The Cold Cold Ground

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A Catholic cop tracks a killer operating amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

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 ...

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Overview

A Catholic cop tracks a killer operating amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

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, "The Cold Cold Ground" is a brilliant depiction of Belfast at the height of the Troubles and a cop caught in the cross fire.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

"If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written." —Times of London

"Set against a backdrop of riots in the middle of the 1981 hunger strikes and the death of Bobby Sands, McKinty creates a marvelous sense of time and place; an evocation of darkness and horror, of corruption and collusion, . . . the immediacy of death and the cheapness of life. . . . There will be many readers waiting for the next adventure of the dashing and intrepid Sergeant Duffy." —Irish Independent

"A literary thriller that is as concerned with exploring the poisonously claustrophobic demi-monde of Northern Ireland during the Troubles, and the self-sabotaging contradictions of its place and time, as it is with providing the genre's conventional thrills and spills. The result is a masterpiece of Troubles crime fiction: had David Peace, Eoin McNamee and Brian Moore sat down to brew up the great Troubles novel, they would have been very pleased indeed to have written The Cold Cold Ground." —Irish Times

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This series starter from McKinty (Fifty Grand) introduces hard-boiled but likable Det. Sgt. Sean Duffy, a Catholic who remains brashly, winningly sardonic even under the pressure of 1981 Belfast's overwhelmingly Protestant police force. With the hunger strikes ongoing, Duffy tries to prove himself by finding an apparent serial killer targeting gay men, but is impeded by Northern Ireland's revolution-racked but socially conservative culture. As Duffy tries to decipher gnomic clues involving opera and mythology, he begins to suspect that the suicide of a hunger striker's wife links the apparently apolitical murders to the equally ruthless paramilitary and IRA factions. Though an anachronistic tone occasionally jars with the period atmosphere provided by carefully observed detail and cameos from the likes of Gerry Adams, the deft mix of noirish melancholy with express-train pacing and blockbuster-ready action enticingly sets the stage for Duffy's future adventures. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2013 Spinetingler Award for best crime novel!

“The best crime novel mystery that I've read in a long time. . . .  [McKinty is] a great writer. “
–NANCY PEARL, NPR
 
“A dark-humored shamus in the Phillip Marlowe tradition, [Sean Duffy] is . . . buoyed through the murderous chaos by his love of classical, punk, and new-wave music, the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and frothy pints of Guinness.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL
 
 “A razor-sharp thriller set against the backdrop of a country in chaos, told with style, courage, and dark-as-night wit. . . . An utterly brilliant novel with its own unique voice.”
–STUART NEVILLE, author of Ratlines

"Everything in this novel hits all the right notes, from its brilliant evocation of time and place to razor-sharp dialogue to detailed police procedures. McKinty. . . has another expertly crafted crime trilogy going here, and readers will want to see what he [does] in the next two."
BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW

“McKinty kicks off a trilogy with this 1981 Belfast-set tale that provides a fascinating look at everyday life in Northern Ireland during “the Troubles.” The protagonist is clever and funny, the interaction of the police and various factions is eye-opening and the mystery is intriguing, with an unexpected twist at the end.” 
–RT BOOK REVIEWS Four Stars (Compelling – Page-turner)

"If Raymond Chandler had grown up in Northern Ireland, The Cold Cold Ground is what he would have written."
–TIMES OF LONDON

“The rage, dissent and blind self-interest of “the Troubles” are the perfect backdrop for this brutal noir masterpiece…. For all of its brutality, the book is subtle and nuanced…. Duffy [is] the keen observer, the perfect protagonist. A righteous man who unwillingly takes his pursuit of justice into the realm of moral ambiguity.”
–ARIZONA REPUBLIC

“McKinty belongs to a crew of much-praised Irish crime novelists that includes John Connolly, Declan Burke and Ken Bruen.”
–SACRAMENTO BEE

“[A] superb book. In addition to developing likable and complex characters, McKinty does an exceptional job of depicting Northern Ireland in 1981, interweaving real historical events...into the narrative…. McKinty's evocation of the time is perfect; although it is a dark and troubling place, I can't wait to return to the scene once again.” 
–REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE

