Author(s): Adrian McKinty
EDGAR AWARD SHORTLISTED SPINETINGLER AWARD WINNER NED KELLY AWARD WINNER STEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTED '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 RANKIN 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. 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? BOOK 5 IN THE DETECTIVE SEAN DUFFY SERIES
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 ...
Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy thrillers set in 1980s Belfast come thick and fast, but the quality remains constant ... The tension between McKinty's competing love of tight, formal puzzles and loose, riffing dialogue is what makes the Duffy novels such a joy ... enormous fun. The last chapters suggest Duffy may be on the verge of becoming a responsible adult. I hope not. -- John O'Connell Guardian Someone who always delivers: Adrian McKinty ... he's very good at taking the story in a direction you don't see coming -- Val McDermid Thoroughly engaging crime novels... In Rain Dogs, McKinty has had the brilliant idea of challenging Duffy with a locked-room mystery straight out of the golden age of detective fiction ... This is a classic plot with modern twists, but it is Duffy's character - sexist and self-aware by turns - that powers the book to its inevitable conclusion. -- Joan Smith Sunday Times McKinty's current exile from his native Carrickfergus has not dampened the heat and immediacy of his tales which are set in the sectarian-ridden Northern Ireland of the 1980s ... Rain Dogs is further proof that time and geographical distance are valuable aids for an author excavating the dark matter of the Troubles. -- Anthony J Quinn Irish News Full of humour and good set pieces ... the [plot] revelations are satisfying, I liked the character of Duffy -- Anthony Thuillier RTE Radio 1 Arena Praise for the Sean Duffy series: 'Fast-paced, intricate and crime to the core Guardian McKinty's Troubles-set tales of sarky Belfast cop Sean Duffy are becoming one of the great crime series ... Brilliant The Sun A treat and an education -- Val McDermid Fluent and fast paced Sunday Times Creeps up on you and explodes Daily Mail An exciting new voice -- Ian Rankin 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 This is a first-rate crime thriller that commands attention from the opening pages and keeps the reader interested until the end Sydney Morning Herald The release of a new Sean Duffy novel by Adrian McKinty is always one of the highlights of a crime reader's year Sydney Morning Herald
Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied law at Warwick University and politics and philosophy at Oxford University. He moved to New York City in the early 1990's where he worked in bars, bookstores and building sites. In 2000 he moved to Denver, Colorado to become a high school English teacher and in 2008 he moved to Melbourne, Australia. His debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award. His first Sean Duffy novel The Cold Cold Ground won the 2013 Spinetingler Award and its sequel I Hear The Sirens In The Street was shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award. In the Morning I'll be Gone won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award.