The Detective Up Late

Adrian McKinty

Gerard Doyle (Narrator)

04-10-23

9hrs 16min

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04-10-23

9hrs 16min

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Mystery & Detective

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“The welcome return of Sean Duffy.” Boston Globe

Finalist for the Voice Arts Award in Mystery
A Washington Post Pick of the 12 Best Thrillers of 2023
A Belfast Telegraph Top 10 Book of 2023
A Washington Post Pick of the Top Three Audiobooks Out Now
An AudioFile Editors’ Pick of 2023's Best Mysteries
A Dayton Daily News Pick of Favorite Crime Novels of 2023 
A Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine Pick of Best Crime Novels of 2023
A Mystery Tribune Pick of Best Crime and Mystery Novels of 2023
A China Rhyming Pick of 2023's Best Crime Novels
A Concrete Islands Pick of 2023's Best Books
A Boston Globe Pick of Best New Books of Summer
A Los Angeles Daily News Pick of Must Reads
A London Guardian Pick of Ultimate Reads 
A Publishers Weekly Pick of Fall's Best Mysteries & Thrillers
A Barnes & Noble Pick of the Month's Thrilling Adventures
A South Florida Sun Sentinel Pick of Must Reads
A Boston Herald Pick for Summer and Beyond
A New Hampshire Weirs Times Pick for Summer Reading
A CrimeReads Pick of the Week's Top 10 Books
A Novel Suspects Pick of August's Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers 
A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book 
A Rap Sheet Pick of Summer Crime Reads
A Real Book Spy Pick for August Reads
See All +

“Adrian McKinty is a gifted storyteller I love to read, and Sean Duffy is a character you will never forget.” – Don Winslow, #1 internationally bestselling author

From New York Times bestselling author Adrian McKinty comes the next thrilling mystery in the Edgar Award–winning Sean Duffy detective series

Slamming the door on the hellscape of 1980s Belfast, Detective Inspector Sean Duffy hopes that the 1990s are going to be better for him and the people of Northern Ireland. As a Catholic cop in the mainly Protestant RUC he still has a target on his back, and with a steady girlfriend and a child the stakes couldn’t be higher. 

After handling a mercurial triple agent and surviving the riots and bombings and assassination attempts, all Duffy wants to do now is live. But in his final days in charge of Carrickfergus CID, a missing persons report captures his attention. A fifteen-year-old traveler girl has disappeared and no one seems to give a damn about it. Duffy begins to dig and uncovers a disturbing underground of men who seem to know her very well. The deeper he digs the more sinister it all gets. Is finding out the truth worth it if DI Duffy is going to get himself and his colleagues killed? Can he survive one last case before getting himself and his family out over the water? 

Praise

“The welcome return of Sean Duffy.” Boston Globe

“Adrian McKinty is a gifted storyteller I love to read, and Sean Duffy is a character you will never forget.” Don Winslow, #1 internationally bestselling author

“In this final installment of the Sean Duffy series, it’s fitting that a Duffy regular narrates. Gerard Doyle has a fabulous brogue and the ability to deliver a sly joke and dialogue between an Irishman and a Scot with equal facility.” AudioFile

“The story is infested with operatives of the IRA and the Ulster Volunteer Force, double agents, triple agents, hit squads, junkies, and murderers, all served up with mordant wit, erudition, and stylistic panache. It’s another superb outing for Duffy.” Washington Post

“There’s an ambivalence about almost every aspect of the book, including Duffy himself. He’s a Catholic in the RUC, a man out of sync. The Troubles weave in and out of the narratives, reminding us of what an extreme time it was. These are crime novels that are unafraid to explore the complications of living at a time when which church you went to could be enough to get you killed.”  The Guardian (London)

“The writing is first-rate, and the story commands attention from the opening pages…The Detective Up Late is a fine piece of crime fiction and is one of my favorites of the year so far. Once more McKinty sets the standard for clever, reflective novels of detection.” Murder, Mayhem, and Long Dogs

“Written with style, lyricism, and wry dark humor, nobody writes literary crime fiction like Adrian McKinty.” Belfast Telegraph

“[McKinty] is not your typical mystery writer, there’s a way in which he’s overeducated and esoteric…I love him most for his Detective Sean Duffy series.” Colin McEnroe, host of Connecticut Public Radio on NPR/PBS

