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Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

Rain Dogs

Part of the Detective Sean Duffy Series
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Shortlisted for the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2016.

Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016.

An involved, complex Irish-set murder mystery with two deaths to baffle Sergeant Sean Duffy in his fifth case. Set in 1987 while some high-ranking Finnish businessmen were visiting Ireland, Sean Duffy is called to their hotel when a wallet is stolen. He meets a young reporter from the Financial Times who is found dead at Carrickfergus Castle the next day. It looks like suicide but not to Duffy. Paedophilia eventually raises its ugly head and what I found quite startling is that famous names now pop into the tale, Jimmy Saville amongst them, coming across as vulgar and rude. Given that the action takes place in the late 1980s it was an interesting portrait of him. The conclusion is fun, in fact a good deal of humour spots the drama. The Sean Duffy series are well worth investing in. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

February 2016 Book of the Month.

The Sean Duffy series:
The Cold, Cold Ground
2. I Hear the Sirens in the Street
3. In the Morning I'll be Gone
4. Gun Street Girl
5. Rain Dogs

If you like Adrian McKinty you might also like to read books by Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride and David Mark.

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Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the snowy courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. But there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she 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?


Praise for the Sean Duffy series:

'Fast-paced, intricate and crime to the core Guardian A treat and an education' -- Val McDermid

'Creeps up on you and explodes' Daily Mail

'Gun Street Girl revels in the farce that was the past to deliver a stellar crime novel for the present. Simply outstanding.' Sydney Morning Herald

About the Author

Adrian McKinty

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.

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Publication date

24th December 2015


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Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd


368 pages


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