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Adrian McKinty Adrian McKinty i(A127081 works by)
Born: Established: Carrickfergus,
Northern Ireland,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 2008
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'Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. He studied politics at Oxford University and after a failed legal career he moved to the US in the early 1990s. He found work as a security guard, postman, construction worker, barman, rugby coach and bookstore clerk before becoming a school teacher ... He lives in Melbourne, Australia.' (Source: Allen and Unwin website)

Most Referenced Works


  • McKinty had an established career as a crime writer before moving to Australia. AustLit lists only those books published after McKinty settled in Melbourne.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Chain Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2019 15937205 2019 single work novel thriller

'VICTIM. KIDNAPPER. CRIMINAL. You will become each one. You are now part of the chain. Don't break the chain.


'Listen carefully ...
Your child has been kidnapped.
You must abduct someone else's child to save your own.
Disobey. Break the rules. Go to the cops. Your child will die.
Your victim's parents must kidnap another child before yours is released.
You are now part of the chain.


Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing International Crime Fiction
2020 winner International Awards Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
2020 winner International Awards International Thriller Writers' Thriller Awards Best Hardcover Novel
y separately published work icon Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly London : Serpent's Tail , 2017 10406617 2017 single work novel crime

'Belfast 1988: a man has been shot in the back with an arrow. It ain't Injuns and it isn't Robin Hood. But uncovering exactly who has done it will take Detective Inspector Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on the high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.' (Publication summary)

2017 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2017 longlisted Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
y separately published work icon Rain Dogs New York (City) : Seventh Street Books , 2016 9179102 2016 single work novel crime

'I’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. Yet 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?' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2016 shortlisted International Awards Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
2016 shortlisted International Awards Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Paperback Original
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