The Cold Cold Ground

The Cold Cold Ground

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, ©2012
ISBN: 9781616147167
Branch Call Number: MCKINTY
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 30, 2017

Book One of The Troubles Trilogy

Nov 10, 2016

I have traveled to Northern Ireland many times and like mystery novels, so this novel seemed like a good fit for me.

I was really enjoying about the first 75% of the book, but I found the general ending disappointing. There are not enough late plot twists or surprises, and some of the events early in the novel that we the readers are trying to fit into our hypotheses turn out to have basically no significance.

This author is a great find. Sensitive political background to a great crime novel.

Oct 20, 2015

If you enjoyed Ian Rankin's' Inspector Rebus books, you'll enjoy these.

AuntJane Jan 05, 2015

Was introduced to this writer by Book Club - I have never read anything set in Northern Ireland during "the Troubles" and I found it fascinating. Interesting detective and story line. I am looking forward to reading the next installment!

Apr 09, 2014

I am now finishing the trilogy and have been fairly hooked the whole way. One recommendation- try these on audio. The reader is good and the language comes to life in the ear in a way it doesn't on the page. I didn't think Ireland was something I wanted to learn about, but these books have made me curious. They also make me think a bit of the Jackson Brodie books by Kate Atkinson.

Apr 08, 2014

A well-told story with a likable main character. Especially interesting because it's set against the backdrop of "the troubles" in Ireland.

Feb 14, 2014

Well plotted, great protagonist, and wonderfully atmospheric. I'm looking forward to more McKinty.

path111 Jan 26, 2014

Interested in Ireland's "troubles" and looking for a recommended mystery, I started this book with high expectations. Almost three quarters through the book, I gave up.

The characters seemed wooden. The plot had become obscure. The pace felt like it was going nowhere.
For me, so disappointing I couldn't put up with it till the end.

Jan 04, 2014

320 pp.

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