Library Journal
What better cover for a serial killer than the political hunger strikes, car bombs, and street riots of Northern Ireland's "troubles"? Det. Sean Duffy, a rarity as a Catholic cop, doesn't step back from digging deep into a case in which gay men are being killed and mutilated with symbolic messages (such as cut-off hands) and more obscure, artistic clues. But as Duffy learns more about the victims, he wonders if their deaths aren't politically motivated after all. Then, when a local missing woman turns up dead and is presumed to have killed herself, initially only Duffy senses that she was murdered and that her death connects with those of the gay men. By now, he has managed to alienate some powerful folks in the activist movement, and he might have to be silenced, too. VERDICT For fans of Stewart Neville's crime novels, a new and harrowing Irish trilogy is underway. At turns violent and labyrinthine, McKinty's (Dead I Well May Be) fine police procedural is also the ultimate page-turner. I cannot wait for Book Two!NEWLY TRANSLATED
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616147167
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: The Troubles Trilogy , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 131,821
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ADRIAN MCKINTY is the author of seven crime novels, including "Dead I Well May Be" (shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award), "Fifty Grand" (the 2010 Spinetingler Award winner), and, most recently, "Falling Glass." Born and raised in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, McKinty was called "the best of the new generation of Irish crime novelists" in the Glasgow Herald.

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THE COLD, COLD GROUND

A DETECTIVE SEAN DUFFY NOVEL
By ADRIAN McKINTY

SEVENTH STREET BOOKS

Copyright © 2012 Adrian McKinty
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-61614-717-4


Chapter One

THE THIN BLUE LINE

The riot had taken on a beauty of its own now. Arcs of gasoline fire under the crescent moon. Crimson tracer in mystical parabolas. Phosphorescence from the barrels of plastic bullet guns. A distant yelling like that of men below decks in a torpedoed prison ship. The scarlet whoosh of Molotovs intersecting with exacting surfaces. Helicopters everywhere: their spotlights finding one another like lovers in the Afterlife.

And all this through a lens of oleaginous Belfast rain.

I watched with the others by the Land Rover on Knockagh Mountain. No one spoke. Words were inadequate. You needed a Picasso for this scene, not a poet.

The police and the rioters were arranged in two ragged fronts that ran across a dozen streets, the opposing sides illuminated by the flash of newsmen's cameras and the burning, petrol-filled milk bottles sent tumbling across the no man's land like votive offerings to the god of curves.

Sometimes one side charged and the two lines touched for a time before decoupling and returning to their original positions.

The smell was the stench of civilization: gunpowder, cordite, slow match, kerosene.

It was perfect.

It was Giselle.

It was Swan Lake.

And yet ...

And yet we had the feeling that we had seen better.

In fact we had seen better only last week when, in the hospital wing of The Maze Prison, IRA commander Bobby Sands had finally popped his clogs.

Bobby was a local lad from Newtownabbey and a poster boy for the movement, having never killed anyone and coming from a mixed Protestant-Catholic background. And bearded, he was a good Jesus, which didn't hurt either.

Bobby Sands was the maitreya, the world teacher, the martyr who would redeem mankind through his suffering.

When Bobby finally died on the sixty-sixth day of his hunger strike the Catholic portions of the city had erupted with spontaneous anger and frustration.

But that was a week ago and Frankie Hughes, the second hunger striker to die, had none of Bobby's advantages. No one thought Frankie was Jesus. Frankie enjoyed killing and was very good at it. Frankie shed no tears over dead children. Not even for the cameras.

And the riots for his death felt somewhat ... orchestrated.

Perhaps on the ground it seemed like the same chaos and maybe that's what they would print tomorrow in newspapers from Boston to Beijing ... But up here on the Knockagh it was obvious that the peelers had the upper hand. The rioters had been cornered into a small western portion of the city between the hills and the Protestant estates. They faced a thousand full-time peelers, plus two or three hundred police reserve, another two hundred UDR and a battalion-strength unit of British Army regulars in close support. The Brits on this occasion were the Black Watch who, notoriously, were full of Glaswegian roughnecks looking for any chance of a rumble. There were hundreds of rioters—not the thousands that had been predicted: this hardly represented a general uprising of even the Catholic population and as for the promised "revolution" ... well, not tonight.

