Adrian McKinty

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Adrian McKinty
Adrian McKinty.jpg
Born1968
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
OccupationWriter
NationalityIrish
EducationUniversity of Warwick, University of Oxford
Period1990s-
GenreCrime fiction, young adult fiction
Literary movementCeltic New Wave in Crime Fiction
Notable worksThe Cold Cold Ground (Sean Duffy series)
Notable awardsEdgar Award, Ned Kelly Award
SpouseLeah
ChildrenArwynn, Sophie
Website
adrianmckinty.blogspot.com officialadrianmckinty.com

Adrian McKinty is an Irish writer of crime and mystery novels and young adult fiction, best known for his Sean Duffy novels.[1] He is a winner of the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Barry Award, the Audie Award, the Anthony Award and has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

McKinty was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968. The fourth of five children, he grew up on the Victoria Council Estate in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. His father was a welder and boilermaker at the Harland and Wolff shipyard before becoming a merchant seaman. He grew up reading science fiction and crime novels by the likes of Ursula Le Guin, J G Ballard and Jim Thompson. He studied law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford.[2][3]

After graduating from Oxford in 1993, McKinty moved to New York and found work in a number of occupations: security guard, barman, bookstore clerk, rugby coach, door to door salesman and librarian for the Columbia University Library. In 1999, while his wife studied for a Fulbright in Israel, McKinty played loose head prop forward for the Jerusalem Lions Rugby Club.[4] In 2000, he relocated to Denver, Colorado to become a high school English teacher.[2]

Writing career[edit]

After writing several short stories, a novella and book reviews, his debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was published by Scribner in 2003.[2] The book was followed by two sequels in what would become to be known as the Michael Forsythe Trilogy. Alongside these, McKinty wrote the three books in his Lighthouse Trilogy, a series of science fiction young adult novels set in New York City, his native Ireland, and the fictional planet Altair.

In 2008 McKinty moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia, to become a full-time writer.[5]He found his greatest success and critical acclaim with the Sean Duffy series, following the eponymous Royal Ulster Constabulary Sergeant during The Troubles, beginning with 2012's The Cold Cold Ground. The third Duffy book, In the Morning I'll Be Gone, won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel. He also began working as a writer and reviewer for a number of publications including The Guardian[6], The Sydney Morning Herald[7], The Washington Post[8], The Independent[9], The Australian[10], The Irish Times[11] and Harpers[12].

Retirement and return to writing[edit]

McKinty quit writing in 2017 after being evicted from his rented house, citing a lack of income from his novels, and instead took work as an Uber driver. [13]. Upon hearing of his situation, fellow crime author Don Winslow passed some of his books to his agent, the screenwriter and producer Shane Salerno. In a late-night phone call, Salerno persuaded McKinty to write what would become The Chain[14]. The stand-alone thriller was inspired by the chain letters of his youth and contemporary reports of hostage exchanges. McKinty returned to writing after the book landed him a six-figure English-language book deal, and was optioned for a film adaptation.

Reception[edit]

Patrick Anderson of the Washington Post has praised McKinty as a leading light of the "new wave" of Irish crime novelists along with Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes and John Connolly.[15] He often uses the classic noir tropes of revenge and betrayal to explore his characters' existential quest for meaning in a bleak but lyrically intense universe.[16] 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. Liam McIlvanney, writing in the Irish Times, singled out McKinty's lyrical prose style as the defining characteristic of the Duffy series.[17] Some reviewers have criticised the explicit use of violence in his novels.[18] However, in reviewing McKinty's Fifty Grand in The Guardian,[19] John O'Connor called him a "master craftsman of violence and redemption, up there with the likes of Dennis Lehane."[20]

His novel The Dead Yard was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 12 Best Novels of 2006[21] Audible selected Falling Glass as the Best Mystery or Thriller of 2011.[22] In the Morning I'll Be Gone was named as one of the 10 best crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association.[23]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2004 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award shortlist for Dead I Well May Be
  • 2008 Young Hoosier Award and Beehive Award shortlist for The Lighthouse Land[24]
  • 2007 Audie Award for Best Thriller/Suspense for The Dead Yard.[25]
  • 2009 World Book Day Award longlist for The Bloomsday Dead[26]
  • 2010 Spinetingler Award for Best Novel for Fifty Grand[27]
  • 2011 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award longlist for Fifty Grand[28]
  • 2013 Spinetingler Award for Best Crime Novel for The Cold Cold Ground[29]
  • 2013 Prix Du Meilleur Polar shortlist for The Cold Cold Ground[30]
  • 2013 Crime Fest Last Laugh Award shortlist for The Cold Cold Ground[31]
  • 2014 Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel (Paperback Original) for I Hear the Sirens in the Street[32]
  • 2013 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel shortlist for I Hear the Sirens in the Street[33]
  • 2014 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière shortlist for I Hear the Sirens in the Street[34]
  • 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award shortlist for I Hear the Sirens in the Street[35]
  • 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction for In the Morning I'll Be Gone[36]
  • 2015 Audie Award For Best Thriller shortlist for In the Morning I'll Be Gone[37]
  • 2015 Prix SNCF Du Polar shortlist for The Cold Cold Ground[38]
  • 2016 Edgar Award (Best Paperback Original) shortlist for Gun Street Girl[39]
  • 2015 Ned Kelly Award shortlist for Gun Street Girl[40]
  • 2016 Anthony Award (Best Paperback Original) shortlist for Gun Street Girl[41]
  • 2016 Audie Award for Best Mystery shortlist for Gun Street Girl[42]
  • 2015 Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 for Gun Street Girl[43]
  • 2015 Irish Times Best Crime Novel of 2015 for Gun Street Girl[44]
  • '2017 Edgar Award (Best Paperback Original) for 'Rain Dogs[45]
  • 2017 Barry Award for 'Rain Dogs[46]
  • 2016 Boston Globe Best Book of 2016 for 'Rain Dogs[47]
  • 2016 Irish Times Best Crime Novel of 2016 for 'Rain Dogs[48]
  • 2016 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award shortlist for 'Rain Dogs[49]
  • 2016 Ned Kelly Award shortlist for 'Rain Dogs[50]
  • 2016 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger shortlist for 'Rain Dogs[51]
  • 2017 Anthony Award (Best Paperback Original) for 'Rain Dogs[52]
  • 2017 Ned Kelly Award for Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly[53]
  • 2018 International Thriller Writers Awards (Best Paperback Original Novel) shortlist for Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly[54]
  • 2017 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award shortlist for Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly[55]
  • 2017 Boston Globe Best Book of 2017 for Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly[56]
  • 2019 Time Magazine Books of the Year 'The Chain' [57]

