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The Cold Cold Ground

The Cold Cold Ground Northern Ireland Spring 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 t

  • Title: The Cold Cold Ground
  • Author: Adrian McKinty
  • ISBN: 9781846688225
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Northern Ireland, Spring 1981 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.

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    1. Adrian McKinty won the 2014 Spinetingler Award for Cold, Cold Ground for best crime novel, and is book one in a series. It’s a gritty heartfelt story set during the uprising and turmoil of Northern Island in the eighties. Sean Duffy, a Catholic detective living among the Protestants, is investigating a bizarre murder while striving to survive during a horrifying time in his country. Duffy’s dry wit lightens the mood of the plot and keeps the story flowing along smoothly. It is noteworthy tha [...]

    2. 4.5 stars“The riot had taken on a beauty of its own now. Arcs of gasoline fire under the crescent moon. Crimson tracer in mystical parabolas. Phosphorescence from the barrels of plastic bullet guns. A distant yelling like that of men below decks in a torpedoed prison ship. The scarlet whoosh of Molotovs intersecting with exacting surfaces. Helicopters everywhere: their spotlights finding one another like lovers in the Afterlife. And all this through a lens of oleaginous Belfast rain.”Just an [...]

    3. The Cold Cold Ground introduces Sean Duffy, a Catholic police sergeant in the Royal Ulster Constabulary. As a Catholic who joined the mostly Protestant police force, Duffy is essentially under suspicion--and threat--from both sides in the long-running "Troubles" pitting Catholics and Protestants against each other in Northern Ireland.The story is set at the height of the Troubles, in 1981. IRA prisoners are engaged in a hunger strike in protest to recent actions of the hated British government, [...]

    4. We had the very good fortune a couple of years ago to meet and visit with a friend in Ireland (/author/show/). My wife's grandmother immigrated from northern Ireland in the late 19th century and since things had calmed down in Ireland we flew over to find her ancestral home. Tony and Linda were extraordinarily helpful in finding the area and Tony provided a walking tour of Belfast and Bellaghy (a town he said he was still a little reluctant to visit given it was in the heart of the "troubles" n [...]

    5. Why haven't I discovered Adrian McKinty before 2017!!!!He nails it in this book The setting and the whole nine yards.The reader is transported to the Irish Troubles. To Belfast of 1981. The Librarian told me when I checked this book out that a few of the guys who took this book said that what they lived through in Ireland back the is almost the same atmosphere in the book.An killer who enjoys listening opera, the classic languages and is killing homosexuals. Homosexuality was a crime in Northern [...]

    6. This book is the first in the Detective Sean Duffy Series And Book One of The Troubles Trilogy.First, a bit of history. This is just for those of you who did not do well in high school history class like myself (to say the least). However, I believe that you're never to old to learn, and for that alone I enjoyed this book very much. I definitely got a crash course about the times of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" during 1968-1998. I researched this on Google and found one site that explains it su [...]

    7. I enjoyed this, but I stopped short of thoroughly enjoying it. The depiction of Northern Ireland on the brink of all-out civil war was incredibly well done, as was the 1981 setting. You really got a sense of despair, danger and dissolution. However, while the deeply conservative nature of all sides in the conflict was realistically portrayed, it left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable in the references to the victims of the killings.The writing itself was somewhat variable. McKinty clearly has re [...]

    8. We drank our whiskeys. It was the good stuff and it tasted of salt, sea, rain, wind and the Old Testament.3.5 stars. I've been looking for something to fill in for my Tana French addiction until her next novel, and this book was recommended. I can see why, although there are also a lot of differences. The 80's Ireland setting in TCCG is fascinating, and I loved how this context formed such a big part of the story. I know very little about The Troubles and this was a great introduction. The plot [...]

    9. This novel had me literally sitting on the edge of my seat. It was that well written and took that many curves and twists that I never saw the ending coming. It was set in Carrickfergus, just out of Belfast in the 1980's. Northern Ireland was going through the troubles and there were a lot of riots. Prisoners were on hunger strikes, people looked under their cars for bombs and people were divided into Catholic and Protestant camps. In the middle of this two homosexuals were found murdered. Sean [...]

