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A death in a historic castle, locked up overnight. It almost looks like a suicide, but then Sean Duffy pulls on a few little threads, and the whole Establishment could come undone ...

About the Author

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, and grew up at the height of the Troubles. He studied law, politics and philosophy at university. In the early 1990s he moved to New York City where he worked in bars, bookstores and building sites. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia. The first Sean Duffy novel The Cold Cold Ground won the 2013 Spinetingler Award, its sequel I Hear The Sirens In The Street was shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award, and Sean Duffy Thriller #3, In the Morning I'll be Gone, won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award and was picked as one of the top 10 crime novels of 2014 by the American Library Association.


Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy thrillers set in 1980s Belfast come thick and fast, but the quality remains constant ... The tension between McKinty's competing love of tight, formal puzzles and loose, riffing dialogue is what makes the Duffy novels such a joy ... enormous fun. The last chapters suggest Duffy may be on the verge of becoming a responsible adult. I hope not. -- John O'Connell * Guardian *
Someone who always delivers: Adrian McKinty ... he's very good at taking the story in a direction you don't see coming -- Val McDermid
Thoroughly engaging crime novels... In Rain Dogs, McKinty has had the brilliant idea of challenging Duffy with a locked-room mystery straight out of the golden age of detective fiction ... This is a classic plot with modern twists, but it is Duffy's character - sexist and self-aware by turns - that powers the book to its inevitable conclusion. -- Joan Smith * Sunday Times *
McKinty's current exile from his native Carrickfergus has not dampened the heat and immediacy of his tales which are set in the sectarian-ridden Northern Ireland of the 1980s ... Rain Dogs is further proof that time and geographical distance are valuable aids for an author excavating the dark matter of the Troubles. -- Anthony J Quinn * Irish News *
Full of humour and good set pieces ... the [plot] revelations are satisfying, I liked the character of Duffy -- Anthony Thuillier * RTE Radio 1 Arena *
Adrian McKinty is on a roll ... Rain Dogs, does not disappoint. The dark humour, the verbal jests, and the seamless insertion of real historical figures and events into the fictional narrative are all superbly sustained ... The detail in this historical reconstruction is delicious ...This is clever historical crime with the bite of social commentary and the joy of a crime series at its zenith. -- Sue Turnbull * Sydney Morning Herald *
Praise for the Sean Duffy series: 'Fast-paced, intricate and crime to the core. * Guardian *
McKinty's Troubles-set tales of sarky Belfast cop Sean Duffy are becoming one of the great crime series ... Brilliant * The Sun *
A treat and an education -- Val McDermid
Fluent and fast paced * Sunday Times *
Creeps up on you and explodes * Daily Mail *
An exciting new voice -- Ian Rankin
Gun Street Girl revels in the farce that was the past to deliver a stellar crime novel for the present. Simply outstanding. * Sydney Morning Herald *
This is a first-rate crime thriller that commands attention from the opening pages and keeps the reader interested until the end * Sydney Morning Herald *
The release of a new Sean Duffy novel by Adrian McKinty is always one of the highlights of a crime reader's year * Sydney Morning Herald *
Despite the dark subject matter, Rain Dogs makes for a breezy, blackly humorous read ... The most enjoyable aspect of the novel is McKinty's unsentimental prose, a stark style that employs a terse, brutal poetry to evoke startling imagery ... All told, it's a deliciously readable tale. -- Declan Burke * Irish Examiner *

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