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Adrian McKinty - Author

About the Author

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. He studied law, politics and philosophy at university. He moved to New York City in the early nineties where he worked in bars, bookstores and building sites. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia and writes a popular blog on film, music, politics and literature at adrianmckinty.blogspot.com and tweets @adrianmckinty.

McKinty is best known for his series of Sean Duffy thrillers. The first, The Cold Cold Ground, was published in 2012 and won the 2013 Spinetingler Award and its sequel I Hear The Sirens In The Street has been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards 2013, 2014 Le Prix SNCF du Polar, the Barry Awards 2014 and longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on Adrian McKinty...

The stylish Irish author who now lives in Australia but was for many years in America has followed his DEAD trilogy with FIFTY GRAND, a powerful revenge novel set in Cuba and Colorado, with a female Havana cop on the rampage in a mission to avenge her dead father. Staccato prose, poetic landscapes and an unforgettable heroine all conspire to make this one of the big crime novels of the past year. A must.

Featured books by Adrian McKinty

In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3

In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2014

Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it. Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning. From old betrayals and ancient history to 1984's most infamous crime, Sean tries not to fall behind in the race to annihilation. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?

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In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3

In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2014

Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing left to lose, you have everything to gain, but only if you want it. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it. Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning. And there's no coming back from this kind of losing.

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Other books by Adrian McKinty

Belfast Noir

Belfast Noir

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2019

The Chain The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year

The Chain The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2019

VICTIM. SURVIVOR. ABDUCTOR. CRIMINAL. YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE. 'Starting THE CHAIN is like climbing aboard a runaway train. You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus - guaranteed.' VAL McDERMID 'Incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time.' STEPHEN KING 'Scary, plausible, gripping ... If you like compelling storytelling, this taut thriller is going to be your summer holiday read.' IAN RANKIN 'I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime. It just doesn't get any better than THE CHAIN.' STEVE CAVANAGH * * * * * YOUR PHONE RINGS. A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD. TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD. YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM'S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD. IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN: YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED. YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN * * * * * 'A masterpiece. You will never be able to forget it.' DON WINSLOW 'A unique and unforgettable thriller. Breath-taking, breakneck, brilliant.' MARK BILLINGHAM 'Terrifying. Terrific.' MICK HERRON 'Striking, memorable, should be savoured.' TANA FRENCH 'THE CHAIN does for parenting what Gone Girl did for marriage. A must-read thriller.' JAMES SWALLOW 'Inventive, tense, unputdownable - THE CHAIN is the real deal.' TIM WEAVER 'Diabolical, unnerving, relentless.' DENNIS LEHANE 'An electrifying thriller - one of the very best of its kind' FIONA CUMMINS 'A first-rate edge-of-your-seat thriller. I can't believe what went through my mind while reading it.' ATTICA LOCKE 'Gripping, nail-biting, convincing.' MEG GARDINER 'Brutally compelling.' MASON CROSS 'Staggeringly brilliant. Gripping, propulsive, profoundly affecting.' LIAM McILLVANNEY 'Relentless from the first page to the last. Clever, uncompromising, and gripping.' LUCA VESTE 'This is the thriller of the year.' SJI HOLLIDAY YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST. AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LAST.

The Chain The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year

The Chain The unique and unforgettable thriller of the year

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

VICTIM. SURVIVOR. ABDUCTOR. CRIMINAL. YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE. 'Starting THE CHAIN is like climbing aboard a runaway train. You'll miss meals, sleep, and your stop on the bus - guaranteed.' VAL McDERMID 'Incredibly propulsive and original. You won't shake it for a long time.' STEPHEN KING 'Scary, plausible, gripping ... If you like compelling storytelling, this taut thriller is going to be your summer holiday read.' IAN RANKIN 'I may not read a better thriller in my lifetime. It just doesn't get any better than THE CHAIN.' STEVE CAVANAGH * * * * * YOUR PHONE RINGS. A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD. TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD. YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM'S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD. IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON'T HAPPEN: YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED. YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN * * * * * 'A masterpiece. You will never be able to forget it.' DON WINSLOW 'A unique and unforgettable thriller. Breath-taking, breakneck, brilliant.' MARK BILLINGHAM 'Terrifying. Terrific.' MICK HERRON 'Striking, memorable, should be savoured.' TANA FRENCH 'THE CHAIN does for parenting what Gone Girl did for marriage. A must-read thriller.' JAMES SWALLOW 'Inventive, tense, unputdownable - THE CHAIN is the real deal.' TIM WEAVER 'Diabolical, unnerving, relentless.' DENNIS LEHANE 'An electrifying thriller - one of the very best of its kind' FIONA CUMMINS 'A first-rate edge-of-your-seat thriller. I can't believe what went through my mind while reading it.' ATTICA LOCKE 'Gripping, nail-biting, convincing.' MEG GARDINER 'Brutally compelling.' MASON CROSS 'Staggeringly brilliant. Gripping, propulsive, profoundly affecting.' LIAM McILLVANNEY 'Relentless from the first page to the last. Clever, uncompromising, and gripping.' LUCA VESTE 'This is the thriller of the year.' SJI HOLLIDAY YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST. AND YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE THE LAST.

