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Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 onwards Denver, Colorado where he taught high school English and began writing fiction.[1]

Adrian McKinty
Born 1968
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Writer
Nationality Irish
Education University of Warwick, University of Oxford
Writing period 1990's-
Genres Crime Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Literary movement Celtic New Wave in Crime Fiction
Notable work(s) Dead I Well May Be (Dead Trilogy)
Notable award(s) Steel Dagger Shortlist 2004, Beehive Award Shortlist 2008, Audie Award 2007
Spouse(s) Leah
Children Arwynn, Sophie
Official website

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Writing career

McKinty has written nine books, six of which form two trilogies. [2] He is primarily known as a writer of genre fiction: crime and mystery novels and young adult fiction. McKinty writes in a stylized prose manner with echoes of James Ellroy, and Elmore Leonard. Publishers Weekly has called him "one of his generation's leading talents" [3] and Patrick Anderson of the Washington Post has praised McKinty as a leading light in the new wave of Irish crime novelists whose most celebrated members are Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes and John Connolly.[4] McKinty has been criticised for the explicit use of violence in his novels,[5] however John O'Connor reviewing McKinty's "Fifty Grand" in The Guardian [6] called him a "master of modern noir, up there with the likes of Dennis Lehane." McKinty uses the classic noir tropes of revenge and betrayal to explore his characters' existential quest for meaning in an often bleak but lyrically intense universe. [7]

Awards

  • His debut crime novel Dead I Well May Be was short-listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award 2004.[8]
  • His debut young adult novel The Lighthouse Land was shortlisted for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award [9] and the 2008 Beehive Award [10]
  • The Dead Yard was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 12 Best Novels of 2006 [11] and won the 2007 Audie Award for best thriller/suspense. [12]
  • The Bloomsday Dead was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award [13]

Michael Forsythe Trilogy

  1. Dead I Well May Be (Scribner) 2003
  2. The Dead Yard (Scribner) 2006
  3. The Bloomsday Dead (Scribner) 2007

The Lighthouse Trilogy

  1. The Lighthouse Land (Abrams) 2006
  2. The Lighthouse War (Abrams) 2007
  3. The Lighthouse Keepers (Abrams) 2008

Individual novels

  1. Orange Rhymes With Everything (Morrow) 1998
  2. Hidden River (Scribner) 2005
  3. Fifty Grand (Holt) 2009

Personal life

Having apparently given up on a legal career in England, McKinty found work in America as a security guard, barman, bookstore clerk, high school teacher, rugby coach, librarian and door to door salesman before becoming a full time writer. He is married with two children and lives in St Kilda, Australia.[1]

Trivia

  • In 2008 McKinty alleged that he had been offered books for sale from Ernest Hemingway's Cuban residence,[14] the Finca Vigia.
  • In 1999 McKinty played loose head prop forward for the Jerusalem Lions Rugby Team. [15]
  • His younger brother Gareth McKinty served with the British armed forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. [16]

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