    10. What a great read this was! I absolutely loved McKinty's evocation of life in the 1980's and how he effortlessly wove in the political and social backdrop of not only Ireland at the time, in the grip of political unrest, the tyrannical actions of Thatcher and a general climate of fear but the little additions like the Yorkshire Ripper trial and the impending nuptials of Charles and Diana. I also liked the guest appearance of one Mr G Adams during Duffy's visit to the Maze! I thought the characte [...]

    11. Hunger strikes in Ireland, Bobby Sands has just died. Princess Di marrying Prince Charles is the rage in England. A young peeler (cop), university educated and bright, is determined to solve what appears to be the murders of two gay men despite "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. McKinty does an excellent job capturing the era. The book's high spot is its contrast of catholic Sean Duffy, trying to do his job, indulging his youthful sexuality, growing seriousness, and dealing with the violence wh [...]

    12. Dual review with Swedish first and then English!SWEDISH REVIEWKall, kall jord tar oss tillbaka till 80-talets Nordirland. Ett land med stora religiösa motsättningar och där det just nu pågår en hungerstrejk i fängelset i Belfast, där fångarna kräver bättre villkor. Mitt i allt detta hittas en man mördad och det blir upp till kriminalinspektör Sean Duffy att försöka finna ut vem gärningsmannen är. När sedan en annan man hittas mördad med tydliga kopplingar till den första kropp [...]

    13. This is quite good. Some really fabulous writing energy, intense, Duffy is an interesting character - reminds me a little of William Pettersen in To Live and Die in LA, for some reason. Set in Ireland, 1981, in the middle of a war zone sociopaths abound Duffy's a catholic homicide detective in an all Proddy police district, listens to the Ramones, Duffy does; lots of Irish in the language -- and convincingly -- there's even a short glossary at the back excellent plot lots of existential angst Mc [...]

    14. Wow this was depressing, but really good. Great view of early 1980's Belfast Ireland. Sad & interesting for what it shows of life at the time. (Paraffin heaters, daily terrorism, gangs, etc.) This really made me feel the pain, too. Duffy is a very believable cop, a Catholic in a Protestant area dealing with several murders & crazy complicated politics. To make things worse, it involves homosexuals in a time & place where they were less than human to most. Told in the first person wit [...]

    15. I enjoyed reading this book and give it a solid 4 stars. Sean Duffy is a Catholic police detective in the Northern Ireland RUC(Royal Ulster Constabulary). The RUC is a mostly Protestant force and the IRA has been known to target Catholic RUC officers. Some of his fellow officers are wary of him because he is a Catholic.It is against this background that Sean is called to the scene of a grisly murder. The victim has been shot dead and 1 hand has been cut off. The investigation reveals that the vi [...]

    16. Sean Duffy is a cop tasked with solving a serial killer who targets gay men and taunts the police with cryptic messages. Coupled with a seemingly unrelated suicide and heat from above to close the cases (Duffy is yet to solve a murder as we're introduced to him), Duffy is instantly against the odds.Whilst I'm familiar with author Adrian McKinty's novels, this was my first experience in listening to an audio book and I've got to say I found the experience rather pleasant. Narrator Gerard Doyle is [...]

    17. Sean Duffy is a young catholic police detective living in the midst of protestants in Carrickfergus, near Belfast in 1981 during the civil disturbance known as The Troubles. Tolerated by his neighbours, he does his best to uphold law and order in the midst of a war zone. When two homosexuals are found murdered he believes he has a case for once not related to the IRA and the current problems but it was never going to be that easy in the current climate of unrest and violence.Adrian McKinty was h [...]

    18. I had never heard of this author, but he was recommended to me on one of the discussion boards. I am so glad that I followed the recommendation and read this book. A taut,gripping well written mystery/ thriller.I won't go into the synopsis except to say that there is a lot going on in the book. It is a multi layered story and people and events were not how they appeared.I loved the references to the 60's music, and I enjoyed the quips/ dialogue of Sean Duffy. I can not imagine living in a time/c [...]

    19. Unlicensed to killIt's May 1981, and Northern Ireland is on the brink of a complete breakdown of law and order, possibly even civil war. IRA prisoners in the Maze are on hunger strike, and when the first one dies the streets erupt in violent riots. In the midst of this mayhem, a man is found dead with his hand cut off. At first the police assume the victim was an informer, punished by one or other of the bunches of murderous nutters who held sway in NI at that time. However, when a second body i [...]

