yarn at the same time... There will be many readers waiting for the next adventure of the dashing and intrepid Sergeant Duffy. -- Maurice Hayes * Irish Independent *
It's undoubtedly McKinty's finest . . . Written with intelligence, insight and wit, McKinty exposes the cancer of corruption at all levels of society at that time. Sean Duffy is a compelling detective, the evocation of 19802 Northern Ireland is breathtaking and the atmosphere authentically menacing. A brilliant piece of work which does for NI what Peace's Red Riding Quartet did for Yorkshire -- Brian McGilloway
McKinty's prose is a master-class in vicious poise . . . Be in no doubt that this novel is a masterpiece: had David Peace, Eoin McNamee and Brian Moore sat down, they would have been very pleased indeed to have written The Cold Cold Ground -- Declan Burke
The Cold Cold Ground is a fearless trip into Northern Ireland in the 1980s: riots, hunger strikes, murders - yet Adrian McKinty tells a very personal story of an ordinary cop trying to hunt down a serial killer' -- John McFetridge
McKinty's The Cold Cold Ground has got onto on my five best books of the year list as it is riveting, brilliant and just about the best book yet on Northern Ireland -- Ken Bruen
Adrian McKinty is the voice of the new Northern Irish generation but he's not afraid to examine the past. This writer is a legend in the making and The Cold, Cold Ground is the latest proof of this -- Gerard Brennan
Adrian McKinty may have struck gold with Sean Duffy * The Sun *
Highly readable. * Evening Standard *
A stylish page-turner of a thriller that will keep you gripped until the end. * We Love This Book *
"Adrian McKinty is one of the great storytellers writing crime fiction today." -- Don Winslow
'When it comes to Northern Irish crime fiction, Adrian McKinty forged the path the rest of us follow.' -- Stuart Neville

In this time capsule of a mystery novel, McKinty, with great skill and authenticity, transports readers to the Northern Ireland of 1981, at the height of the "troubles," when Bobby Sands and other IRA hunger-strikers are inflaming an already violent and unstable Belfast. DS Sean Duffy is a maverick on several levels, including being a Catholic in the largely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary in the town of Carrick-fergus, near Belfast. Duffy is trying to solve the murders of two gay men, one of whom turns out to be the head of the IRA's internal security force. Gerard Doyle reads with an Irish accent that sounds impeccable, lending added authenticity to dialog and language. The Cold Cold Ground is reported to be the first book of a "Troubles" trilogy, so look for these great characters and this engrossing setting to continue through at least two more books. verdict Not to be missed. ["For fans of Stewart Neville's crime novels, a new and harrowing Irish trilogy is under way. At turns violent and labyrinthine, McKinty's fine police procedural is also the ultimate page-turner," read the review of the Seventh Street: Prometheus hc, LJ 11/1/12.-Ed.]-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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