“A locked room mystery within a manhunt killer, a clever and gripping set-up that helps makes Duffy’s third outing easily his best so far.” —Sunday Times (London)
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
A Catholic cop tracks an IRA master bomber amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland
It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside. Sean knows that if he can crack the "locked-room mystery," the bigger mystery of Dermot's whereabouts might be revealed to him as a reward. Meanwhile the clock is ticking down to the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in 1984, where Mrs. Thatcher is due to give a keynote speech.
“Not content with constructing a complex plot, McKinty further wraps his story around a deliciously old-fashioned ‘locked room’ mystery, the solution to which holds the key to Duffy’s entire investigation. Driven by McKinty’s brand of lyrical, hard-boiled prose, leavened by a fatalistic strain of the blackest humor, In the Morning I’ll Be Gone is a hugely satisfying historical thriller.” —Irish Times
“The explosive conclusion to McKinty’s Troubles trilogy combines an IRA thriller with a locked-room mystery…Though it’s the end of the trilogy, readers will hope that this won’t be the last they see of Sean Duffy.” —Publishers Weekly
“Doyle’s Northern Irish voices will inhabit listeners’ minds long after listening…Both writing and narration are superb in this combination of political thriller and classic locked-room mystery.” —AudioFile
“This is the third in the series and, for me, the best, for it contains a locked room mystery at the heart of a drama about a major terrorist escape from the Maze prison, Belfast in 1983. Written in spare, razor-sharp prose, and leading up to a denouement that creeps up on you and then explodes like a terrorist bomb, it places McKinty firmly in the front rank of modern crime writers.” —Daily Mail (London)
Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. In the mid 1990’s he moved to New York and found work in bars, bookstores, and building sites, finally becoming a high school English teacher in Denver, Colorado. In 2004 Adrian’s debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. Since then his books have sold over half a million copies and been translated into a dozen languages. Adrian won the 2017 Edgar Award and is a two time winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Barry Award.