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The Cold Cold Ground

Detective Sean Duffy Series, Book 1 · Detective Sean Duffy

by Adrian McKinty


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McKinty's previous book, Falling Glass, was an Best Thriller of 2011 

Northern Ireland, spring 1981. Hunger strikes, riots, power cuts, a homophobic serial killer with a penchant for opera, and a young woman's suicide that may yet turn out to be murder: on the surface, the events are unconnected, but then things—and people—aren't always what they seem. Detective Sergeant Duffy is the man tasked with trying to get to the bottom of it all. It's no easy job—especially when it turns out that one of the victims was involved in the IRA but was last seen discussing business with someone from the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force. Add to this the fact that, as a Catholic policeman, it doesn't matter which side he's on, because nobody trusts him, and Sergeant Duffy really is in a no-win situation. Fast-paced, evocative, and brutal, The Cold Cold Ground is a brilliant depiction of Belfast at the height of the Troubles—and of a cop treading a thin, thin line. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List. Longlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award. Winner of the 2013 Spinetingler Award for Best Crime Novel.

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Blackstone Publishing
Seventh Street Books
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Detective Sean Duffy


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Adrian McKinty (Author)

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. In the mid 1990's he moved to New York and found work in bars, bookstores and building sites, finall...

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