Author(s): 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.
Sean Duffy will do anything to solve this case. Including risking his life.
Winner of Spinetingler Awards: Best Novel (Legend) 2013.
"'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)"
Adrian McKinty grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. After studying at Oxford University he moved to New York, working in bars, bookstores and building sites. In 2000 he relocated to Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and began writing fiction. His debut Dead I Well May Be  was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, while Fifty Grand  won the 2010 Spinetingler Award and was longlisted for the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His most recent work was Falling Glass . In 2009 Adrian moved to Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children.