Bibliography[edit]

Michael Forsythe Trilogy[edit]

  1. Dead I Well May Be (Scribner) 2003
  2. The Dead Yard (Scribner) 2006
  3. The Bloomsday Dead (Scribner) 2007[58]

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 Don't Look Friendly (Serpents Tail) 2017 ISBN 1781256926
  7. The Detective Up Late (Blackstone) 2019[59]

Standalone books[edit]

  • Orange Rhymes With Everything (novella) (Morrow) 1998
  • Hidden River (Scribner) 2005
  • Fifty Grand (Holt) 2009
  • Falling Glass (Serpents Tail) 2011
  • Deviant (Abrams) 2011
  • The Sun Is God (Serpents Tail in the UK/Seventh Street Books in the US) 2014
  • The Chain (Orion) 2019

As editor[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Class, Race and the Case for Genre Fiction in the Canon". 27 September 2017.
  3. ^ Doyle, Martin (2 October 2017). "Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty is October's Irish Times Book Club pick". The Irish Times. Dublin, Ireland. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Interview with Malcolm Hillgartner". Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. ^ Rowbotham, Jill (23 January 2015). "Adrian McKinty, writer, 46". The Australian. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Adrian McKinty". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  7. ^ McKinty, Review by Adrian (28 February 2014). "If the hotel walls had ears, this would be their story". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Five-minute memoir: Adrian McKinty recalls a scary school run during". The Independent. 30 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Ice-cold killers run rampant". Theaustralian.com.au. 2 October 2009.
  11. ^ McKinty, Adrian. "Aged 16, I vowed never to read another novel". The Irish Times.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Flood, Alison "From Uber driving to a huge book deal: Adrian McKinty's life-changing phone call" The Guardian, 9 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019
  14. ^ McKinty, Adrian "I gave up writing and found work in a bar... a year and a half later my book was sold to 36 countries" Belfast Telegraph, 13 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019
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  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Troubles fiction too urgent and topical to be historical". Irishtimes.com.
  18. ^ "Review - Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty". Eurocrime.co.uk.
  19. ^ O'Connell, John (7 August 2009). "Fifty grand by Adrian McKinty | Book review". Theguardian.com.
  20. ^ Dougherty, Steve (23 May 2013). "Adrian McKinty's Hard-Boiled Belfast Trilogy". Wsj.com.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 November 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  30. ^ "Le tueur se meurt de James Sallis: meilleur polar de l'année 2013". LExpress.fr. 29 November 2013.
  31. ^ "This page has moved". Crimefest.com.
  32. ^ "Barry Awards". Stopyourekillingme.com.
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ "Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2014 la sélection". Lalettredulibraire.com. 8 July 2014.
  35. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  36. ^ "Carrick author Adrian McKinty scoops literary accolade for Troubles thriller". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk.
  37. ^ "20th Annual Audie® finalists announced in thirty categories. Winners announced at the Audie Awards Gala in New York City on May 28th hosted by award winning author Jack Gantos" (PDF). Audiofilemagazine.com. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  38. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  40. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  41. ^ "Boucercon Nominees". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012.
  42. ^ Adrian McKinty [@adrianmckinty] (9 February 2016). "bloody delighted to be shortlisted for best mystery audiobook! #audies #underdog #blackstoneaudio #mystery" (Tweet) – via Twitter. /photo/1
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  49. ^ "Rowling's Galbraith makes book shortlist". Bbc.com. 31 May 2016.
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  52. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  53. ^ Steger, Jason (1 September 2017). "Crime writers Jane Harper and Adrian McKinty win Ned Kelly Award for best novel". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  54. ^ "2019 Thriller Awards – International Thriller Writers". Thrillerwriters.org.
  55. ^ Onatade, Ayo (19 May 2017). "SHOTSMAG CONFIDENTIAL: CWA Dagger Longlists".
  56. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  57. ^ https://time.com/collection/must-read-books-2019/5724592/the-chain/
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