The Cold Cold Ground

The Cold Cold Ground

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.

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BN ID: 2940161356043
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
Publication date: 05/30/2019
Series: Sean Duffy Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 44,106
File size: 1 MB

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The Cold, Cold Ground 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read about half of author Adrian McKinty's adult books (so far) and this is one of his best. What I like about McKinty's writing in this book is not just the mystery story--which is pretty entertaining--but also his flair for humor and natural dialogue; he's got the ear and the voice, so it just sings, IMO. Since this is the first in a new series, it's a perfect time to give McKinty a try; I don't think you'll be disappointed and, if you like the book, he's got more coming, as well as 6-7 previous books you can read (yeah, I know, this reads like the author posting himself or having one of his friends shill for him, but I'm definitely not him, nor have I ever met him--I just like his writing and want him to be a "success," where success is defined as many more books published for me and others to read).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McKinty tells stories through characters that have a unique vista on a place and time. The Cold Cold Ground is a fascinating police procedural that integrates social and political tensions of 1980s Belfast with Sgt Detective Sean Duffy's investigation into a series of gruesome murders. McKinty skillfully builds Duffy's world, and the story has a quick rhythm even though each scene is full of detail. Also enjoyable: numerous 80s pop-culture references.
ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous book. It's more than a police procedural as it takes on social, political and moral issues of Northern Ireland in 1981. The prose is exceptional and there's lots of humour as well. Highly recommended.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, I loved it. I could tell by reading the blurb and reviews that I was going to enjoy this book, and I wasn’t disappointed. Adrian McKinty has done a marvellous job with this detective thriller. Sean Duffy is a fantastic character, and I quiet enjoyed that he’s a little bit floored, and never gives up. A great story from start to finish. Detective Sergeant Sean Duffy certainly has a tough job working for the police in Northern Island, and especially since he’s very close to Belfast. Then to top it off, he’s a catholic living in a mainly protestant area. Going out to his car each morning to make sure there hasn’t been a bomb planted underneath it, is just a common occurrence, especially if you want to stay alive. The latest double murder is turning out to be a bit harder to investigate than he first thought, mainly because one of them were high up in the IRA. Of course, they were keen to close ranks and make Sean’s life hard for him. Sean isn’t quite sure if the IRA are embarrassed because the victim was gay, or because of the job they did for him. Now he must work out how to find the killer, and not upset anyone in the process. I can see why so many other readers have given this book 5/5 Stars. So richly deserved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really really good read. Couldnt oout it down.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
THE COLD, COLD GROUND is Book #1 in Adrian McKinty’s The Troubles Trilogy. It is a Detective Sean Duffy novel. The locale is Northern Ireland in the 1980s with real events woven into the narrative. The title opens with Sean Duffy (a Catholic in the RUC - Royal Ulster Constabulary - in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland) working riot duty in the aftermath of Bobby Sands’s death in the Maze Prison. “Bobby Sands was the maitreya, the world teacher, the martyr who would redeem mankind through his suffering.” (Powerful musings from our Sean.) The title is intermixed with hopelessness, violent current events, and thoughtful, classical, philosophical and articulate musings by Sean. Sean Duffy is a melancholy character; angry, yet thoughtful and intelligent. He is likeable, interesting, yet immoral. He is ‘quite the talker’ and can often manipulate situations. He feels trapped and finds it hard to believe his own philosophy of serving in the RUC - that he can achieve some good, some positive balance or example in spite of his surroundings. Sean, not surprisingly, has very bad (sometimes comical) luck with women. He never gets into his car before checking for bombs underneath. The character of Sean Duffy is an unforgettable one. I read all 3 books in the trilogy, plus a new 4th Sean Duffy title in less than 2 weeks. I couldn’t let him (and his musings) go. The characters and events were intriguing. The real main character was the rain. I would highly recommend all the ‘Troubles Trilogy’ titles - COLD, COLD GROUND, I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET and IN THE MORNING I’LL BE GONE. THE GUN STREET GIIRL is a Detective Sean Duffy, also. With very thoughtful, intricate characterizations, an unforgettable sense of place, and compelling mysteries - this series is impossible not to like. The locale, the people and events (true and fictional) will stay with you long after the reading is finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goos plot, great charecters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pace of this book was perfect. This was quite a page turner. The description of irelsnd during the troubles was very apt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this authors work. I have read most of his other books and I recommend the read. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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