"It looks bad," young Constable Price offered as a conversational opener.

"Ach, it's half-hearted at best for this lad," Detective Constable McCrabban replied in his harsh, sibilant, Ballymena-farmer accent.

"It's no fun being the second hunger striker to croak it. Everybody remembers the first one, number two is no good at all. They won't be writing folk songs for him," Sergeant McCallister agreed.

"What do you think, Duffy?" Constable Price asked me.

I shrugged. "Crabbie's right. It's never gonna be as big for number two. And the rain didn't help him."

"The rain?" McCallister said skeptically. "Forget the rain! It's the Pope. It was bad luck for Frankie to kick the bucket just a few hours before somebody tried to kill the Pope."

I'd done an analysis of Belfast riots from 1870–1970 which showed an inverse proportion between rain and rioting. The heavier the downpour the less likely there was to be trouble, but I kept my trap shut about that—nobody else up here had gone to University and there was no gain to be had from rubbing in my book-learning. And big Sergeant McCallister did have a point about John Paul II. It wasn't every news cycle that someone shot the Holy Father.

"He was a scumbag was Frankie Hughes. A rare 'un. It was his ASU that killed Will Gordon and his wee girl," Sergeant McCallister added.

"I thought it was the wee boy who was killed," McCrabban said.

"Nah. The wee boy lived. The bomb was in the car. The wee lad was severely injured. Will and his young daughter were blown to bits," McCallister explained.

There was a silence after that punctuated by a far-off discharge of baton rounds.

"Fenian bastards," Price said.

Sergeant McCallister cleared his throat. Price wondered what that meant for a beat or two and then he remembered me.

"Oh, no offense, Duffy," he muttered, his thin lips and pinched face even thinner and pinchier.

"No offense, Detective Sergeant Duffy," Sergeant McCallister said to put the new constable in his place.

"No offense, Sergeant Duffy," Price repeated petulantly.

"None taken, son. I'd love to see things from your point of view but I can't get my head that far up my arse."

Everybody laughed and I used this as my exit line and went inside the Land Rover to read the Belfast Telegraph.

It was all about the Pope. His potential assassin was a man called Mehmed Ali Agca, a Turk, who had shot him in St. Peter's Square. The Telegraph didn't have much more information at this stage but they padded out the story with the shocked opinions of local people and politicians and a few right-wing Protestant nuts, like Councilor George Seawright who felt that this was an "important blow against the Anti-Christ."

Sergeant McCallister poked his big puffy face and classic alky nose round the back of the Land Rover.

"You're not taking the huff at Price, are you, Sean?" he asked in a kindly manner.

"Jesus no. I was just getting out of the rain," I replied.

Sergeant McCallister grinned with relief. One of those infectious grins that I had not been blessed with myself. "That's good. Well, look, I was thinking, do you want to call it a day? No one is going to be needing us. They're more than covered down there in the riot. They've got redundancy in spades. Shall we bog off?"

"You're the senior sergeant. It's your call."

"I'll log us in to midnight, but we'll skip, what say you?"

"Alan, I think that's the most sensible thing I've heard since we bloody came up here."

On the way back down the mountain McCallister put a cassette in the player and we listened to his personal mix tape of Crystal Gayle, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. They dropped me first on Coronation Road, Carrickfergus. "Is this your new manor?" McCrabban asked, looking at the fresh paint job on number 113.

"Aye, I just moved in couple of weeks ago, no time yet for a housewarming party or anything," I said quickly.

"You own it?" Sergeant McCallister asked.

I nodded. Most people still rented in Victoria Estate, but a few people were buying their council houses from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive under Mrs. Thatcher's privatization plans. I had bought the place vacant for only £10,000. (The family that had lived here had owed two year's rent and one night just upped and vanished. To America, some said, but nobody really knew.)

"You painted it pink?" Price asked with a grin.

"That's lavender, you color-blind eejit," I said.

