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Adrian McKinty

UK flag (b.1968)

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. After studying philosophy at Oxford University he emigrated to New York City where he lived in Harlem for six years working in bars, bookstores, building sites and finally the basement stacks of the Columbia University Medical School Library in Washington Heights. In 2000 he moved to Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and started writing fiction in earnest. His first full length novel Dead I Well May Be was shortlisted for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and was picked by Booklist as one of the 10 best crime novels of the year. The sequel to that book The Dead Yard was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 12 best novels of 2006 and won the Audie Award for best mystery or thriller. In April 2008 he moved to St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia with his wife and kids.

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult Fantasy, Historical Mystery
Series contributed to
Barry Awards Best Paperback original winner (2014) : I Hear the Sirens in the Street
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2016) : Gun Street Girl
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2017) : Rain Dogs
Barry Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2017) : Rain Dogs
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original winner (2017) : Rain Dogs

Adrian McKinty recommends
Absolute Zero Cool (2011)
Declan Burke
"Burke has written a deep, lyrical and moving crime novel; an intoxicating and exciting novel of which the master himself, Flann O Brien, would be proud..."
IQ (2016)
(IQ, book 1)
Joe Ide
"Isaiah Quintabe--known as I.Q.--is an unconventional unlicensed, underground detective solving problems for the disenfranchised people of Los Angeles, and Joe Ide's superb novel--IQ--is the one of the freshest and liveliest crime novels I have read in years. His debut heralds an exciting new voice in American crime fiction."
Old Scores (2016)
(Frank Swann, book 3)
David Whish-Wilson
"Explosive and compelling."
Under Water (2017)
(Duck Darley, book 1)
Casey Barrett
"I loved it. Duck Darley is an original, smart, and sympathetic protagonist, the central mystery was really well thought through, the story gripping and the ending terrific. A great debut novel!"
The Quaker (2018)
(Duncan McCormack, book 1)
Liam McIlvanney
"Another atmospheric, scary and utterly brilliant book from Liam McIlvanney. Superb."
The Last Crossing (2020)
Brian McGilloway
"Another extraordinary novel from one of Ireland's crime fiction masters."

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