Rain Dogs : A Detective Sean Duffy Novel

Adrian McKinty and Adrian McKinty

Gerard Doyle (Narrator)

03-08-16

10hrs 22min

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03-08-16

10hrs 22min

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Mystery & Detective

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“McKinty’s story opens with a visit to Belfast by ‘sporting royalty’ Muhammad Ali—a challenge narrator Gerard Doyle meets with a gravelly, rhythmic delivery. Even better are Doyle’s varied Irish accents, which help differentiate the various Northern Irish policemen who work with Detective Sean Duffy…Duffy’s journey to Finland to investigate poses an interesting vocal challenge that Doyle handles admirably. His delivery further ratchets up the tension when the threat of IRA bombings and the death of a high-ranking police official add to the mayhem.” AudioFile

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original
Shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel
Shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
Finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
A Barry Award  Nominee for Best Paperback Original
An Anthony Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original
A Boston Globe Pick of the Best Books of the Year
A Booklist Editors’ Choice of the Year
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New York Times Bestselling author Adrian McKinty won an Edgar Award for this “standout in a superior series” (Booklist).

“Shot through with a smart, crackling humor that manages to be both dark and witty…”—The Boston Globe

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. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow 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?

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“McKinty’s story opens with a visit to Belfast by ‘sporting royalty’ Muhammad Ali—a challenge narrator Gerard Doyle meets with a gravelly, rhythmic delivery. Even better are Doyle’s varied Irish accents, which help differentiate the various Northern Irish policemen who work with Detective Sean Duffy…Duffy’s journey to Finland to investigate poses an interesting vocal challenge that Doyle handles admirably. His delivery further ratchets up the tension when the threat of IRA bombings and the death of a high-ranking police official add to the mayhem.” AudioFile

“The tension between McKinty’s competing love of tight, formal puzzles and loose, riffing dialogue is what makes the Duffy novels such a joy.” Guardian (London)

“Set during the Troubles, the Duffy series could be construed as historical fiction…but the books don’t feel like historical novels. They’re too urgent and too topical…His prose style is vital, vigorous, and…if you’re not reading him already, do yourself a favor: start now.” Irish Times

“McKinty captures the mood and flavor of a city perpetually under siege, the life of a detective during wartime [and he] also excels at scene-grabbing set pieces.” Boston Globe

“A first-rate crime thriller that commands attention from the opening pages and keeps the reader interested until the end.” Sydney Morning Herald

“McKinty expertly balances Duffy’s tense and suspenseful investigation with the political tensions of the region.” Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

“Every detail rings true…McKinty manages…another standout in a superior series, combining terrific plotting with evocative historical detail.” Booklist (starred review)

“The pairing of McKinty’s artful prose with Doyle’s Irish brogue is near perfection. He gives distinctive voices to Duffy and each of his colleagues…making it easy for the listener to follow and appreciate McKinty’s smart dialogue, dark humor, and clever plotting.” Booklist (starred audio review)

“McKinty uses some historical events as a basis for a strong moral point of view while still delivering a fine tale.” Library Journal

“Duffy is taking no better care of himself than he ever did. But his copper’s instincts are as sharp as ever in this fifth installment.” Kirkus Reviews

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Release Date March 8, 2016
Language English
Genre Crime, Fiction, General, International Crime & Mystery, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural
Number in Series 5
Series Display String The Sean Duffy Series
Release Date Machine 1457395200
Author Bio
Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. His father was a welder in Harland and Wolff—the shipyard where they built the Titanic; his mother was a school lunch lady and secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship where he studied philosophy. 

Emigrating first to America and then Australia he found work as a door-to-door salesman, a driver, a bookstore clerk, a barman, a high school English teacher, and a semipro rugby player. 

His debut crime novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the 2004 Dagger Award and was optioned by Universal Pictures. He is the author of more than a dozen crime novels that have been translated into over forty languages. He has won the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the Barry Award, the Macavity Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, and is a three-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award.  

His 2020 novel The Chain was a New York Times bestseller and appeared on twenty-five best-of-the-year lists. His 2022 novel The Island was an instant New York Times bestseller and made five best-of-the-year lists including those of the London Times and the New York Times

Adrian is a member of the Linnean Society and the National Audubon Society. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.  

Adrian McKinty

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.

Narrator Bio
Gerard Doyle

Gerard Doyle, a seasoned audio narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. He has taught drama at Ross School for the several years.

Overview

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original
Shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel
Shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
Finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
A Barry Award  Nominee for Best Paperback Original
An Anthony Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original
A Boston Globe Pick of the Best Books of the Year
A Booklist Editors’ Choice of the Year
See All +

New York Times Bestselling author Adrian McKinty won an Edgar Award for this “standout in a superior series” (Booklist).

“Shot through with a smart, crackling humor that manages to be both dark and witty…”—The Boston Globe

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. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow 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?