Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty

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The Island was the most recently released book by Adrian McKinty, on May 17th, 2022.

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Adrian McKinty Stats: The highest rated book by Adrian McKinty on Book Notification is Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly, the 6th novel in the Detective Sean Duffy series. The second-highest rated book is Rain Dogs (Detective Sean Duffy #5).

The most read book by Adrian McKinty on Book Notification is The Chain, a Standalone novel. The second most read book is The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy #1).

Below is a complete list of Adrian McKinty books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Adrian McKinty is the Detective Sean Duffy Series.

List of Michael Forsythe Books in Publication Order

Living in New York as an illegal immigrant, the Irish ex-gangster Michael Forsythe battles with enemies in an attempt to survive.

List of Lighthouse Trilogy Books in Publication Order

YA novels where an Irish teenager discovers a portal to the far off planet Altair. Adventure ensues.

List of Detective Sean Duffy Books in Publication Order

Follows a cop solving crimes in 1980s Northern Ireland during political unrest.

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Adrian McKinty Anthologies in Publication Order

Adrian McKinty: Biography

Adrian McKinty was born in 1968 and is currently 56 years old. Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. McKinty attended University of Warwick where he Studied Law and University of Oxford where he Studied Politics and Philosophy.

Adrian McKinty is the author of the Detective Sean Duffy series which currently consists of 7 novels. The Detective Sean Duffy series started in 2012 with the novel The Cold Cold Ground. The most recently released novel in the Detective Sean Duffy series was The Detective Up Late which was released in 2018. There are no upcoming novels for the Detective Sean Duffy series.

In 2017, Adrian McKinty decided to stop writing due to his novels not being able to support him financially. However author Don Winslow gave some of McKintys novels and ideas to his agent, who convinced Adrian to write The Chain and gave him an advance for writing it which ended up being a huge success.

McKinty has worked various jobs throughout his life such as a door to door salesman, high school teacher and a rugby coach. He also played rugby for the Jerusalem Lions Rugby Club.

Adrian drew a lot of his experiences from growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. He spoke at length to Go Into the Story. about it, and how one of his first memories is being in a major department store when there was a fire bombing. He initially didn't want to write about Belfast. He had been given advice not to write any Irish Crime Fiction because it wasn't a topic anyone wanted to read. Then in 2011 he started writing a chapter which was set in Belfast, and ended up being the beginning of the Sean Duffy series, The Cold, Cold Ground. He thought the book may switch to England or the USA, but the story kept him in Belfast for the entire novel.

The Chain was ranked as one of the best Mystery & Crime Thrillers of 2019 by The Real Book Spy calling the book a game-changer" and not to be missed. In 2022 it would be The Island to make their list of Best Thrillers of the year.

Adrian McKinty: Awards & Accolades

Adrian McKinty has won many awards including:

  • The Dead Yard won the Audie Award, Best Thriller or Suspense, in 2007.
  • Fifty Grand won the Spinetingler Award, Rising Star Award, in 2010.
  • The Cold Cold Ground won the Spinetingler Award, Best Crime Novel, in 2013.
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street won the Barry Award, Best Paperback Original, in 2014.
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone won the Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, in 2014.
  • Rain Dogs won the Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original, in 2017 as well as the Barry Award - Best Paperback Original in 2017.
  • Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly won the Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, in 2017.
  • The Chain won the International Thriller Writers Award, Best Hardcover Novel, in 2020 as well as the Ned Kelly Awards - Best International Crime Fiction in 2020, Theakston's Old Peculier - Crime Novel of the Year in 2020, Macavity Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2020, Barry Award - Best Thriller in 2020.

The following novels by Adrian McKinty were nominated for these awards:

  • Dead I Well May Be: Crime Writer's Association Award, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award (2004).
  • Hidden River: Audie Award, Best Mystery (2006).
  • The Dead Yard: Audie Award, Best Male Narrator (2007).
  • The Lighthouse Land: Beehive Award, Best Young Adult Book (2008). Young Hoosier Awards, Middle Grade (2008).
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel (2013).
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Audie Award, Best Thriller or Suspense (2015).
  • Gun Street Girl: Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel (2015). Audie Award, Best Mystery (2016). RUSA Awards, Mystery Award (2016). Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original (2016). Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original (2016).
  • Rain Dogs: Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel (2016). Theakston's Old Peculier, Crime Novel of the Year (2016). Crime Writer's Association Award, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award (2016). Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original (2017).
  • Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly: International Thriller Writers Award, Best Original Paperback Novel (2018).
  • The Chain: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2019). RUSA Awards, Adrenaline Award (2020).
  • The Detective Up Late: Barry Award, Best Mystery/Crime Novel (2024).

Adrian McKinty: Lists & Other Mentions

  • The Island was a New York Times: Best Thriller Books in 2022.

Adrian McKinty: TV/Movies Based on Books

The Chain was picked up by Universal Pictures in 2019 to be adapted into a movie, although has not been released yet.

Adrian McKinty: F.A.Q

When was Adrian McKinty Born? How old is Adrian McKinty?

Adrian McKinty was born in 1968. Adrian McKinty is currently 56 years old.

Where was Adrian McKinty Born?

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and is Northern Irish.

What book awards has Adrian McKinty won?

The Dead Yard: Audie Award Best Thriller or Suspense (2007).
Fifty Grand: Spinetingler Award Rising Star Award (2010).
The Cold Cold Ground: Spinetingler Award Best Crime Novel (2013).
I Hear the Sirens in the Street: Barry Award Best Paperback Original (2014).
In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Ned Kelly Awards Best Crime Novel (2014).
Rain Dogs: Edgar Award Best Paperback Original (2017), Barry Award Best Paperback Original (2017).
Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly: Ned Kelly Awards Best Crime Novel (2017).
The Chain: International Thriller Writers Award Best Hardcover Novel (2020), Ned Kelly Awards Best International Crime Fiction (2020), Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (2020), Macavity Award Best Mystery Novel (2020), Barry Award Best Thriller (2020).

What was the first book Adrian McKinty wrote?

The first novel written by Adrian McKinty was Orange Rhymes With Everything, published in 1997.

What was the most recent book Adrian McKinty wrote?

His most recently released work was The Island on May 17th, 2022.

Will there be any more books by Adrian McKinty?

Adrian McKinty does not have any upcoming books with a set publication date within the next few months at this time.

How many books has Adrian McKinty written?

Adrian McKinty has written 21 books. 3 books in the Michael Forsythe Series, 3 books in the Lighthouse Trilogy Series, 7 books in the Detective Sean Duffy Series, 8 Standalone Novels.

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    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    I remember reading about Adrian McKinty in The Guardian and getting somewhat irritated with the man. The article said that he went from Uber driving to a massive book deal, which I found annoying. Granted, I did not read the article. I stopped at the headline, thought about my own failed attempts at getting into publishing, and then went to Amazon to see if his books deserved the hype.

    Admittedly, the comparisons between Adrian and me are ridiculous. He actually wrote a book (Several books). I’ve written roughly two chapters of my manuscript in the last three years. Clearly, he’s reaping the fruits of his hard work, and aspiring authors like myself should learn from him.

    You can’t even dismiss his accomplishments as luck. I read The Chain the other day, and it is every bit as imaginative as they say. The man has talent.

    cpottsy71
    cpottsy71
    Reply to  Michael K.
    10 months ago

    That’s a great review. Maybe you should be reading and writing about new authors. You seem to have a knack for it.

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