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The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy 1) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Adrian McKinty

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Title:The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy 1)
Authors:Adrian McKinty
Info:Serpent's Tail (2012), Paperback, 256 pages
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Rating:****
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The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian Mckinty
The Troubles Trilogy Book #1
5★'s

From The Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
The story was very close to my heart as my grandparents left Northern Ireland with my 3 year old mother and her 5 year old sister in 1926. They decided that the The Troubles were not a time that they wanted to raise a family in and my grandfather was Scottish and that was another story.

The time is 1981. It was a time when the technology that we rely so much on today was in it's infancy and the police for the most part, had to rely on what we now nostalgically refer to as "good old fashion detective work". DNA analysis was just coming on the forefront in criminal investigation, Enter Detective Sean Duffy...a really likable, imaginative character. If you were to take the best of John Thaw's Inspector Morse , Ian Rankin's John Rebus and add a bit of Peter James's Roy Grace stir well with some unexpected humor...you'll begin to see what this man is all about. I can not recommend this book highly enough. I only hope the next two in the trilogy are as intriguing as this one. ( )
  Carol420 | Nov 18, 2016 |
What's most impressive about Adrian Mckinty's novel (the first in a series of crime novels featuring detective Sean Duffy) is the early 1980s Belfast setting. All the historical elements are there, most prominently the death of Bobby Sands and the other hunger strikers, but also background events such as the Yorkshire Ripper murders in England.
The dismal, violent, fearful streets of the city are skilfully evoked and Sean Duffy himself is perfectly positioned in the centre of it all as a catholic living in a protestant street, viewed with suspicion by both his neighbours and his own catholic community who consider him a traitor working for the largely protestant police force.
However, the problem I had with the novel is that I couldn't relate to the c haracter of Sean Duffy. I prefer my police heroes to be conflicted, messed up men or women (e.g. Ian Rankin's Rebus or Saga Noren in 'The Bridge'). Duffy is ultra tough, brave and foolhardy - an action man as adept with a machine gun as he is with his fists. He also seems indestructible. On top of this, he's an educated, well read intellectual with a comprehensive knowledge of music (rock and classical). Plus, he has a beautiful pathologist girlfriend and he drives a BMW (really?).
Having said all that, the story rattles along and is gripping in places, although it became overcomplicated with too many twists near the end, including a strange trip to Italy. Maybe the lter books in the series are better. ( )
1 vote stephengoldenberg | Apr 6, 2016 |
9 audio discs

Detective Sergeant Duffy...Book 1

Sean Duffy is a Catholic detective in the almost entirely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary.
He discovers what appears to be serial killings.

Beyond being a police procedural, the novel does effectively portray social, political and moral issues of Northern Ireland in the spring 1981.

Laura, a pathologist/doctor is his love interest.

3.5★ ( )
  pennsylady | Feb 2, 2016 |
9 audio discs

Detective Sergeant Duffy...Book 1

Sean Duffy is a Catholic detective in the almost entirely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary.
He discovers what appears to be serial killings.

Beyond being a police procedural, the novel does effectively portray social, political and moral issues of Northern Ireland in the spring 1981.

Laura, a pathologist/doctor is his love interest.

3.5★ ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 27, 2016 |
This book follows a Catholic cop in the Northern Irish police force who discovers what appears to be a serial killer.
We follow his investigation, which is interesting, but equally interesting is the backdrop of Northern Ireland in the time of the Hunger Strikes, the mindless prejudice, the Iron Lady, and not to forget, that Royal wedding.
Interesting read with an appealingly main character who's a fish out of water, not only due to his religion but also education-wise.The casual violence and corruption of the culture is appalling. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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It is rumoured that after concluding his song about
the war in Ilium, Homer sang next of the war
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In a 1981 Northern Ireland rife with sectarian violence, Catholic detective Sean Duffy investigates a serial killer who is targeting gay men--a series of murders that may have political implications as well.

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