The Cold Cold Ground: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel
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... show more
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 policeman, Duffy is suspected by both sides and there are layers of complications. For one thing, homosexuality is illegal in Northern Ireland in 1981. Then he discovers that one of the victims was involved in the IRA, but was last seen discussing business with someone from the Protestant UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force). Fast-paced, evocative, and brutal, this book is a brilliant depiction of Belfast at the height of the Troubles and a cop caught in the cross fire.
Publish date: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Irish Literature
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Sean Duffy (#1)
~~Moved from GR~~ The Cold Cold Ground (Troubles Trilogy #1) by Adrian McKinty I wish I wereIn CarrickfergusWhere the castleLooks out to sea...But take my word for it, in 1981, you'd rather be anywhere else. In the town of Carrickfergus, near Belfast, the Troubles are rampant: IRA terrorists and...
My first Adrian McKinty book (and it won't be my last).McKinty is a stylist and his protagonist often muses on the ironies and complexities of human existence. It is both beautiful and astonishingly well grounded in history.What this book does better than anything else is show how complicated life ...
We had the very good fortune a couple of years ago to meet and visit with a Goodreads friend in Ireland (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1516847.Anthony_D_Buckley). My wife's grandmother immigrated from northern Ireland in the late 19th century and since things had calmed down in Ireland we fle...
I was surprisingly impressed with this book. Duffy, the main character, wasn't too much in the Sam Spade/ macho/ fucked-up but good mould and the atmosphere evoking what it must have been like living in Northern Ireland during the hunger strikes was great. Fab story too.