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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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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. ( )
  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 |
Belfast, 1981. It's the height of the troubles, the death of imprisoned IRA members on hunger strike triggers riots. Sean Duffy is the lone catholic on a predominantly protestant police force. When they find a dead body with a cut off hand, they first think it's a murdered informant. But that theory is quickly shelved when further evidence surfaces. Are they after the first ever serial killer in Northern Ireland?

This series takes us back to a place and time when the police were heavily under siege and the CID's job was near impossible in a climate of distrust and warring factions, where any visit to a witness or suspect can turn into a deathly ambush. The author grew up in this environment and gives us a vivid impression of what life and work was like in these times. Great read.
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  sushicat | Jan 14, 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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