McCallister saw that Price clearly hadn't got the message yet. "Hey lads, you know why Price nearly failed the police entrance exam? He thought a polygon was a dead parrot."

The lads chuckled dutifully and somebody punched Price on the shoulder.

McCallister winked at me. "We have to head, mate," he announced and with that they closed the back doors of the Rover.

"See you!" I shouted after them as they drove off, but it was unlikely they heard me through the bulletproofing and armor plate.

I stood there looking ridiculous with my full riot gear, helmet and Sterling sub-machine gun.

A wee lad was gawping at me. "Is that a real gun, mister?" he asked.

"I certainly hope so," I said, opened my gate and walked down the garden path. It wasn't a bad house: a neat job in the middle of the terrace, built in the 1950s, like the rest of Victoria Estate, Carrickfergus for the Protestant working poor. Of course these days hardly anybody was working. The ICI textile plant had closed last year, in the autumn of 1980, and they had employed one in every four men in Carrick. Now the town had an unemployment rate of twenty per cent and it would have been worse but for emigration to England and Australia and the brand new DeLorean factory that had just opened in Dunmurray. If people bought DeLoreans in anything like the numbers predicted then Carrickfergus and Northern Ireland had a chance. Otherwise ...

"Busy night?" Mrs. Campbell asked from next door.

Mrs. Campbell ... I smiled and said nothing. Best not to. She was trouble. Thirty-two. Red hair. Looker. Husband away on the North Sea oil rigs. Two weans under ten. There was no way.

"You know, what with the riots and everything?" she insisted while I hunted for my keys.

"Aye," I said.

"I suppose you heard about the Pope?"

"Yes."

"You could find about a dozen suspects on this street," she said with a cackle.

"I'm sure you could," I agreed.

"Personally, mind, I find it shocking, really shocking," she said.

I blinked a couple of times and looked straight ahead. This statement worried me. It meant that she was trying to show empathy, which led me to the inescapable conclusion that she probably fancied me and that she (and everybody else on the street) knew that I was a Catholic.

I hadn't been here three weeks, barely spoken to anyone. What had I done in this time to give myself away? Was it the way I pronounced the letter "H" or was it just that I was marginally less sour than Coronation Road's dour Protestant population?

I put the key in the lock, shook my head and went inside. I hung up my coat, took off my bulletproof vest and unbuckled the handgun. In case we'd been needed for riot duty I'd also been issued with a CS gas canister, a billy club and that scary World War Two machine gun—presumably to deal with an IRA ambush en route. I carefully put all these weapons on the hall table.

I hung my helmet on the hook and went upstairs.

There were three bedrooms. I used two for storage and had taken the front one for myself as it was the biggest and came with a fireplace and a nice view across Coronation Road to the Antrim Hills beyond.

Victoria Estate lay at the edge of Carrickfergus and hence at the edge of the Greater Belfast Urban Area. Carrick was gradually being swallowed up by Belfast but for the moment it still possessed some individual character: a medieval town of 13,000 people with a small working harbor and a couple of now empty textile factories.

North of Coronation Road you were in the Irish countryside, south and east you were in the city. I liked that. I had a foot in both camps too. I'd been born in 1950 in Cushendun when that part of rural Northern Ireland was like another planet. No phones, no electricity, people still using horses to get around, peat for cooking and heating, and on Sundays some of the crazier Protestants rowing or sailing across the North Channel in little doreys to attend the kirk in Scotland.

Aye, I'd been whelped a country boy but in 1969, right as the Troubles were kicking off, I'd gone to Queen's University Belfast on a full scholarship to study psychology. I'd loved the city: its bars, its alleys, its character and, at least for a while, the university area was immune to the worst of the violence.

It was the era of Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson, and QUB was a little candle of light held up against the gathering dark.

And I'd done well there if I say so myself. Nobody was doing psychology in those days and I'd shone. Not much competition, I suppose, but still. I'd gained a first-class degree, fell in and out of love a couple of times, published a little paper on the unreliability of eyewitness testimony in the Irish Journal of Criminology and perhaps I would have stayed an academic or gotten a job across the water but for the incident.

The incident.

Why I was here now. Why I'd joined the peelers in the first place.

