The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty audiobook

The Cold Cold Ground

By Adrian McKinty
Read by Gerard Doyle

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing, Seventh Street Books 9781616147167

The Sean Duffy Series: Book 1

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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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2013 Spinetingler Award for Best Crime Novel

Longlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Recommended Audiobooks

Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A dark-humored shamus in the Phillip Marlowe tradition.” Wall Street Journal
“A masterpiece of Troubles crime fiction.” Irish Times (Dublin)
“A journey into a terrifying and almost dreamlike labyrinth of violence and betrayal.” Shots Crime & Thriller Ezine
“Duffy [is] the keen observer, the perfect protagonist. A righteous man who unwillingly takes his pursuit of justice into the realm of moral ambiguity.” Arizona Republic (Tucson, AZ)
“A razor-sharp thriller…told with style, courage, and dark-as-night wit.” Stuart Neville, author of The House of Ashes
“Riveting, brilliant, and just about the best book yet on Northern Ireland.” Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor novels
“A crime novel, fast-paced, intricate, and genre to the core.” The Guardian (London)
“McKinty creates a marvelous sense of time and place.” Irish Independent (Dublin)
“If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written.” The Times (London)
“McKinty’s fine police procedural is also the ultimate page-turner.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Everything in this novel hits all the right notes, from its brilliant evocation of time and place to razor-sharp dialogue to detailed police procedures.” Booklist (starred review)
“Reader Gerard Doyle captures every ironic twitch of McKinty’s world-weary Duffy…In each note of Doyle’s narration you hear Duffy’s resignation to the madness surrounding him. The plots are riveting, but the front-row seat to Duffy’s deteriorating equilibrium makes them even better.” Kirkus Reviews (audio review)
“The audiobook exceeds all expectations because of narrator Gerard Doyle. His storytelling is understated, and his dialect work is remarkable…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[A] deft mix of noirish melancholy with express-train pacing and blockbuster-ready action.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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What a ride

This book is a non stop thriller from start to finish and I just couldn't stop listening once I started , I think anyone who reads this will have the same experience. The performance is second to none highly recommended !
by Bob 9/13/2017
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Great Story

I just wish there was more cotinuing stories of Dectective Duffy
by SarahT 9/13/2017
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Meet Detective Sean Duffy of Belfast

For a cop (or “peeler”) in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the early 1980s, the regular challenges of policing are just the beginning. It’s the height of The Troubles, and Detective Sean Duffy is living and working in what verges on a war zone. Bobby Sands and the other IRA hunger strikers are having their day, paramilitary groups on both sides of the Protestant-Catholic divide are on a hair trigger for violence in the streets, and Duffy tries to remember to check his car for bombs every time he gets in it. Enriching the potential for mayhem is the fact that Duffy is a Catholic on a Protestant-majority police force, in a place and time where your religious upbringing ensures your being singled out — by somebody, sometime — as a target.

So death is just a part of the everyday routine in Belfast, and what might stand out as a headline-grabbing murder in another city is simply further fruit of the violence all around. But when a pair of bodies turn up bearing what looks like the signature of a serial killer, that gets Duffy’s and his mates on the squad’s attention. Following this lead takes Duffy down a path he never dreamed of, uncovering darkness to surprise even a hardened Ulsterman.

Whether you remember The Troubles well, or it’s a part of history that you don’t know much about, Adrian McKinty draws you into Sean Duffy’s world and delivers a top-notch crime drama in a setting well removed from the run-of-the-mill cop story. Gerard Doyle does a capital job telling the story in the lilting Irish cadence that is his birthright, with a clarity and sense of pacing that pulls the reader around every turn. So give it a listen already! You may find yourself, like this reviewer, panting for Books 2 and 3 of The Troubles Trilogy.

Author

Author Bio: Adrian McKinty

Author Bio: Adrian McKinty

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, finally becoming a high school English teacher in Denver, Colorado. In 2004 Adrian’s debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. Since then his books have sold over half a million copies and been translated into a dozen languages. Adrian won the 2017 Edgar Award and is a two time winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Barry Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD, Paperback
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English