“You know how the state of the world can sometimes seem irredeemably awful? The fact that we’re getting a new Sean Duffy novel from Adrian McKinty is proof that wonderful things happen. Known for bestsellers The Chain and The Island, McKinty has been writing a multinovel masterpiece about a Belfast detective during the Troubles that you need to read. This is the seventh book (and not the last, I hear) so start reading now so you’ll be ready when it hits stores.” Southern California News Group

“Set in Northern Ireland during the period known as the Troubles, these novels are superb…In this new book Duffy is older and wiser. There’s lots of action and a sizzling plot.” Dayton Daily News

“A highlight of the year in books was undoubtedly the return of Carrickfergus’s finest, DI Duffy…As is always the case with the best crime fiction, it transcends the genre. Not only an exploration of a violent and wild period in history, it tells people’s stories, captures the dialogue, and gives you a sense of the times and how they lived through them.” Concrete Islands

“McKinty manages to draw you right into the story with a writing style that is both descriptive and evocative, yet sparse and direct. The plotting is tight and the characters are brought to life with a simple accented phrase that manages to place them perfectly. The tone is bang on and the dialogue perfectly defines the personality of each successive character Duffy meets.” Crime Fiction HQ

“Superbly written and tightly plotted, this is suspenseful and atmospheric with moments of very high-tension action. Throughout the series, the character development has also been very strong, especially for Duffy who we’ve seen change from a young, reckless young man to a more mature, more responsible version, but still with his strong sense of justice.”  Mystery & Suspense

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Language English
Release Day Apr 9, 2023
Release Date April 10, 2023
Number in Series 7
Series Display String The Sean Duffy Series
Release Date Machine 1681084800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Literature & Fiction, Police Procedurals, International Crime & Mystery, Sean Duffy Series
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.  

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

Finalist for the Voice Arts Award in Mystery
A Washington Post Pick of the 12 Best Thrillers of 2023
A Belfast Telegraph Top 10 Book of 2023
A Washington Post Pick of the Top Three Audiobooks Out Now
An AudioFile Editors’ Pick of 2023's Best Mysteries
A Dayton Daily News Pick of Favorite Crime Novels of 2023 
A Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine Pick of Best Crime Novels of 2023
A Mystery Tribune Pick of Best Crime and Mystery Novels of 2023
A China Rhyming Pick of 2023's Best Crime Novels
A Concrete Islands Pick of 2023's Best Books
A Boston Globe Pick of Best New Books of Summer
A Los Angeles Daily News Pick of Must Reads
A London Guardian Pick of Ultimate Reads 
A Publishers Weekly Pick of Fall's Best Mysteries & Thrillers
A Barnes & Noble Pick of the Month's Thrilling Adventures
A South Florida Sun Sentinel Pick of Must Reads
A Boston Herald Pick for Summer and Beyond
A New Hampshire Weirs Times Pick for Summer Reading
A CrimeReads Pick of the Week's Top 10 Books
A Novel Suspects Pick of August's Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers 
A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book 
A Rap Sheet Pick of Summer Crime Reads
A Real Book Spy Pick for August Reads
See All +

“Adrian McKinty is a gifted storyteller I love to read, and Sean Duffy is a character you will never forget.” – Don Winslow, #1 internationally bestselling author

From New York Times bestselling author Adrian McKinty comes the next thrilling mystery in the Edgar Award–winning Sean Duffy detective series

Slamming the door on the hellscape of 1980s Belfast, Detective Inspector Sean Duffy hopes that the 1990s are going to be better for him and the people of Northern Ireland. As a Catholic cop in the mainly Protestant RUC he still has a target on his back, and with a steady girlfriend and a child the stakes couldn’t be higher. 

After handling a mercurial triple agent and surviving the riots and bombings and assassination attempts, all Duffy wants to do now is live. But in his final days in charge of Carrickfergus CID, a missing persons report captures his attention. A fifteen-year-old traveler girl has disappeared and no one seems to give a damn about it. Duffy begins to dig and uncovers a disturbing underground of men who seem to know her very well. The deeper he digs the more sinister it all gets. Is finding out the truth worth it if DI Duffy is going to get himself and his colleagues killed? Can he survive one last case before getting himself and his family out over the water?