Adrian McKinty is an award-winning Australian novelist and I adore his series about Northern Irish detective Sean Duffy in Belfast in the 1980s. Every reader I know who has found this series has loved it and classed it as a must-read but McKinty is still a bit of an unknown.
His new stand alone novel The Chain already has an American film deal so he is about to make it big as an author, but I do recommend you read this series as well.
Smart, funny and definitely Irish this novel places Detective Seam Duffy in serious jeopardy with the opening scene leaving Duffy with a gun to his head and no hope of escaping. Readers are then lead on a journey of just how Duffy got himself into this predicament. Avoiding his family relationships, Duffy throws himself into a new murder investigation with chaotic consequences. His personal relationship with his girlfriend is also under pressure as the murder investigation ramps up and the personal danger escalates, as only it can in Northern Ireland just after the troubles. Political threads of Catholics and Protestants, violence, and how the IRA channelled their efforts into drugs and crime after the peace was declared are all part of the 1980s scenes in the latest in this series.
Definitely one for all McKinty fans but it can be easily read as a stand alone crime thriller.
Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly (Downloadable Audio)