Sean Duffy Collection: Books 4-6

Sean Duffy Collection: Books 4-6

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2017

'McKinty is one of Britain's great contemporary crime writers and the Sean Duffy books are his masterpiece.' IAN RANKINSHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON'S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARDSPINETINGLER AWARD WINNERNED KELLY AWARD WINNERSTEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTEDWINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD 2017BOOK 4: Gun Street GirlBelfast, 1985. The usual rounds of riot duty and sectarian murders are interrupted when a wealthy couple are shot dead while watching TV. Their son jumps to his death, leaving a note claiming responsibility. But something doesn't add up, and people keep dying. BOOK 5: Rain DogsIt's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy. Riot duty. Heartbreak. Cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked room mysteries in one career? A death in a historic castle, locked up overnight. It almost looks like a suicide, but then Sean Duffy pulls on a few little threads, and the whole Establishment could come undone ... BOOK 6: Police at the Station and They Don't Look FriendlyBelfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain't Injuns and it isn't Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly whodunnit will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on the high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

'McKinty is one of Britain's great contemporary crime writers and the Sean Duffy books are his masterpiece.' Ian Rankin This time, help isn't coming. This time, Duffy has to save himself. Belfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain't Injuns and it isn't Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly who has done it will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to three masked gunmen forcing Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece. SPINETINGLER AWARD WINNER NED KELLY AWARD WINNER BARRY AWARD WINNER STEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTED EDGAR AWARD SHORTLISTED THEAKSTON'S AWARD SHORTLISTED ANTHONY AWARD NOMINEE RAIN DOGS WAS WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD 2017

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2017

Another thrilling mystery featuring Detective Sean Duffy and his most dangerous investigation yetBelfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave.Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

Sean Duffy Collection: Books 1-3

Sean Duffy Collection: Books 1-3

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2016

'McKinty's Troubles-set tales of sarky Belfast cop Sean Duffy are becoming one of the great crime series ... Brilliant!' - THE SUN'It blew my doors off' - IAN RANKINSPINETINGLER AWARD WINNERNED KELLY AWARD WINNERSTEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTED BOOK 1: The Cold Cold Ground Two dead. Nothing seems to link them, but Sean Duffy knows the links that seem to be invisible are just waiting to be uncovered. And as a policeman who has solved six murders so far in his career, but not yet brought a single case to court, Duffy is determined that this time, someone will pay. BOOK 2: I Hear the Sirens in the Street Sean Duffy knows that one tiny clue is all it takes to solve a murder, so when a dismembered torso is found in a suitcase, he knows there'll be a way to find the killer. Now he's fully fit after the severe trauma of his last case, he goes from country lanes to city streets, and wherever he goes, he smells a rat ... BOOK 3: In the Morning I'll Be Gone Sean Duffy heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison, and he knows, with chilly certainty, that their paths will cross. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?

Rain Dogs

Rain Dogs

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2016

Rain Dogs, a stunning installment in the Sean Duffy thriller series, following the Edgar Award-nominated Gun Street Girl, is "e;another standout in a superior series"e; (Booklist).It's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy: riot duty, heartbreak, cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked-room mysteries in one career?When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus Castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond.And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

Gun Street Girl

Gun Street Girl

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister's daughter died of a heroin overdose, which may or may not have something to do with Kelly's subsequent death.New evidence leads elsewhere: gun runners, arms dealers, the British government, and a rogue American agent with a fake identity. Duffy thinks he's getting somewhere when agents from MI5 show up at his doorstep and try to recruit him, thus taking him off the investigation.Duffy is in it up to his neck, doggedly pursuing a case that may finally prove his undoing.

Sun Is God

Sun Is God

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

Colonial New Guinea, 1906. A small group of mostly German nudists live an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshohe raises suspicions about foul play.Retired British military police officer Will Prior is recruited to investigate the circumstances of Lutzow's death. At first, the eccentric group seems friendly and willing to cooperate with the investigation. They all insist that Lutzow died of malaria. Despite lack of evidence for a murder, Prior is convinced the group is hiding something.Things come to a head during a late-night feast supposedly given as a send-off for the visitors before they return to Herbertshohe. Prior fears the intent of the "e;celebration"e; is not to fete the visitors-but to make them the latest murder victims.

In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3

In the Morning I'll be Gone Sean Duffy 3

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2014

Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it. Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning. From old betrayals and ancient history to 1984's most infamous crime, Sean tries not to fall behind in the race to annihilation. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?

ebook of the month
In the Morning I'll Be Gone

In the Morning I'll Be Gone

Author: Adrian McKinty Format: eBook Release Date: 04/03/2014

A Catholic cop tracks an IRA master bomber amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside. Sean knows that if he can crack the "e;locked-room mystery,"e; the bigger mystery of Dermot's whereabouts might be revealed to him as a reward. Meanwhile the clock is ticking down to the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in 1984, where Mrs. Thatcher is due to give a keynote speech.

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