I stripped off the last of my police uniform and hung it in the cupboard. Under all that webbing I had sweated like a Proddy at a High Mass, so I had a quick shower to rinse out the peeler stink. I dried myself and looked at my naked body in the mirror.

5' 10". 11 stone. Rangy, not muscled. Thirty years old but I looked thirty unlike my colleagues on sixty cigs a day. Dark complexion, dark curly hair, dark blue eyes. My nose was an un-Celtic aquiline and when I worked up a tan a few people initially took me as some kind of French or Spanish tourist (not that there were many of those rare birds in these times). As far as I could tell there wasn't a drop of French or Spanish blood in my background but there were always those dubious sounding local stories in Cushendun about survivors from the wreck of the Spanish Armada ...

I counted the grey hairs.

Fourteen now.

I thought about the Serpico moustache. Again dismissed it.

I raised an eyebrow at myself. "Mrs. Campbell, it must be awful lonely with your husband away on the North Sea ..." I said, for some reason doing a Julio Iglesias impersonation.

"Oh, it's very lonely and my house is so cold ..." Mrs. Campbell replied.

I laughed and perhaps as a tribute to this mythical Iberian inheritance I sought out my Che Guevara T-shirt, which Jim Fitzpatrick had personally screenprinted for me. I found an old pair of jeans and my Adidas trainers. I lit the upstairs paraffin heater and went back downstairs.

I turned on the lights, went into the kitchen, took a pint glass from the freezer and filled it half full with lime juice. I added a few ice cubes and carried it to the front room: the good room, the living room, the lounge. For some arcane Proddy reason no one in Coronation Road used this room. It was where they kept the piano and the family Bible and the stiff chairs only to be brought out for important visitors like cops and ministers.

I had no toleration for any of that nonsense. I'd set up the TV and stereo in here and although I still had some decorating to do, I was pleased with what I'd achieved. I'd painted the walls a very un-Coronation Road Mediterranean blue and put up some original—mostly abstract—art that I'd got from the Polytech Design School. There was a bookcase filled with novels and art books and a chic looking lamp from Sweden. I had a whole scheme in mind. Not my scheme admittedly, but a scheme none the less. Two years back I'd stayed with Gresha, a friend from Cushendun, who had fled war-torn Ulster in the early '70s for New York City. She'd apparently become quite the professional little blagger and hanger-on, name-dropping Warhol, Ginsberg, Sontag. None of that had turned my head but I'd done a bit of experimenting and I'd gone apeshit for her pad on St. Mark's Place; I imagine I had consciously tried to capture some of its aesthetic here. There were limits to what one could do in a terraced house in a Jaffa sink estate in far-flung Northern Ireland, however, but if you closed the curtains and turned up the music ...

I topped off the pint glass with 80 proof Smirnoff vodka, stirred the drink and grabbed a book at random from the bookcase.

It was Jim Jones's The Thin Red Line which I'd read on my World War Two jag along with Catch 22, The Naked and the Dead, Gravity's Rainbow and so on. Every cop usually had a book going on for the waiting between trouble. I didn't have one at the moment and that was making me nervous. I skimmed through the dog-eared best bits until I found the section where First Sergeant Welsh of C for Charlie Company just decides to stare at all the men on the troop ship for two full minutes, ignoring their questions and not caring if they thought he was crazy because he was the goddamned First Sergeant and he could do anything he bloody well wanted. Nice. Very nice.

That scene read, I turned on the box, checked that the Pope was still alive and switched to BBC2, which was showing some minor snooker tournament I hadn't previously heard of. I was just getting a little booze buzz going and quite enjoying the loose match between Alex Higgins and Cliff Thorburn (both them boys on their fifth pint of beer) when the phone rang.

I counted the rings. Seven, eight, nine. When it reached ten I went into the hall and waited for a couple more.

When it reached fifteen, I finally picked up the receiver.

"Aye?" I said suspiciously.

"There's good news and bad news," Chief Inspector Brennan said.

"What's the good news, sir?" I asked.

"It's nearby. You can walk from there."

"What's the bad news?"

"It's nasty."

I sighed. "Jesus. Not kids?"