    20. I have mixed feelings on this book, but I am a big believer in actions speaking louder than words, so here are two actions that you should know:1) I had a hard time putting this book down, and read it in about 4 sessions because it is definitely a page-turner and leaves you wanting more.2) Within a couple of hours of finishing this book, I ordered the next one in the seriesThat would indicate that I really liked it, so keep that in mind.I won't go into the plot much or give away any spoilers. Ju [...]

    21. Adrian McKinty is a man who has drunk of the Pierian spring, and wants us to know it. But, as he might put it, doubtless explicitly mentioning Alexander Pope on the way, this writing well exemplifies that poet's adage that a little learning is a dangerous thing, for what learning there is here is worn, shall we say, rather heavily. I wonder are any of his readers as impressed as McKinty is by his range of reference, from ancient Greek mythology - and even orthography!! - via Cicero to Puccini an [...]

    22. The first in a trilogy centered around Sean Duffy. I won’t be reading the next two! A very sad and disappointing piece of work. I have read and generally liked McKinty’s prior works. It centers around two different cases. One was back to back murders of two men who were both homosexual. The other involved a woman who was found hanged and who may or may not have killed herself. I really prefer mysteries and thrillers which are good literature as well. Otherwise, they are nothing but a beach r [...]

    23. I think McKinty does a masterful job of constructing his mystery and integrating the historical/cultural elements. While I enjoyed Ratlines by Stuart Neville, I thought it wasn't quite as "tight."Points (big and small) that I liked:(1) I like that McDuffy (the main detective) appears to have a sense of humor and not be your stereotypical alcoholic loaner detective that you see in so many books/movies(2)I loved the mention of the use of ordnance survey maps to help solve crimes(3) The ending/twis [...]

    24. I will try and convey how powerful this novel is as best I can. However, I’m not sure I can transfer the intensity of this story to paper. If you like complex, fast moving narrative, interwoven with historical significance, murder investigations and unbelievable setting and characters, you will like this book.The Cold, Cold, Ground, Audiobook, by Adrian McKinty, published 2012, Blackstone Audio, Inc Gerard Doyle, narrator. The author was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, lived there until the [...]

    25. Adrian McKinty is one of my go-to writers. He never lets me down and this book is no exception. This is a dark and convoluted story set in a very dark time in Northern Ireland. Great but heart wrenching stuff.

    26. This is Belfast in 1981 when the prisoners on hunger strike in The Maze fuelled nightly sectarian clashes between the IRA, UVF & police. Imagine living in a place where plumes of black smoke, burning buses, army check points & military helicopters are parts of daily life. And if you're a cop, our day also includes checking under your car each morning for a bomb.Especially if you're Catholic like DS Sean Duffy. He lives among the prods in Carrickfergus & taking him out would be a coup [...]

    27. A welcome addition to the genre of hard-bitten detectives, Sean Duffy is essentially an Irish Rebus. Fans of Ian Rankin's John Rebus will find plenty to like in McKinty's detective protagonist, a Catholic in the predominantly Protestant police force in Ulster in the 1980s. Duffy bears many similarities to Rebus - lives alone (but with occasional love interests), maverick cop, hard-drinking, likes music (even similar musical tastes) and has complicated relationship with local IRA mobster (think G [...]

    28. The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian MckintyThe Troubles Trilogy Book #15★'sFrom The Book:Spring 1981. Northern Ireland. Belfast on the verge of outright civil war. The Thatcher government has flooded the area with soldiers, but nightly there are riots, bombings, and sectarian attacks. In the midst of the chaos, Sean Duffy, a young, witty, Catholic detective in the almost entirely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, is trying to track down a serial killer who is targeting gay men. As a Catholic p [...]

    29. Sean Duffy is a Catholic cop living in Protestant Belfast during "The Troubles" in the early 1980's. The IRA hunger strikers were the biggest news of the day, and Sean does his best to stay out of trouble himself, checking his car every day for bombs before he heads off to work as a newly promoted Detective Sargent at the Carrickfergus RUC. His first major case in his new job starts with a body found in an abandoned car. The man had been shot in the chest and his right hand had been sawed off. T [...]

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