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The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

The Cold Cold Ground

Part of the Detective Sean Duffy Series
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Terse, pacey with fantastic sequences of dialogue. Any fan of James Ellroy or even Raymond Chandler should read the opening extract - you will find it hard not to want to carry on.

1981 Northern Ireland and Catholic Sean Duffy has just been promoted to Detective Sergeant and finds himself with two grisly, complex, but seemingly unrelated murders to sort out.

You can tell the author is writing about a place and time he knows intimately with his evocative and lyrical descriptions of Northern Ireland during the dark days of the troubles. The 12th crime novel from Adrian McKinty and the first in a series of police procedurals with DS Sean Duffy - we look forward to getting the next one in the office.

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

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The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

For Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy, the troubles are only just beginning...Northern Ireland. Spring 1981. Hunger strikes. Bombings. Assassinations. Sky high unemployment. Endemic rioting. Everyone who can is getting out. This is a society teetering on the edge of chaos and the brink of civil war. Amid the madness, Detective Sergeant Duffy is dealing with two cases: what may be Northern Ireland's first ever serial killer and a young woman's suicide that may yet turn out to be murder. It's no easy job - especially when it turns out that one of the victims was involved in the IRA, but last seen discussing business with one of their sworn enemies in the UVF. For Duffy, though, there's no question of which side he's on - because as a Catholic policeman, nobody trusts him. Fast-paced, evocative and brutal, The Cold, Cold Ground is a brilliant depiction of Belfast at the height of the Troubles - and a cop treading a thin, thin line.


'If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written'
(Peter Millar, Times)

'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)

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 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

28th June 2012


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Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd


256 pages


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