"Not that kind of nasty."

"What kind of nasty, then?"

"They chopped one of his hands off."

"Lovely. Whereabouts?"

"The Barn Field near Taylor's Avenue. You know it?"

"Aye. Are you over there now?"

(Continues...)



Excerpted from THE COLD, COLD GROUND by ADRIAN McKINTY Copyright © 2012 by Adrian McKinty. Excerpted by permission of SEVENTH STREET BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

1: the thin blue line....................9
2: your tiny hand is frozen....................29
3: a different music....................56
4: boneybefore....................61
5: mercury tilt....................75
6: the long bad saturday....................80
7: saturday night and sunday morning....................107
8: orpheus in the underworld....................113
9: the fourth estate....................129
10: sitting ducks....................135
11: the friends of tommy little....................144
12: biting at the grave....................155
13: he kissed me and it felt like a hit....................182
14: the apartment....................190
15: thursday, may 21, 1981....................212
16: patterns....................231
17: ariadne's thread....................239
18: lifted....................245
19: the scarlet letter....................251
20: who killed lucy moore?....................261
21: coronation road....................279
22: the conversation....................284
23: the italian job....................292
24: the wilderness of mirrors....................297
Glossary....................317
About ... The Cold Cold Ground....................318
About ... Adrian McKinty....................320
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    I've read about half of author Adrian McKinty's adult books (so

    I've read about half of author Adrian McKinty's adult books (so far) and this is one of his best. What I like about McKinty's writing in this book is not just the mystery story--which is pretty entertaining--but also his flair for humor and natural dialogue; he's got the ear and the voice, so it just sings, IMO.

    Since this is the first in a new series, it's a perfect time to give McKinty a try; I don't think you'll be disappointed and, if you like the book, he's got more coming, as well as 6-7 previous books you can read (yeah, I know, this reads like the author posting himself or having one of his friends shill for him, but I'm definitely not him, nor have I ever met him--I just like his writing and want him to be a "success," where success is defined as many more books published for me and others to read).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    McKinty tells stories through characters that have a unique vist

    McKinty tells stories through characters that have a unique vista on a place and time. The Cold Cold Ground is a fascinating police procedural that integrates social and political tensions of 1980s Belfast with Sgt Detective Sean Duffy's investigation into a series of gruesome murders. McKinty skillfully builds Duffy's world, and the story has a quick rhythm even though each scene is full of detail. Also enjoyable: numerous 80s pop-culture references.

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    Posted January 10, 2014

    To Coldstar what about ....

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    Posted January 8, 2014

    Frostbird

    I am an icey white she cat, with silver eyes. I was born with a mark on my neck of a flame, my brother had one, but it was a snowflake. My twin brother and I were the contents of a prophecy, he had amazing fire powers, he could set the whole forest on fire in an instant. I have what I like to call winter powers. I can freeze things, I can make it snow, I could bring on an eternal winter if I wanted to. When I was very small there was a bigger kit that taunted me every day. He would call me names, hurt me, and spread rumors. I finall snapped, and I froze him. He is still an icey statue. My brother thawed his inards, to try to buy enough time to figure out how to completely thaw. The kit died any way and I have bever forgiven myself for that. That is why I wish to join this clan, to remind myself not to have such a cold heart ever again. I hope this sufficient information. Thank you for your consideration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Icestorm

    "Wow! I have found my long lost Clan! I can't beleive it! Is Rockfur here?" He mewed, excitement surging through his body.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Coldstar

    "What rest"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Frostwing

    She pads, looking around with bright blue eyes "May I join?" She mews, a hint of nervousness in her voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Awesome book

    The pace of this book was perfect. This was quite a page turner. The description of irelsnd during the troubles was very apt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    I really enjoy this authors work. I have read most of his other

    I really enjoy this authors work. I have read most of his other books and I recommend the read. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    This is a fabulous book. It's more than a police procedural as i

    This is a fabulous book. It's more than a police procedural as it takes on social, political and moral issues of Northern Ireland in 1981. The prose is exceptional and there's lots of humour as well. Highly recommended.

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    Posted May 22, 2012

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    Posted February 28, 2014

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