'McKinty is one of Britain's great contemporary crime writers and the Sean Duffy books are his masterpiece.'
BOOK 5 IN THE DETECTIVE SEAN DUFFY SERIES
SHORTLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON'S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
SPINETINGLER AWARD WINNER
NED KELLY AWARD WINNER
STEEL DAGGER AWARD SHORTLISTED
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD 2017
It's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy. Riot duty. Heartbreak. Cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked room mysteries in one career?
When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. But there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond.
And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this fifth instalment of the Sean Duffy series, Irish-born Australian Adrian McKinty unfurls a classic locked-room mystery as dogged detective Duffy attempts to unravel the apparent suicide of a female journalist. Set in rain-sodden Northern Ireland, this police procedural captures the troubling political climate of Belfast in the ‘80s. Car bombings and dark humour electrify, fuelling another engrossing read from a master of crime fiction.
Det. Insp. Sean Duffy must solve the equivalent of a locked-room mystery in McKinty's scorching fifth installment in his Troubles-set Northern Irish crime series (after 2015's Gun Street Girl). It's 1987 in Carrickfergus, and Duffy, a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, is constantly on the lookout for mercury tilt switch bombs planted underneath his car, the calling card of the IRA. Meanwhile, the body of Financial Times journalist Lily Bigelow is found in the courtyard of Carrickfergus Castle. The only way in or out of the centuries-old structure, now a tourist attraction, is through a heavy gate, and CCTV footage proves that no one entered or exited the castle at the time of Bigelow's death, making Duffy think that she likely threw herself off one of the high walls inside. But the forensics experts conclude someone murdered Bigelow, whom Duffy soon connects to a delegation of Finnish businessmen visiting Northern Ireland to perhaps bring new jobs. McKinty expertly balances Duffy's tense and suspenseful investigation with the political tensions of the region.
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Great free book of the week
For a free book of the week it really was very good. Going to have to go back now and pick up the rest in the series
Another great read in the Sean Duffy series. I love how McKinty mixes past history with fiction. Thoroughly recommend!!
Great crime book 👍🏻
Lovable protagonist & satisfying reading.