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The cold, cold ground de Adrian McKinty
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The cold, cold ground (2012 original; edició 2012)

de Adrian McKinty

Sèrie: Sean Duffy (1)

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Northern Ireland, spring 1981. Hunger strikes, riots, power cuts, 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. Detective Sergeant Duffy is the man tasked with trying to get to the bottom of it all.… (més)
Membre:Pauntley
Títol:The cold, cold ground
Autors:Adrian McKinty
Informació:London : Serpent's Tail, 2012.
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:1980’s Ulster, riots, terrorism, serial murders, police detective novel, first in the Sean Duffy series, recurrent extreme violence

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Totally engrossing. The ending is a bit much but I look forward to seeing where McKinty goes with this very unique take on mysteries/crime. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
This was a difficult story for me to enjoy, because I remember too well the horrors of IRA bombs in England, especially since family members were subject to many alarms and bomb alerts. Even as late as 1990, on a visit in London, we had Tube station panics and so forth related to the persistent IRA legacy of unrest that still plagued the Irish civilians around Belfast. So whether McKinty was precisely accurate in the recounting of early ‘80’s riots and gang warfare with the paramilitary groups is beside point. It was well-painted and set the background for a relentless tale of murder and shifting loyalties.

Throughout the novel I never understood why the Sean Duffy character, born and bred an Irish Catholic, was inexplicably living in a Protestant area of Ulster. Nor did it make sense that a Detective Sergeant would be in charge of a complex murder investigation that clearly had its roots in political machinations. Where were the Inspectors in all this palaver?

The elaborate unwinding of discovering the identity of the psychopath killer became over-complicated in the last quarter of the book and derailed the suspense. However, it certainly was a compelling read, so I positively recommend the novel for its suspense and its convoluted murder enquiry. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Dec 19, 2020 |
A young detective in torn Northern Ireland during The Troubles. I likely would not have read this but for a strong recommendation from a friend. I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, but am not particularly enthusiastic about reading the other two. Maybe. ( )
  susandennis | Oct 31, 2020 |
McKinty does an excellent job establishing the setting, time and place.

> The sky was blue and Concorde was doing a big burn above our heads on the outward leg of the TransAt.

> If the papers were to be believed there were two things going on in the world: the Royal Wedding and the IRA hunger strikes

> "Have you got any sandwiches, Preston?" I asked him. He shook his head. "I'll give you five quid for a bag of crisps." He had no crisps. I called up half a dozen Chinese restaurants to see if any of them were open on a Sunday. None were. ( )
  breic | Jul 14, 2020 |
I have fallen a tiny bit in love with the narrator of the audio version of this crime story (Gerard Doyle). The northern Irish accents had me hooked in from the beginning and a crime story set during the Troubles was always bound to reel me in. Author McKinty immersed me in the life of Catholic policeman Sean Duffy, working during the Hunger Strikes in Northern Ireland.
So - if you haven’t tried audio books, give them a go. Listen free via your local library! ( )
  Mercef | Jul 9, 2020 |
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
McKinty, Adrianautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Doyle, GerardNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Larsson, NilsTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lontzek, PeterNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Torberg, PeterÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Northern Ireland, spring 1981. Hunger strikes, riots, power cuts, 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. Detective Sergeant Duffy is the man tasked with trying to get to the bottom of it all.

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