Adrian McKinty

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Adrian McKinty is an Edgar Award winning Irish crime novelist who has also won the Ned Kelly Award and been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Anthony Award, Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York, then moving in 2000 to Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and began writing fiction. Since 2008 McKinty has lived in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and two children.[1]

Adrian McKinty
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Born 1968
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Writer
Nationality British/Irish
Education University of Warwick, University of Oxford
Period 1990s-
Genre Crime fiction, young adult fiction
Literary movement Celtic New Wave in Crime Fiction
Notable works The Cold Cold Ground (Sean Duffy series)
Notable awards Edgar Award, Ned Kelly Award
Spouse Leah
Children Arwynn, Sophie

Writing career[edit]

McKinty has written eighteen books twelve of which form two trilogies and a sextet.[2] He is primarily known as a writer of genre fiction: crime and mystery novels and young adult fiction. McKinty writes in a stylised prose manner with echoes of James Ellroy, and Elmore Leonard. Patrick Anderson of the Washington Post has praised McKinty as a leading light in the new wave of Irish crime novelists whose most celebrated members are Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes and John Connolly.[3] McKinty has been criticised for the explicit use of violence in his novels,[4] however John O'Connor reviewing McKinty's "Fifty Grand" in The Guardian[5] called him a "master of modern noir, up there with the likes of Dennis Lehane." McKinty uses the classic noir tropes of revenge and betrayal to explore his characters' existential quest for meaning in an often bleak but lyrically intense universe.[6] Steve Dougherty writing in The Wall Street Journal praised McKinty's use of irony and humour as a counterpoint to the violent world inhabited by McKinty's Sean Duffy character.[7]


  • His debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was short-listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award 2004.[8]
  • His debut young adult novel The Lighthouse Land was shortlisted for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award[9] and the 2008 Beehive Award[10]
  • The Dead Yard was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 12 Best Novels of 2006[11] and won the 2007 Audie Award for best thriller/suspense.[12]
  • The Bloomsday Dead was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award.[13]
  • Fifty Grand won the 2010 Spinetingler Award for best novel[14] and was longlisted for the 2011 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.[15]
  • selected Falling Glass as the Best Mystery or Thriller of 2011.[16]
  • The Cold Cold Ground won the 2013 Spinetingler Award for best crime novel,[17] was shortlisted for The 2013 Prix Du Meilleur Polar,[18] was shortlisted for the 2015 Prix SNCF Du Polar,[19] and Crime Fest's 2013 Last Laugh Award.[20]
  • I Hear The Sirens In The Street won the 2014 Barry Award for best mystery novel (paperback original),[21] was shortlisted for best crime novel at the 2013 Ned Kelly Awards,[22] was shortlisted for the 2014 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière,[23] and for the 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the year Award.[24]
  • In The Morning I'll Be Gone won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for best fiction,[25] was shortlisted for the 2015 Audie Award For Best Thriller [26] and was named as one of the 10 best crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association.[27]
  • Gun Street Girl was shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Award (best pbk original),[28] the 2015 Ned Kelly Award,[29] the 2016 Anthony Award (best pbk original),[30] the 2016 Audie Award for Best Mystery,[31] was a Boston Globe "Best Book of 2015"[32] and an Irish Times "Best Crime Novel of 2015."[33]
  • Rain Dogs won the 2017 Edgar Award (best pbk original),[34] was a Boston Globe "Best Book of 2016",[35] an Irish Times "Best Crime Novel of 2016" [36] and was shortlisted for the 2016 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award,[37] the 2016 Ned Kelly Award,[38] the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016,[39] the 2017 Anthony Award (best pbk original)[40] and the 2017 Barry Award best paperback original.[41]
  • Police At The Station And They Don't Look Friendly was long-listed for the 2017 CWA Steel Dagger Award.[42]


McKinty has written articles and book reviews for The Washington Post,[43] The Times,[44] The Guardian,[45] The Independent,[46] The Australian,[47]The Sydney Morning Herald,[48] The Melbourne Age,[49] and Harpers Magazine.[50]

Michael Forsythe Trilogy[edit]

  1. Dead I Well May Be (Scribner) 2003
  2. The Dead Yard (Scribner) 2006
  3. The Bloomsday Dead (Scribner) 2007[51]

The Lighthouse Trilogy[edit]

  1. The Lighthouse Land (Abrams) 2006
  2. The Lighthouse War (Abrams) 2007
  3. The Lighthouse Keepers (Abrams) 2008

The Sean Duffy series[edit]

  1. The Cold Cold Ground (Serpents Tail) 2012 ISBN 978-1616147167
  2. I Hear the Sirens in the Street (Serpents Tail) 2013 ISBN 978-1616147877
  3. In the Morning I'll Be Gone (Serpents Tail) 2014 ISBN 978-1616148775
  4. Gun Street Girl (Serpents Tail) 2015 ISBN 978-1633880009
  5. Rain Dogs (Serpents Tail) 2016 ISBN 978-1633881303
  6. Police at the Station and They Dont Look Friendly (Serpents Tail) 2017 ISBN 1781256926

Standalone Books[edit]

  1. Orange Rhymes With Everything (Morrow) 1998
  2. Hidden River (Scribner) 2005
  3. Fifty Grand (Holt) 2009
  4. Falling Glass (Serpents Tail) 2011
  5. Deviant (Abrams) 2011
  6. The Sun Is God (Serpents Tail in the UK/Seventh Street Books in the US) 2014

As Editor[edit]

  1. Belfast Noir (Akashic) 2014 with Stuart Neville

Personal life[edit]

After graduating from Oxford University in 1993 McKinty moved to New York City and found work as a security guard, barman, bookstore clerk, rugby coach, door to door salesman and librarian. In 2000 he relocated to Denver, Colorado to become a high school English teacher. In 2008 he and his family moved to St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia.[1]


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  51. ^ Anderson, Patrick (March 26, 2007). "Going great guns in Belfast". Washington Post. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
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